millage http://michiganradio.org en Kent County considers asking voters for dedicated veteran millage http://michiganradio.org/post/kent-county-considers-asking-voters-dedicated-veteran-millage <p></p><p>Like a lot of counties in Michigan, Kent County uses money out of its general fund to pay for services for veterans who live there. Right now that amounts to $8 per veteran. As a comparison, Oakland County spends more than three times as much per veteran. Livingston County spends nearly seven times as much.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 01:21:41 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17537 at http://michiganradio.org Kent County considers asking voters for dedicated veteran millage State lawmakers to discuss changing when millage elections are held http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-discuss-changing-when-millage-elections-are-held <p>Some state lawmakers want to limit when local governments can hold property tax elections.</p><p>Right now, People in Michigan can find themselves voting on <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,1607,7-238-43715-154015--F,00.html">millages</a> in February, May, August or November each year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:19:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15099 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers to discuss changing when millage elections are held Would hiking property taxes save Wayne County? http://michiganradio.org/post/would-hiking-property-taxes-save-wayne-county <p>It's no secret Wayne County is in rough financial shape, with an accumulated deficit nearing $200 million.</p><p>County budget officials say a financial review team that could lead to an emergency manager may not be far off.</p><p>Yet perhaps all is not lost: those same budget watchers say the county can still get back on the right track.</p><p>But their solution is about as politically popular as a property tax increase for Wayne County residents.</p><p>Because it IS a proposed property tax increase for Wayne County residents.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:11:13 +0000 Kate Wells 13830 at http://michiganradio.org Would hiking property taxes save Wayne County? In this morning's news: Chrysler recall, disaster declaration in MI, Detroit Zoo and DIA saved http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-chrysler-recall-disaster-declaration-mi-detroit-zoo-and-dia-saved <p><strong>Chrysler waves the white flag</strong></p><p>Chrysler is now <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-officials-change-their-minds-will-go-forward-jeep-recall">agreeing to recall </a>some 2.7 million older model Jeeps. At first, Chrysler refused to recall the cars and the company maintains the vehicles are not defective. Safety regulators say 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty Vehicles can catch on fire when they're rear-ended. The design flaw has killed 51 people in fiery crashes.</p><p><strong>Michigan counties will receive disaster relief </strong></p><p>President Obama has <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/president-signs-disaster-declaration-16-michigan-counties-hard-hit-spring-floods">approved a disaster declaration</a> for 16 Michigan counties hard hit by spring floods. The declaration will help communities repair and rebuild roads, bridges and other public infrastructure damaged in the flooding. This does not include assistance for individuals or businesses. State and federal agencies will soon hold briefings across the state to help communities understand and start the application process.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Detroit Zoo and the DIA are safe</strong></p><p>Legislation was signed into law yesterday allowing the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-laws-will-protect-dia-and-detroit-zoo-millage-funding"> Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute of Arts</a> to get millions of dollars in tax revenues as promised from the metro region. Several metro cities were skimming some of the revenue generated by multi-county millages voters approved to support the zoo and the museum.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:11:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13124 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Chrysler recall, disaster declaration in MI, Detroit Zoo and DIA saved Some Wayne County towns use money intended for Detroit Zoo for other projects http://michiganradio.org/post/some-wayne-county-towns-use-money-intended-detroit-zoo-other-projects <p>Some communities in Wayne County have been using tens of thousands of dollars in property tax money intended to support the Detroit Zoo for their own civic improvement projects.</p><p>Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties approved a property tax increase in 2008 to help fund the Detroit Zoo.&nbsp;</p><p>But the <em>Detroit Free Press </em>reports some Wayne County cities have collected the tax and spent it instead on sprucing up their own downtowns.&nbsp;&nbsp;In some years, the money has added up to more than $200,000.