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Rochester Hills Votes to Fund Police Services for Next 10 Years

The "yes" votes win 70-30 percent in Tuesday's primary for the police service millage plan in Rochester Hills.

Voters in Rochester Hills voiced their overwhelming support of a plan to fund police services for the next decade.

The police funding millage passed:

  • 9,047 voted yes (69.79 percent).
  • 3,916 voted no (30.21 percent).

The millage plan, drafted by a citizen-led committee after dozens of community meetings over the past three years, renews for 10 years the 1.2083 mills that expire at the end of 2013. It also levies an additional 2.5 mills for police services.

Police services in Rochester Hills are currently funded through the expiring special police millages as well as funds from the city's general fund.

In approving the draft ballot language in May, Rochester Hills City Council approved a resolution promising to reduce the general fund millage levy by 2.5 mills — in essence clarifying that this would not be a tax increase. 

Police services in Rochester Hills are contracted through the . That costs about $9 million a year. 

Bryan Barnett August 08, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Thank you residents for your trust and support.
Scot Beaton August 08, 2012 at 05:43 AM
A) So I will chalk this one up to the $25,000 taxpayer funded NO NEW TAX campaign. I'm in the advertising business and if you keep telling your consumer over and over again -- whether the message is true or false they will believe you. And when your competition has zero dollars to get their message out... well you don't have to be smarter than a 5th grader to figure out who wins that battle. B) Or I will chalk this one up to the overwhelming love affair and trust Rochester Hills voters have with their elected officials. Council Members: Hooper, Rosen, Tisdel, Kochkenderfer, Webber, Klomp voted yes for the up to 3.7083 mills tax increase, Yalamanchi voted no -- so he must be totally clueless understanding the trust our residents have for our Mayor and Council. You decide A or B... let the Patch know post a comment. The proof will be in the pudding... page 215 -- projected 2013 RH budget has $4,749,610 general fund dollars dedicated for police which now our new tax will cover instead -- so were looking at almost five million bucks your trusted elected officials can't touch without raising taxes -- it will be fun to see how long that lasts.
doug August 08, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Scott: The only statistic that will never be known is how many people who voted yes actually knew what they are votng for. It is sad that our local government feels the need to be less than transparent. My issue was never about supporting the police. I would have voted for an increase. I just didnt like the process. As I wrote prior, the only way to hold all public officials accountable, is to engage them. It is not through blogs, letters, etc....it needs to be organized. Political Action Committees with funding can mount serious oppositon when warranted. This Police Millage is one example.. If any of the City Councilmen or the Mayor go back on their resolution not to spend the free General Fund dollars this created, that can be used in full force when they run again. That takes money......stay tuned
Daryl Patrishkoff August 08, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Mayor Barnett, Congratulations on getting the voters to pass this 2.5 millage increase. Now that the vote is over we have several questions that have been unanswered. Would you please respond so we know what to expect in the future? We just want to clear up the uncertainty, this will help us plan our budgets so the economic stalemate we are in can start to move in a direction. 1. Why was this proposal in a low turnout Primary vote when a major vote is coming in November? 2. Why did you not ask for a renewal of the Police Funding millage without the 2.5 millage increase? 3. Why did you offer a non-binding promise to not use the 2.5 millage? 4. Do you expect the next administration to hold to this non-binding promise? 5. Why didn’t you ask for the tax increase when you needed it with complete justification? 6. Do you believe the citizens and businesses can just keep paying more in taxes? These questions are county wide and you might want to give your perspective on these issues: 1. Why should all of the Tri-County area pay for the DIA when so few actually use it? 2. Why can’t the DIA be independent like many other local and national museums? Thank you and we look forward to your responses.
Baylea August 08, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Bryan, you and Webber are supposed to be a conservative Republicans? Mark Tisdale is a Tea Partier? Really? Not by what has just occurred. You must and will be held accountable for your actions.
Ivy August 08, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I will stay home more knowing there are more cops that will be giving frivolous tickets. A frivolous ticket can make a shopping trip or going out to dinner really expensive. I cannot believe that the community wants more of these thugs (cops) issuing tickets (street tax) on them.
DJC August 08, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Does anyone know when the Rochester Hills City Council has scheduled a vote to reduce the general fund millage levy by 2.5 mills? This question should be asked every meeting until it is passed.
