Municipal Infrastructure Improvements: Challenges and Opportunities
During the January 16, 2018 open house, city leaders shared important information about specific challenges related to needed improvements for Berkley’s road network and municipal buildings. The purpose of this webpage is to share the information presented during the open house and provide updates as developments occur.
City infrastructure includes local roads, water mains, the sewer system and municipal buildings. Each is in need of upgrades or repairs. Municipal buildings, the Community Center and city hall, have both outlived their useful life. Over time, limited funds have been available to address these needs due to stagnant revenue and decreases in state funding. There is currently no sustainable funding method in place to pay for annual road improvement projects. Funding for capital building projects is limited.
In spite of ongoing maintenance efforts, roads continue to deteriorate and the integrity of municipal buildings continue to decline due to age. Residents will be asked to consider the following funding strategies in order to address these concerns:
- Road Millage - 2 mills for 10 years
- $15.25 million bond proposal to construct a new Community Center
- $4.5 million bond proposal to renovate City Hall
The proposals are scheduled to appear on the November 2018 ballot. If all three proposals are approved, the annual cost for the owner of a home with a taxable value of $75,000 would be about $318 per year or 87 cents per day. Voter approval is required for all of the financial options under consideration and none will be implemented without voter approval. Opportunities for more public dialogue will be scheduled and communicated via the city’s website, social media and email.
Click here to estimate how these proposals may affect your property taxes.