OPC operating millage renewal, increase passes

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published August 5, 2020

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An operating millage renewal for the Older Persons’ Commission, which also includes an OPC millage increase, got the green light from voters Aug. 4.

According to the unofficial results from the Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Office, the proposal passed in Oakland Township with 3,498 yes votes to 1,665 no votes; Rochester with 2,775 for and 677 against; and in Rochester Hills with 15,380 in favor and 4,271 against.

The OPC millage is a renewal of its levy back up to 0.25 mill from Headlee rollbacks, plus a bump up, for a total of 0.32 mill for 10 years.

OPC Executive Director Renee Cortright said this is the first time OPC authorized millage has increased above 0.25 mills since its inception in 1983. 

The OPC is funded primarily through millages from Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. A millage is a unit of property tax equal to $1 for every $1,000 of a home’s taxable value.

In Oakland Township, voters approved a renewal of 0.2213 mill (reduced by the Headlee Amendment from the original 0.25 mill) and an additional 0.0987 mill for a total of 0.32 mills for 10 years, starting in 2020. The millage in Oakland Township will provide an estimated revenue of $452,000 if levied in full the first year.

In Rochester, voters approved a renewal of 0.2337 mill (reduced by the Headlee Amendment from the original 0.25 mill) and an additional 0.09 mill for a total of 0.32 mills for 10 years, starting in 2020. The millage in Rochester will provide an estimated revenue of $223,500 in the first year.

In Rochester Hills, voters approved a renewal of 0.2334 mill (reduced by the Headlee Amendment from the original 0.25 mill) and an additional 0.0866 mills for a total of 0.32 mills for 10 years, starting in 2021. The millage in Rochester Hills will provide an estimated revenue of $1,230,240 in the first year.

On a home with a taxable value of $200,000, 0.32 mill will cost $64 per year.

The operating millage funds programs for seniors age 50 or older — such as Meals on Wheels, transportation and adult day care — required beyond the support provided by donations and grants. Cortright said the operational millage also provides for the upkeep and maintenance of the OPC facility — including all necessary capital improvements and the general administration of the organization, including all required legal and financial reporting.

The OPC provides aid to seniors in the form of nutrition, transportation, adult day services, and senior resources. The center also offers fitness and aquatic, arts and crafts, travel, social and intellectual programming and performances. Membership is free for people 50 and older, and their spouse regardless of age, in the three communities, plus a $6 membership card. 

Older Persons’ Commission is located at 650 Letica Drive in Rochester. For more information, call (248) 656-1403 or  visit www.opcseniorcenter.org.

Call Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at (586) 498-1060.

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