doug August 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
They can't vote to reduce the General Fund!! that was the nice little trick they pulled on the voters, and it WORKED... It can only be reduced by a Charter Amendement which you can be guaranteed will never be proposed to the voters. Voters get what they deserve.
Scot Beaton August 08, 2012 at 07:07 PM
DJC It's a little more complicated than just doing that -- that's why the literature the city put out was so misleading. What actually will happen by this fall City Council will reduce the general fund levy by about 1.5 mills... shift that levy to the new voted 2.5 mill police tax. This will all take place during their 2013 public hearing budget meetings -- you're invited to speak up -- . This will free up about 1.5 mills of general fund levy, and about 1 mill of police levy that they have promised not to touch. If they do that... that would send the city's total levy over the magic 9.7060 number the they have promised not to raise. DJC they will never vote to reduce the general fund millage levy by 2.5 mills -- that would have devastating consequences -- you would have to do something really big like eliminate the parks department. P.S. wish or Mayor would be the one answering your question, and Daryl's questions -- isn't that one of the reasons why we pay him six figures?
Daryl Patrishkoff August 08, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Doug, Let us get started on the organization so we are ready for the upcoming proposals that we all know are coming. I am in, I know many more people that are interested in holding our elected officials accountable for their actions. We will use our resources and the system to change their behavior so they will actually serve all of the citizens of Rochester Hills. The sleeping giant is waking up.
doug August 09, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Daryl: Its all about informing voters and then letting them decide. I have no issue with accepting a mandate of the voters and then moving forward. What I do have an issue with, is when those in power use that position to manipulate people. In this case, the city did everything they could to keep the facts of this proposal quiet and slide it through. They should not allow major millage requests to be part of a primary ballot in the same year as a general election. If you are truly interested in creating a Political Action Committee, leave an email address you can be contacted at to begin this dialogue.
Daryl Patrishkoff August 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Doug, I am interested in getting this going. dpatrish1955@comcast.net
Dan Welch August 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Doug, please tell us you are not a McMillin supporter like Daryl. How does McMillin pay for all of those robocalls? Transparency? That is just the tip of the ice berg.
doug August 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Noooooooo....I have no problem with people supporting whomever they want. I am not a fan of T.McMillan. It does create a quandry in November. I can't support his competitor, because of her MEA support. Maybe a write in..... Tom Mcmillans expenses are all a matter of public record. Oakland County actually has a nice site (clerk) where you can look up all election related reporting online.
Dan Welch August 10, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Robocall expenses aren't on the Oak Cty site or SOS. The AFA (hate group) or Yob family pays for McMillin's robocalls off the books. Would be a great thing for a reporter to look into.
doug August 10, 2012 at 04:01 AM
If i recall correctly, campaign expenses under $500 do not need to be reported. an individual or group can spend under that limit (in total) and remain anonymous. Robocalls are fairly cheap,
Daryl Patrishkoff August 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Doug, You do not know me, who I support and what I do. I am trying to figure out what your motivation is to call me a McMillin supporter. I understand there are plenty of people in our community that demonize McMillin, it has become an entertainment sport for many. This is because he is a fiscal responsible conservative that states what he believes; he gets attacked on his personal beliefs to demonize him. I am pushing for a fiscal responsible government that is sustainable; I want to hold all of our elected officials accountable for their actions, not words. If that makes me a McMillin supporter in your mind, then so be it. I have only supported 1 candidate in my whole life and it was for the local RCS board position, I donated my time and money and attended a few events that he held. If he went up again I would support him again because I believed in what he was doing. I must then assume your linking me to McMillin is to demonize me because of the stand I am taking about being fiscally responsible. Why don't you take the honest approach and debate the issue of this post? Try to get back on point, opening debate the issues of the post and stop the games. This is serious stuff and we need the decision makers (voters) to make informed decisions. Present all of the facts, both sides of the issue and let them decide. The sleeping giant is waking up, can you feel the heat?
Daryl Patrishkoff August 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM
I stand corrected, the note was to Dan, not Doug.

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