Public Safety Proposals on the County Ballot – The Oakland Press

Voters will decide public safety miles in several Oakland County municipalities next month. Some cover local police protection costs and some cover protection costs by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.


Holly voters are being asked to approve a new special levy for police and fire safety operations.

The special assessment would be 3 mills – $3 per $1,000 of assessed value – and would cover all taxable parcels in the village from 2022 to 2036.

The village will continue to pay for police and fire services from its general fund.

According to City Manager Jerry Walker, the current budget for both is $2.4 million.

The new assessment would produce a minimum of $378,000 in the first year and would be used to replace emergency response equipment, such as a 34-year-old ladder truck in the fire department.

“This will ensure that we can replace needed emergency equipment in both departments and maintain staffing levels,” Walker said.

In addition to maintaining emergency personnel, approval of the assessment would free up a small portion of general funds for repairs to sidewalks, streets and parks.


A new levy of 8 thousandths would replace the current 4 thousandths levied on all taxable property. A mill is a tax of one dollar for every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value.

Funds raised on a new mileage would be dedicated to the Keego Harbor Police Department. The department is currently supported by the city’s general fund.

“We’re asking for an increase to offset the general fund, so the majority of police funding would come from mileage,” Clerk Tammy Neeb said. “Funds currently being used on the general fund could then be used in other areas.”

The current mileage is expected to expire in 2026. The proposed mileage would run from 2023 to 2029.

Neeb said the city is currently spending about $600,000 on the police department.

A new mile would bring about $853,128 in the first year.


In 2018, Independence Township voters approved 2.86 mills for police protection by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department. Voters are asked to maintain this rate for three more years from a December 2023 levy.

The proposal will continue sheriff’s patrols and could include the purchase of equipment, operating costs, officers’ quarters and personnel costs related to police law enforcement protection and school liaison.

If approved, the mileage will earn up to $5,831,436 in the first year.

It is estimated that 98.27% of the revenue from the new mileage would go to police services and 1.73% would go to the Sashabaw Road Corridor Improvement Authority. The authority was created in 2006 to coordinate public improvements in and around the I-75 and Sashabaw Road interchange.


Voters in the canton of Lyon will be asked to increase the 2014 levy by 1.58 thousand firefighters.

The current mileage, which expires in 2024, would increase by 0.90 vintages, resulting in a mileage of 2.39 vintages for the remaining two years of mileage for general fire service operation.

Estimated revenues for the first year would be $3,762,272.


Voters in Oakland Township will be asked to sue for policing through the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.

The current rate of 1.62 mills would continue for six years from the December 2023 levy.

Based on the current 2022 total assessed value, the proposal would raise $2,861,600 in the first year.