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:23:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 10873 at http://michiganradio.org Some Wayne County towns use money intended for Detroit Zoo for other projects Benton Harbor faces consequences after millage rejection http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-faces-consequences-after-millage-rejection <p>The City of Benton Harbor could face major staffing cuts after voters rejected a millage renewal this week. The cash-strapped city has been under the control of a state-appointed emergency financial manager for two years.</p><p>“When I heard the news my heart just sank. I didn’t believe it,” Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower said, calling the rejection “unreal”. The millage helps pay for basic city operations.</p><p>Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower believes voters were misled in part by some elected officials who are against the emergency financial manager.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 13:34:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9848 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor faces consequences after millage rejection Election: Flint voters to decide big property tax increase http://michiganradio.org/post/election-flint-voters-decide-big-property-tax-increase <p>Flint voters face a tough choice on Election Day.</p><p>Agree to a big property tax increase…or face even more cuts to the city’s overburdened police and fire departments.</p><p>On November Sixth, Flint voters will decide if they are willing to pay an additional 6 mills on their property taxes or about 79 dollars extra a year for the average home owner.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Supporters say about five million dollars would be raised for police and fire protection.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 9569 at http://michiganradio.org Election: Flint voters to decide big property tax increase Kent County voters to decide on millage for community college http://michiganradio.org/post/kent-county-voters-decide-millage-community-college <p>Volunteers in Kent County are making a last minute push to get out the vote Tuesday. They&rsquo;ll be knocking on doors and making phone calls running up to Tuesday&rsquo;s election.</p><p>Voters will decide on a county-wide millage increase to renovate outdated buildings at Grand Rapids Community College.</p><p>The millage would pay for basic improvements to almost every building on campus. Mon, 07 May 2012 02:11:53 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7348 at http://michiganradio.org Kent County voters to decide on millage for community college Macomb County says 'no' to proposed DIA millage http://michiganradio.org/post/macomb-county-says-no-proposed-dia-millage <p><a href="http://dia.org">The Detroit Institute of Arts</a> wanted to ask Macomb County residents to pay a tax to help bring in much-needed cash for the museum, which has already cut 20 percent of its staff and reduced its budget.</p><p>But county commissioners killed the idea.</p><p>Wayne County Commissioners last month <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120330/ENT05/203300335/DIA-millage-Proposal-heads-toward-vote-in-Wayne-Co-">voted to create an arts authority</a> to look at getting a DIA millage proposal in front of voters.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:50:36 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7007 at http://michiganradio.org Macomb County says 'no' to proposed DIA millage Supporters kick off campaign to pass GRCC millage in May http://michiganradio.org/post/supporters-kick-campaign-pass-grcc-millage-may <p>People supporting a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-community-college-ask-kent-county-voters-approve-100-million-bond">new tax millage for Grand Rapids Community College </a>kicked off their campaign Wednesday. The millage would raise almost $100 million over 20 years pay to renovate almost every building on campus; including the main building constructed 90 years ago.</p><p>Students, employers, Democrats and even some Republicans gathered at the school&rsquo;s Music Center Wednesday morning.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:20:31 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6636 at http://michiganradio.org Supporters kick off campaign to pass GRCC millage in May Grand Rapids Community College to ask Kent County voters to approve $100 million bond http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-community-college-ask-kent-county-voters-approve-100-million-bond <p>Voters in Kent County will decide on a&nbsp;millage increase for Grand Rapids Community College this May. The college&rsquo;s board of trustees voted to put the question on the May ballot Monday night.</p><p>GRCC&rsquo;s President Steven Enders says the tax increase is worth it for everyone living near Grand Rapids.&nbsp;&ldquo;You cannot begin to put a value of the impact of this institution on Kent County and this region. It is just not as simple as counting numbers,&quot; Enders said.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 03:14:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5906 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Community College to ask Kent County voters to approve $100 million bond Lansing voters asked to increase property taxes (again) http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-voters-asked-increase-property-taxes-again <p>For a second time this year, Lansing voters will be asked to decide if they want to increase their property taxes. There are fears of deep cuts in police and fire protection if the millage is rejected again.