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Local Road Millage Ballot Proposal Passed in November Election – Thank You!

On behalf of the City of Farmington Hills, I want to express my appreciation for the recent passage of the City Charter Amendment to Transition to a Local Road Millage.  Our voters had the foresight to support the Local Road Millage, which will be a critical component of a strong City going forward. 
 
The goal of the Local Road Millage is to improve the overall condition of our neighborhood roads, which will positively impact the character of our community.  The passage of the millage will prove critical in counteracting the deterioration of many local roads, which not only reduces our property values but may result in unsafe and hazardous conditions.  This positive action by our electorate is also essential in achieving the transition away from the previous special assessment process.
 
The City’s Public Services, Public Works, and Engineering Division personnel are dedicated to the delivery of superior public services and will be an integral part of designing, constructing, and maintaining our local roads.  The passage of this millage will help the City attract and retain businesses, will preserve the high quality of life that our residents have come to expect, and will play a key role in sustaining property values throughout the City.
 
Mayor Ken Massey

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
What is the goal of the local road millage?

The City currently maintains 299 miles of roadway, of which 219 miles are paved neighborhood streets (local roads).  The City has undertaken studies using the standard Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) method to determine the condition of the public roads in the City.  The PASER rating is on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the worst condition and 10 being a new road.  According to the most recent PASER Study performed in 2017, over 58% of the City’s local roads are in “poor” condition with a PASER rating of 4 or less.  With the passage of the millage, the goal now is to improve the City’s overall average pavement condition on its local roads to a PASER rating between a 6.0 and 6.5 within the first ten years.

Why aren’t the taxes I pay enough to cover the cost for local road reconstruction?

Only about 33% of the taxes you currently pay stay with the City of Farmington Hills.  The remaining 67% is paid out to the County and for Education.  The City funds the vast majority of local road construction and maintenance utilizing revenue received from the State of Michigan under Act 51 (generated by fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees), not City General Fund dollars.  These funds received by the City from the State are used to fund operational costs for the City’s Division of Public Works, which maintains the 299 miles of major and local roadways and storm sewer systems throughout the City.  State and federal road funding is not keeping pace with the increased costs of maintaining our roads at acceptable levels, so the City continues to do more with less.  The lack of road funding is becoming evident as the City’s overall pavement condition continues to decline.

How will the funding from the local road millage be used?

Approximately $8 million per year will be used toward the maintenance, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of neighborhood roads.  In addition to that amount, $1 million per year will be set aside annually for paving gravel roads; the City has 21 miles of roads that are currently gravel.  This gravel road conversion will only be considered in those neighborhoods where it is requested by a majority of the property owners.  Additionally, as part of the process of transitioning from the SAD funding method to the local road millage funding method, a portion of the funding will be used to partly fund SAD-related debt retirement and special assessment refunds for SADs that were unexpired as of November 6, 2018.

Which roads will benefit?

Each year the City develops a five-year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) that prioritizes local roads in need of reconstruction based upon a number of variables.  The City will continue to utilize this CIP program and the roadways identified on the top of the list will be considered first for reconstruction using the local road millage funding.  To see the copy of roadways or neighborhoods currently on the CIP, go to www.fhgov.com/localroadballotproposal and select Roadways or Neighborhoods Currently on the Capital Improvements Plan.

When will local road improvements begin? 

The local road millage will be effective on the July 2019 summer tax bill.  Local road improvements will be included in the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget and could begin as early as summer 2019.

 
How and why are roads chosen for reconstruction?

The pavement is rated by members of the City’s engineering staff, who are specially trained in evaluating pavement conditions.  The City uses the services of an outside civil engineering consultant to review these ratings for quality assurance and quality control.
Local roads that are in poor condition can lead to unsafe driving conditions, have negative impacts on the appearance and value of properties, and cause expensive wear and tear on vehicles.  
 
Reconstructed local roads that are in good condition will result in better pavement conditions, increased attractiveness in City neighborhoods, improved property values, and will help to attract and retain businesses.


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