Rochester Hills maintains millage rate for fourth consecutive year

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published October 9, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester Hills officials have opted to maintain the city’s property tax rate at 10.4605 mills for another year.

The Rochester Hills City Council unanimously voted to approve the 2018 millage rates — which will be levied in December 2018 and will provide the tax revenue needed to support the proposed 2019 budget — during the Sept. 10 council meeting. No members of the public commented during the meeting.

“This is the fourth consecutive year at this rate,” City Council President Mark Tisdel said.

The millage rate includes 2.4959 mills for the city’s general fund, 1.1048 mills for local streets, 2.7 mills for the Fire Department, 2.4467 mills for police, 0.1803 mill for a pathway millage, 0.1893 mill for the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority’s operation, 0.2334 mill for the Older Persons’ Commission, 0.0971 mill for the OPC transportation millage and 0.7602 mill for the Rochester Hills Public Library. The overall rate also includes 0.0394 mill for drain debt and 0.2134 mill for OPC building debt.

The 10.4605 millage rate will generate $35.5 million in property tax revenue, according to Rochester Hills Chief Financial Officer Joe Snyder, who said the rate will cost the average taxpayer owning a $200,000 home approximately $1,068 per year.

“The 10.4605 millage rate … would keep us at the second-lowest millage rate among all cities in Oakland County with a population of over 3,000 residents,” said Snyder, putting Rochester Hills just after the city of Troy.

The 2018 tax rate supports the city’s nearly $168 million 2019 budget, which was unanimously approved by the Rochester Hills City Council Sept. 24.