Macomb: Roseville, Harrison Twp. millages win

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Roseville — Roseville voters approved Tuesday a renewal of a 20-year millage for the community’s emergency medical services.

Meanwhile, a police and fire millage proposal in Harrison Township, two millage questions in the Clintondale School District and millage renewals in the L’Anse Creuse and New Haven school districts all were approved.

With all of Roseville’s 15 precincts reporting, the public safety millage won with 79 percent of the vote.

“It’s a great day for the city,” Mayor Robert Taylor said. “We’ve got a great fire department and now we’re going to be able to maintain what we have for the next 20 years.”

He praised city officials and residents for getting the word out about the millage.

“In this day and age, we all know how hard it is to get a millage or a renewal passed,” Taylor said.

The tax rate for the proposal is 0.35 mills, but because it’s a renewal, its approval won’t result in a tax increase. City officials said the measure will raise $302,488 in its first year to help pay for the service.

The millage, which pays for part of the cost for paramedic service in the city, was first approved by voters in 1995.

Herb Newman, 55, said he voted for the millage’s renewal and he hoped his neighbors do, too.

“It’s not going to increase anything,” said Newman, who has lived in Roseville since 1988, after voting Tuesday afternoon at Huron Park Elementary, which houses city voting precincts No. 4 and No. 5. “And I know I’m getting older. I might need a city ambulance one day.”

Fellow resident Angelo Glass, 34, agreed.

“I think it’s a great service,” said Glass, who’s lived in Roseville for two years, after he cast his ballot at Huron Park. “I hope it passes. Even young people need an ambulance sometime.”

Residents in Harrison Township supported a tax hike to pay for police and fire services in 2017 and 2018. The measure passed with 59 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

The proposal calls for raising the millage 1 mill to 8.2 mills for two years. The measure will cost the average owner of a $100,000 home an extra $44 per year, township officials said.

The millage would generate $7.1 million in its first year. Most of the money, or about 6.4 mills, would be used for fire services, while the remaining 1.6 mills would be used for police. Harrison Township provides fire service to its residents, but it contracts police services with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Elsewhere, voters in the Clintondale Schools district in Clinton Township approved two millage proposals Tuesday. The first is a millage replacement proposal to assess 16.76 mills on non-homestead properties. The second proposal calls for raising the millage rate by 2.7 mills for operating purposes.

The first proposal passed with 64 percent of the vote and the second was approved by 63 percent of voters, according to unofficial results.

Officials said the proposals will not result in a tax increase for homeowners because the millage is levied only on commercial, business and rental properties, officials said.

The measures are expected to generate an extra $160,000 in revenue for the district — which will be used to pay for notebook computers, school computer lab equipment, increasing school Wi-Fi coverage, software to boost student academic performance and student tutoring programs.

The L’Anse Creuse Public Schools and New Haven Community Schools were asking residents in their districts to renew operating millages. Renewing the millages, each an 18-mill levy on commercial, business and rental properties in the districts, will not increase homeowners’ taxes.

L’Anse Creuse voters approved the millage renewal with a 76 percent to 24 percent margin.

Officials with L’Anse Creuse, which serves Harrison Township as well as parts of Clinton, Chesterfield, and Macomb townships, Mount Clemens and St. Clair Shores, said the millage makes up 13 percent of its operating budget. The district uses the budget to pay for things such as classroom supplies, textbooks, equipment, utilities, transportation and staff.

In New Haven Community Schools, with all nine precincts reporting, voters supported a millage renewal proposal 65 percent to 35 percent.

Officials with the school district said its operating millage provides 21 percent of its annual operating budget. The district serves the village of New Haven and portions of Chesterfield, Lenox, Macomb and Ray townships.

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