DEARBORN, Michigan – Proposals on the Nov. 8 ballot ask voters to make decisions about temporarily increasing the funding for City services and authorizing a dedicated source of revenue for the library system.
Proposal One asks voters to temporarily increase the millage rate for city services by no more than 3.5 mills for no more than 5 years. The temporary tax rate would cost the owner of an average Dearborn home about $187 more a year, if fully levied. The City has lost revenue for basic services because of sharp declines in property values and other economic factors.
Proposal Two asks voters to approve a one-mill increase to fund library services for up to 10 years.
A third ballot proposal asks voters to decide if the Civil Service System, which applies to certain City of Dearborn employees, should be eliminated from the City Charter.
Citizens can view a League of Women Voters forum online – featuring Mayor O’Reilly talking about the temporary tax rate increase, the library funding measure and Proposal 3.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. For election information, call the Dearborn City Clerk’s Office at 943-2032.