STERLING HEIGHTS – The Sterling Heights City Council adopted the 2018/19 Annual City Budget on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. To download a copy of the 2018/19 Annual City Budget (PDF), please click the image to the right.
The spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1 totals $231.5 million – an increase of $25.1 million or 12.1 percent over last year.
The budget funds 479 full-time positions – a net increase of 8 positions, including the addition of two School Resource Officers. The City has reduced funding for 170 full-time positions or 26 percent of its workforce since 2002, saving $13 million annually. The City continues to fully fund post-retirement legacy costs and make significant progress toward reducing unfunded liabilities.
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 and over 380 portable and mobile radios for all police and fire personnel. The final six emergency warning sirens and the city-wide phone system will also be replaced.
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 budget includes a one-time 1 mill increase that will raise nearly $4.2 million and will be dedicated to fund more road improvements. The additional roads that will be repaired as a result of this funding include:
- 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 1.0246 mills and will cost the average homeowner $7.67 per month for a total of $92. The 1 mill increase for road funding will be rolled back next year.
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 quality of life services for residents, fostering an environment where businesses can not only survive but thrive, resulting in billions in new manufacturing and commercial investments over the past five years. The investments have resulted in high paying jobs throughout numerous sectors. The approved budget not only continues the City’s successful economic development services but also continues funding for new public safety services including the Community Outreach & Engagement (CORE) program and a new SMART Moves program designed for elementary school students. Despite the State’s continued dis-investment in cities, the annual budget continues progress toward financial stability and major investments in our aging infrastructure.”