Proposed 2019-2020 Sterling Heights Budget Includes Property Tax Decrease
Budget hearings to be held on April 9th and 23rd
STERLING HEIGHTS – The Sterling Heights City Council will discuss the Proposed 2019/20 City Budget during a special budget meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9th at City Hall.
For the fiscal year beginning July
The proposed spending plan includes a 1 mill reduction in City Operating Taxes which was allocated over the past year to increased road improvements necessary to leverage additional County
- 18 Mile asphalt resurfacing from Mound to Ryan and from Ryan to Dequindre
- Schoenherr Road resurfacing from Plumbrook to north of 18 Mile
- Hayes Road resurfacing from 14 to 15 Mile
- Metro Parkway reconstruction from Van Dyke to rear lot line of Home Depot
- Metro Parkway resurfacing from Dequindre to Ryan
- Utica Road resurfacing from 18 Mile to Van Dyke
- Utica Road resurfacing from Hayes to Schoenherr
- 19 mile asphalt resurfacing from Hayes to Schoenherr
- Merrill Road rehabilitation from 18 1/2 Mile to M-59
- The preliminary engineering for the $216 million complete reconstruction of Mound Road from I-696 to M-59
- And, as a direct result of the Safe Streets millage, a $7 million investment in Neighborhood streets that will fund sectional repairs and full reconstructions of over 35 local streets
In addition to road improvements, the budget funds significant infrastructure investments including the completion of the Community Center and the continuation of Parks & Recreation improvements funded through the voter approved Recreating Recreation millage, facility maintenance upgrades at the Police Department, Public Library, 41-A District Court, and City Hall, and also funds the construction of a new facility for the Department of Public Works.
The budget also continues to invest in public safety including the addition of a Police Officer and placing a 5th ambulance into service to continue providing fast EMS response times. Funds are also budgeted to replace 19 Police vehicles, service pistols for Police Officers, 16 Fire Fighter air packs and to purchase automatic CPR machines.
The proposed budget also includes a significant investment in training initiatives necessary to retain and attract quality employees. Funds are allocated for the expansion of Sterling University, Leadership and Lean Six Sigma training, and a one day sabbatical for all employees to attend technical training to enhance job skills.
According to City Manager, Mark Vanderpool, “The proposed budget reflects an ongoing commitment to the City’s Visioning 2030 Plan which not only has a strong focus on infrastructure improvements but includes a commitment to park and recreational improvements which are transforming the City. At the same time the proposed budget preserves the City’s solid financial position while decreasing taxes.”
A series of budget workshops will be held prior to the budget adoption on May 7th. 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 on SHTV. Meetings are available for viewing over the Internet the following business day on SHTV On-Demand at www.sterling-heights.net.
For more information, contact Community Relations at (586) 446-CITY (2489).