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Voters in Farmington and Farmington Hills decided to invest more in their cities, approving significant millages in 2018.
Farmington Hills residents made perhaps the biggest leap with a 2.75-mill levy that also changes the way the city funds local road repairs. The city’s charter established a method that required a simple majority of homeowners in a subdivision to petition the city for road work, with 80 percent of the cost funded through property taxes and the city picking up the rest of the tab.
The new millage creates a city-wide fund that will not only cover road repairs, but refund taxes paid for previous projects.
In Farmington, city council members – seeing a future of budget deficits – voted in July to present voters with a request for 3 mills. The next tax will shore up the general fund and allow for spending on local roads and other capital projects.
Officials said the budget issues were caused in part by the state’s Headlee Amendment, which limits the amount collected from millages, and Proposal A, which limits property tax increases, as well as increased costs for pensions and benefits.