Your Berkley, Your Vote
Two funding proposals on the November ballot will offer Berkley voters the opportunity to decide on improved roads and more recreation options.
The first proposal, for infrastructure improvements, is for 2 mills and would raise about $1.14 million annually over the next 10 years. The second is a 20-year bond proposal for $15.37 million to construct a new community center. The City Council approved ballot language for both proposals by a 7-0 vote at the June 18 meeting.
A third funding proposal, to renovate City Hall at a cost of $4.5 million, was also discussed during a series of town hall meetings held over the past few months. The City Council agreed to delay this request and explore the idea of a public/private partnership on the City Hall property. It presents an opportunity to enhance a gateway corner at 12 Mile and Coolidge, and potentially expand the use of the publicly-owned property while attracting new businesses to Berkley.
“If we can find the right partnership, it’s a win/win for everyone,” Mayor Pro Tem Steve Baker said. “If we can’t, we can always consider putting City Hall on a future ballot.”
Mayor Dan Terbrack added, “Our hope is that, by setting one proposal aside, we will still be able to implement sound plans that will ultimately improve the quality of life for everyone in Berkley for years to come.”
If the two proposals are approved, the owner of a home with a taxable value of $75,000 would pay around $280 a year in additional taxes. Voters will be asked to consider the following ballot language:
Berkley City Charter Amendment for Capital Improvement Project Millage
Shall Section 9.4 of the Charter of the City of Berkley, Oakland County, Michigan, be amended to permit the levy by the City of an additional ad valorem property tax in an amount not to exceed two (2) mills for ten (10) years, from 2019 through 2028, to acquire and construct capital improvements for the City, including roads, streets, water, sewer and other capital improvement projects? It is estimated that 2 mills would raise approximately $1,142,783 when first levied in 2019.
[ ] YES [ ] NO
Community Center Bond Proposal
Shall the City of Berkley, Michigan, borrow the principal sum of not to exceed Fifteen Million Three Hundred Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($15,375,000), payable in not to exceed twenty-one (21) years from the date of issue, and issue its unlimited tax general obligation bonds to pay the cost of acquiring, constructing, furnishing and equipping a new community center, including demolition of existing structures, parking and site improvements? The estimated millage to be levied in 2019 is 0.8837 mills ($0.88 per $1,000 of taxable value) and the estimated simple average annual millage rate required to retire the bonds is 1.6335 mills ($1.63 per $1,000 of taxable value).
[ ] YES [ ] NO
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