Farmington Hills officials to consider road funding question tonight

Farmington Hills officials will talk tonight about a revised ballot proposal designed to change the way the city funds road repairs.

Last summer, the state attorney general’s office denied ballot proposal language for a city-wide 2.5 mill levy that would have exempted homeowners who are already paying a special assessment for their subdivision road repairs.

On the council’s 7:30 p.m. agenda, the new proposal asks for 2.75 mills, which would generate more than $9.2 million in the first year. It would also “zero-out” unpaid special assessment balances and refund special assessments paid off as of November 6, 2018.

Officials shifted in 2014 from a program that required residents to petition for road repairs, to one in which the city determines projects based on a pavement rating system. Under its charter, the city is limited to paying no more than 20 percent of construction costs, with residents assessed 80 percent.

The ballot proposal would eliminate the 20 percent cap, and tax dollars raised would pay for road repairs as well as special assessment refunds and paying off debt already incurred for road repairs.

The full agenda for tonight’s 6 p.m. study session and 7:30 p.m. meeting is posted at fhgov.com.