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Keego budget reflects economic recovery

Dedicated police millage to take effect

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 6, 2018


KEEGO HARBOR — Mayor Joel Yoder is optimistic about this year’s budget, as the revenue for 2018-19 nearly matches what it was before the Great Recession. 

“Our revenue is up to just a little shy of what it was 10 years ago,” he said. “We made some sacrifices on the city side and the Police Department side for a decade.”

The Keego Harbor City Council voted 4-0 to approve the city’s budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, beginning July 1. Mayor Pro Tem John Fletcher was absent from the meeting. 

Estimated revenue for 2018-19 for the city’s general fund is $1.98 million, up over $53,000 from 2017-18. The estimated expenditures for the general fund match the revenues at $1.98 million, which is down $109,000 from 2017-18. 

Taxes will increase for residents in the new fiscal year. 

In late 2017, voters approved a Police Department millage that will garner the department over $230,000 in one year. The measure allows the city to levy up to 4 mills for eight years.

During the 2017-18 budget year, Police Department revenues were $761,064. In 2018-19, with the added millage, the department will bring in $991,315. The expenditures are budgeted at the same level as the revenues for the next fiscal year. 

“If we didn’t have the police millage in this year’s budget, it’s unlikely we’d be able to provide the service level we’re providing this year,” said Councilman Robert Kalman. 

With that money, the Keego Harbor Police Department will hire a full-time police officer, as well as increasing health insurance benefits and retirement funds for KHPD officers.

“The good news is we are able to keep our Police Department,” said Yoder. “There isn’t a person on this City Council that doesn’t wish we could do some other things, though.” 

Keego Harbor’s 2018-19 budget is available for viewing at the city’s website,