Farmington Hills officials approve parks and rec millage vote

With one dissenting vote, Farmington Hills city officials voted Monday to ask voters for a renewal of an existing parks and recreation millage.

The renewal of .4781 mills would fund staffing, parks and facilities maintenance, and programs, including expanded offerings when the city opens a new community center at Harrison High School, Director of Special Services Ellen Schnackel said.

If the millage is approved on August 7, the impact would be $23.81 on a home valued at $100,000, $35.86 on a home valued at $150,000, and $47.81 on a home valued at $200,000.

Officials earlier this month talked about increasing the millage request, but some were concerned that might jeopardize an anticipated November request for a road millage. Council member Randy Bruce opposed the renewal because he favored asking for voters for 1 mill, an increase that would have required splitting the request into two ballot questions – one for the renewal and a second for the increase.

“It’s not completely funding everything we need in this city,” Bruce said. “We have to compete with other cities that are growing and newer. If we continue to not properly fund special services and all the great things they do, we’re going to be behind the eight ball.”

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