STERLING HEIGHTS – The Sterling Heights Proposed 2018/19 City Budget will be reviewed by the City Council during the months of April and May. To download a copy of the 2018/19 proposed City Budget (PDF), please click the image to the right.
The proposed spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1 totals $231.3 million – an increase of $24.8 million or 12 percent.
The budget funds 477 full-time positions – a net increase of 6 positions. The City has reduced funding for 172 full-time positions or 27 percent of its workforce since 2002, saving $13.4 million annually. The City continues to fully fund post-retirement legacy costs
Public Safety Capital Funding
The budget also continues to restore public safety capital funding that had been scaled back and delayed due to revenue declines. Funds are budgeted to replace 9 Police vehicles, a fire engine
The budget funds significant infrastructure investments including a total of $20 million in road improvements, continues Parks & Recreation improvements funded through the Recreating Recreation millage, and funds various facility maintenance upgrades at the Police Department, Public Library, 41-A District Court, and City Hall.
The budget prioritizes funding for road repairs. Planned projects include:
- Dodge Park Road from 15 Mile to Metro Parkway
- North Van Dyke from 18½ Mile to M-59
- Stadler Drive
- Merrill Road from 19 Mile to M-59
- Mound Road from 14 Mile to 18 Mile Road
- Neighborhood Road improvements totaling $4.2 million
Although this investment in roads is significant, more is needed, in large part to fund the City’s local match required to accelerate County road improvements due to rapid deterioration over the last year. As such, the proposed budget includes a one-time 1
- Schoenherr Road from Plumbrook to 19 Mile
- 15 Mile Road from Maple Lane to Schoenherr
- 17 Mile Road from Van Dyke to Utica Road
- 19 Mile Road from Hayes to Schoenherr Road
- Utica Road from Schoenherr to Van Dyke Avenue
- Metro Parkway Repairs
Low Tax Rate
The total City tax rate will increase 1.0119 mills and will
Despite this one time temporary increase, the City’s tax rate continues to be lower than most cities in the State and 6.4 mills lower than the average of all cities in Macomb County.
City Manager’s Statement
According to City Manager, Mark Vanderpool, “Sterling Heights is on an exciting path to the future investing in
A series of budget workshops will be held prior to the budget adoption on May 1. The budget workshops will be held on Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m.
All budget workshops will take place in the Council Chambers, located on the upper level of City Hall (40555 Utica Road). All meetings will be televised live on Sterling Heights Television (SHTV), Channel 5 – Comcast, Channel 10 – WOW!, Channel 99 – AT&T Uverse, and will be rebroadcast throughout the week on SHTV. Meetings are available for viewing over the Internet the following business day on SHTV On-Demand at www.sterling-heights.net.