Farmington Hills voters approve road millage

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published November 7, 2018

 Flanders Street in Farmington Hills was in rough shape in 2016.

Flanders Street in Farmington Hills was in rough shape in 2016.

File photo by Donna Dalziel

Voters in Farmington Hills took to the polls Nov. 6 and approved the local road millage on their ballot on Election Day.

The charter amendment for the city of Farmington Hills passed with 22,266 votes, or about 60 percent, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division.

The no votes tallied 15,666, or 41.3 percent. A total of about 37,932 people voted.

The vote will allow for the city to transition from special assessments to pay for road improvements to a local road millage.

The city charter currently requires SADs for local road reconstruction in neighborhoods.

Finance Director Steve Barr said earlier this year that there are 1,764 parcels in active SADs, though “some have already been paid off.”

Barr said that all but 11 of the 1,764 parcels are residential properties.

The city has 243 miles of local streets, 129 miles of which are poor, 71 miles of which are fair, 21 miles of which are good, and 22 miles of which are gravel roads.

Per the city’s directed special assessments for road improvements policy — approved by City Council in April 2016 — local roads are given priority to be improved based on a pavement condition rating and a number of other factors, including housing density, Department of Public Works upkeep and public interest.

Under that policy, the city is responsible for paying 20 percent of the cost of repairs, while residents living on that road pay 80 percent.

Under the voted in 2.57 mill road tax, a resident with home that has a market value of $229,000 would pay $247.50 annually, or just over $20 per month.

The millage will be in effect in perpetuity, Barr said in an email.

The road tax will show up on residents’ summer 2019 property tax bills, and construction could start in the summer.