Proposal renewals fund parks and OPC

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published August 9, 2016


OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Ballot proposal renewals will fund township parks and senior transportation. The millage renewals for parks and recreation and Older Persons’ Commission transportation were overwhelmingly approved by voters Aug. 2.

The parks and recreation millage renewal retains the current levy of 0.7225 mill for 10 years, beginning in December 2017. The renewal will provide funds for the acquisition, maintenance, operation, improvement and management of township parks, recreation areas, park facilities, parks and recreation programs, and recreation services — collecting $945,418 in its first year.

The parks and recreation ballot question drew 2,587 yes votes and 934 no votes.

“I love the parks here and want to support them,” Oakland Township resident John Eggleton said after voting. “I use the parks every day. It is what makes this area really special.”

Since 1975, Oakland Township has been preserving, through acquisitions and donations, over 1,000 acres of natural parkland and miles of trails. “Oakland Township is gorgeous,” township resident Katie Potter said. “I don’t know why people wouldn’t support (the proposal).”

The 10-year OPC renewal retains 0.0876 mill to provide funds to the Older Persons’ Commission to maintain or increase handicapped and senior transportation services, beginning in December 2016, and providing an estimated revenue of $109,169.31 in the first year.

The millage will “help keep seniors and those with disabilities on the move,” said Renee Cortright, Older Persons’ Commission director. “Shopping, doctor’s visits, socializing and more, giving independence to continue so they can age in place in their own homes as long as possible.”

Currently, the Older Persons’ Commission offers door-to-door transportation for area residents ages 60 and older to any location in Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township, and to Oakland University and the Beaumont Hospital Troy Campus.

The OPC ballot question drew 2,848 yes votes and 665 no votes.