Public safety renewal set for local ballot

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – City officials are confident that voters will again approve the renewal of a dedicated police and fire millage during the August primary election.

Mayor Thomas Karnes said it remains uncertain if the city will again test taxpayer support during the general election, as several proposals have been rejected in recent years.

Voters will be asked on Aug. 2 to authorize continuation of a 3.4591-mill levy for another three years to finance police and fire operations. If approved the renewal would generate an estimated $1.7 million for public safety services.

Karnes said city officials approved the renewal language earlier this year, with confirmation from the Regional Transition Advisory Board during a special meeting in April to ensure placement on the August ballot. The lone local question on the ballot joins primary contests for county and state offices, along with Wayne County parks and zoo millage renewals.

City officials anticipate again putting a Headlee amendment override proposal before taxpayers, similar to those that have failed to gain voter support, whether during the 2016 general election or sometime next year.

Among the final orders issued last year by Emergency Manager Brad Coulter was that the city must seek taxpayer support for a Headlee override by no later than May 2018.

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