Public services and quality infrastructure are key aspects of the quality of life for a vibrant community. The City of Howell is asking for a 4.5 mill millage increase for a five year period on November 6, 2018. The request is to help fund these services and needed pavement improvements.
The City of Howell is at a point that it requires new revenue to maintain current services and be able to invest in its infrastructure. Without this change the City will be facing reductions in essential services.
How did this happen?
During the 2008 recession the City saw its taxable value decline by 27.6% resulting in a reduction of $1.3 Million in property tax revenue.
Artificial caps imposed by the State of Michigan through Proposal A and the Headlee Amendment still puts the City a long way away from getting back to previous levels of taxable value.
How will the money be used?
The vast majority of the funds will be dedicated to replacing existing pavement. The City has identified an estimated $18 Million needed pavement improvements (click here for a map). A small portion of the funds will be dedicated to maintaining current service levels.
Where can I learn more?
The City will be holding the following Public Education Sessions prior to Election Day:
1) Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m., Budget & Brews at Cleary's Pub, 117 E. Grand River.
2) Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m., LESA, 1425 W. Grand River.
3) Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m., location to be determined.
Michigan's Broken Municipal Finance System Presentation
City of Howell 2018-2019 Proposed Budget Presentation
Meeting Notes from August 29th Public Meeting