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;In May, Lansing voters rejected a millage increase. After that, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-approves-budget-deep-cuts-public-safety">the city laid off 47 police officers and firefighters</a> to close a multi-million dollar budget gap.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 02:45:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 3956 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing voters asked to increase property taxes (again) Lansing facing big projected shortfall in next year's city budget http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-facing-big-projected-shortfall-next-years-city-budget <p>Two months into the fiscal year, Lansing city leaders are being warned of a looming multi-million dollar budget shortfall.&nbsp; Lansing City Finance Director Jerry Ambrose told the city council last night that current budget projections suggest the capital city could be looking at a projected $12 to $15 million budget shortfall next year.&nbsp;</p><p>Council president A&rsquo;Lynne Robinson says given the past few years, the news isn&#39;t unexpected. She&nbsp;hopes a ten month head start will help&nbsp;the city council and mayor deal with the budget problem.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We are trying to learn from some of the things we have learned have not been very successful&hellip;as far as how we have worked together with the administration&hellip;and I think we&rsquo;ve made some progress.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Robinson predicts the administration may want to ask voters for a millage increase to deal with next year&#39;s expected budget shortfall. Lansing voters rejected a millage increase in May. That forced deep budget cuts and layoffs in public safety this year. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 03:45:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 3869 at http://michiganradio.org Washtenaw County voters approve special education millage http://michiganradio.org/post/washtenaw-county-voters-approve-special-education-millage <p>Voters in Washtenaw County passed a special education millage renewal in yesterday&#39;s election. That means local school districts and charter schools in the county will receive about $14 million dollars for special education services. According to <a href="http://electionresults.ewashtenaw.org/may2011/cumulativereport.html">unofficial election results released by Washtenaw County</a>, 76% of voters approved the millage renewal.</p><p>Heritage Newspapers <a href="http://www.heritage.com/articles/2011/05/03/heritagewest/news/doc4dc0d0a03bf12326606025.txt?viewmode=default">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The millage is specifically for special education students, who make up about 14 percent of the students within the WISD. The largest number is faced with some form of learning disability, and the second most have a speech or language impairment. Wed, 04 May 2011 10:37:12 +0000 Zoe Clark 2339 at http://michiganradio.org Washtenaw County voters approve special education millage Flint voters split on public safety millages http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-voters-split-public-safety-millages <p>Voters in Flint sent a mixed message on public safety on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Mayor Dayne Walling was glad to see voters renew a millage that pays for more than a dozen police officers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very pleased to see the voters have overwhelmingly supported the&nbsp;renewal of our police force.&nbsp; &nbsp;The budget that was proposed to the&nbsp;city council&hellip;every dollar that we projected in that budget will now be able to be expected.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 04 May 2011 04:49:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 2337 at http://michiganradio.org Flint voters split on public safety millages It's "Millage Time" - find links to May 3rd election results http://michiganradio.org/post/its-millage-time-find-links-may-3rd-election-results <p>Dozens of communities across Michigan will be voting on millages that will raise or maintain their current property and real estate taxes to support city services and their school systems.</p><p>There are also many communities voting for candidates for school and community college boards.</p><p>To find election results in your area, you can find a link to your local county&#39;s election page on our <strong><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/electionmap">election coverage map</a></strong>.</p><p>Polls are open until 8 p.m. Tue, 03 May 2011 21:07:18 +0000 Mark Brush 2331 at http://michiganradio.org It's "Millage Time" - find links to May 3rd election results Election day in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/election-day-michigan <p>It&rsquo;s <a href="http://mi.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127--255434--,00.html">election day</a> in Michigan. But few people expect long lines at polling stations across Michigan.</p><p>There are dozens of school millage votes and school board elections taking place today&nbsp;in Michigan.