Mayor’s speech will address possibility of millage hike

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. will give his State of the City address at 7 p.m. next Wednesday in the Henry Ford Centennial Library auditorium.

City spokeswoman Mary Laundroche said Thursday that while much of the speech is expected to focus on finances, including a possible millage increase, “it’s still early in the process to get into specifics.”

“According to the city charter, we can raise the millage to 15 without voter approval,” she said.

O’Reilly also has talked publicly of a 3.5 mill increase to help pay for a public safety staffing mandatory minimum City Charter amendment passed by the voters in 2004.

Laundroche said his annual address will be a more formal version of recent speeches he has given.

Among the positive aspects to be covered is the proposed Dearborn Intermodal Passenger Train Station and the federal grant it was awarded last year.

The speech is open to the public.

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