Residents to vote on library millage, charter amendment, SMORSA

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 26, 2016

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ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Roseville residents will determine if they are in favor of a library millage proposal on the Aug. 2 ballot, while Eastpointe residents will decide whether they support a proposed amendment to the city charter and whether the city of Wayne can join the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority.

The Roseville Public Library is proposing a property tax increase of 50 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value. The period would be 10 years, from 2016 to 2025. The primary source of funding for the library is property tax revenue, and its revenue has decreased about $400,000 in the past six years, according to Roseville Public Library Director Jacalynn Harvey.

From April through June, the library asked residents to complete an online and paper survey asking their opinions in different areas. Feedback from the survey allowed the library to see that customer service and programs were rated excellent and very good. On the other hand, materials, technology, hours and appearance were rated acceptable to poor.

“We received a very good response to the survey and were happy to see that. This is a confirmation that Roseville residents value the public library and want to see it thrive instead of just survive,” Harvey said.

For the average household, a Roseville resident would see an approximate increase of $7 from their property tax bill last year; this is due to the quarter-mill bond expiring for the library addition this year.

“Seven dollars is the cost of a typical fast-food meal. It is less than the cost of a book of stamps. It is less than the average monthly cost to stream Netflix,” said Harvey.

Eastpointe voters will be asked to amend the city charter, Section 11 of Chapter XVI. According to the ballot language, “currently Section 11 of Chapter XVI gives City Council the option of providing notices regarding the filing and review of special assessment rolls by either newspaper publication or registered mail. It is proposed such notices regarding special assessments be permitted to be sent by regular first-class mail rather than registered mail.”

“To save money, it’s more affordable to send by mail than publishing by newspaper. It should be no effect on residents. When we publish tax rolls, we’ll send it by mail instead of placing in the news ads,” said Eastpointe Public Information Assistant Bill Driskell.  

Also in Eastpointe, voters will decide whether or not to include the city of Wayne in the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority.

Whether the proposal passes or not will not change the tax levy that Eastpointe residents approved last year; passing the proposal simply would allow Wayne to join the authority and do the same thing in its jurisdiction. If the proposal is not passed, the authority will continue to include only Eastpointe and Hazel Park. For a story on the SMORSA proposal, visit the Eastsider page at

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2.