The Sterling Heights City Council adopted its 2017/18 Annual Budget on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. To download a copy of the 2017/18 Annual City Budget (PDF), please click the image to the right.
The spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1 totals $192 million – an increase of $6.3 million or 3.4 percent. The budget funds Parks and Recreation operational and capital improvements through the
Low Tax Rate
The City tax rate will increase by 0.97 mill due to the Recreating Recreation proposal approved by the voters in November 2016, however the City’s tax rate still remains one of the lowest in the State and 4.5 mills lower than the average of all cities in Macomb County. As a result, the average homeowner’s total property tax bill this upcoming year will be $90 or 3.3 percent less than it was ten years ago.
The budget funds 471 full-time positions – a net increase of 22 positions, which includes 15 new Firefighters, 3 additional Public Works positions and and several conversions from part-time to full-time. The City has reduced funding for 178 full-time positions or 27 percent of its workforce since 2002, saving $13.9 million annually. The City continues to fully fund post-retirement legacy costs and make significant progress toward reducing unfunded liabilities.
The budget prioritizes funding for road repairs , including the continued increase in neighborhood road repairs, the resurfacing of Schoenherr and Clinton River roads, the rehabilitation of Canal Road and median improvements on M-59. The spending plan also includes a multitude of improvements funded through the voter appproved Recreating Recreation Proposal such as the Splash Park, the Skate Park, the Farmer’s Market Pavilion and Ice Rink and new playscapes and improvements at nearly every neighborhood park. The centerpiece of the proposal, a new 118,000 square foot Community Center, will also break ground next spring.
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 14 Police vehicles, a tandem-axle dump truck, an aerial sign truck, a brush flail and a street roller. Four emergency warning sirens and election equipment will also be replaced. Funds are also allocated for repairs to the Upton House and for facility repairs at the Police Department, Fire stations, the Public Works garage and the Library.
City Manager’s Statement
According to City Manager, Mark Vanderpool, “Sterling Heights is on an exciting path to the future investing $45 million 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 proposed budget not only continues the City’s successful economic development services but also increases funding for new public safety services including EMS Transport and the Community Outreach & Engagement (CORE) program. Despite the State’s continued dis-investment in cities, the proposed budget continues progress toward financial stability and major investments in our againg infrastructure.”