&nbsp; But school races rarely draw large crowds of voters.</p><p>There are a few communities voting on controversial, or at least well publicized, issues.</p><p><a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/flint-voters-must-decide-two-public-safety-millages-tuesday">Flint </a>voters are casting ballots on two millages.&nbsp; One would generate $2 million&nbsp;a year to reopen the city jail. The other would continue to fund a dozen police officers.</p><p><a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-voters-have-choice-higher-taxes-or-deeper-cuts-public-safety">Lansing</a> voters are deciding if they want to increase their property taxes to trim their city&rsquo;s projected 20-plus million dollar budget deficit nearly in half.</p><p>And in <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/jackson-residents-face-difficult-choice-tuesdays-public-safety-merger-vote">Jackson</a>, voters will decide if they want to merge their city police and fire departments into one public safety department. Tue, 03 May 2011 06:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2315 at http://michiganradio.org Election day in Michigan Testing Time http://michiganradio.org/post/testing-time <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-966822.mp3</p><p>Everyone understands that our cities are going to have to make do with less help from Lansing. In fact, nearly every city, village and township&nbsp; in Michigan has had a harder time the last few years.</p><p>Not only has revenue sharing been cut; declining property values and more foreclosures has meant less tax revenue.</p><p>Now, we are about to find out the answer to a crucial question:&nbsp; Are the residents of hard-hit cities going to be willing to pay a little extra to keep up services and their quality of life?</p><p>Tomorrow, a number of cities around the state will ask their residents to do just that. Perhaps the most important of these elections is in Southfield, just north of Detroit in Oakland County, one of the many suburbs that exploded after the coming of the freeways.</p><p>Southfield&rsquo;s gleaming office towers hold a daytime population of perhaps two hundred thousand. But at night, seventy-one thousand people call Southfield home. The city is one of well-kept split levels and ranch houses, with a lovely city center complex and one of Michigan&rsquo;s newest and largest libraries.</p><p>Thirty years ago, Southfield was populated largely by young Jewish families. Today, it hasn&rsquo;t lost its leafy character, but is now seventy percent African-American. Thanks largely to the recession, housing values have crashed, and so have sales tax receipts.</p><p>Mayor Brenda Lawrence and the other city leaders know they are on the point of a knife. They have to keep services up and crime down, or their city could topple into urban decay. They don&rsquo;t say it aloud, but their biggest fear is that Southfield could become Detroit. Mon, 02 May 2011 15:41:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2305 at http://michiganradio.org Testing Time Flint voters must decide on two public safety millages on Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-voters-must-decide-two-public-safety-millages-tuesday <p>This week, Flint residents will vote on two millages that could affect <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-killings-and-criminals-must-be-stopped">crime</a> in their city.&nbsp; The results may depend on whether voters are more concerned about taxes or about crime.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 01 May 2011 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2287 at http://michiganradio.org Flint voters must decide on two public safety millages on Tuesday May 3rd millages: Facing big deficits, some cities and schools seek to raise taxes http://michiganradio.org/post/may-3rd-millages-facing-big-deficits-some-cities-and-schools-seek-raise-taxes <p>The impact of the Great Recession continues to be felt as cities and school districts across Michigan seek to raise revenues for basic services.</p><p>There&#39;s no federal bailout money to help this time around. And the state of Michigan is planning to cut revenue sharing to cities. The state also plans to cut school budgets.</p><p>Millages to raise revenue are nothing new, but this time around budgets are strapped. A failed millage could lead to more layoffs of police and fire officials in some cities. And schools might face more personnel layoffs as well.</p><p>On Tuesday, May 3rd, voters will decided whether to raise&nbsp; their property and real estate taxes, or to at least continue them at current levels.</p><p>Here&#39;s a breakdown of some of the issues that will be on ballots around the state. It&#39;s by no means exhaustive. For and exhaustive list, you can check out the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/May_3-11_Elec_Jurisdictions2_348976_7.pdf">Michigan Secretary of State</a>.</p><p>Note: One <a href="http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Mill">mill </a>is equal to $1.00 per $1,000 of assessed value, so if your house is assessed at $150,000, one mill would cost you $150 per year in property taxes. Fri, 29 Apr 2011 20:53:02 +0000 Mark Brush 2270 at http://michiganradio.org May 3rd millages: Facing big deficits, some cities and schools seek to raise taxes