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Southfield City Levy Addition (May 2011)

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A Southfield City Levy Addition measure was on the May 3, 2011 ballot in the city of Southfield which is in Oakland County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 8,960 (83.24%)Approveda
  • 'NO 1,804 (16.76%)[1]

This measure sought to add to the current levy by a rate of $4.91 per $1,000 of assessed property value in order to help pay for city services including police, fire, medical, library, parks and street maintenance.[2] The majority of this levy increase will go towards paying public safety employees in the city. Fire officials noted that if this had been defeated, response times would be longer and fire stations would have been closed due to lack of manpower. Worst case would also lead to ambulance services being privatized because the city could not afford to pay for them on their own. The decrease in property values was the reason the city was asking for a higher levy rate.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall Section 8.6(a) of the Charter of the City of Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, be amended so as to permit the levy by the City of an additional ad valorem tax in an amount not to exceed 4.9183 mills for City purposes? This 4.9183 additional millage authorization consists of the following components specifically dedicated as follows: 4.0581 mills for police, fire and emergency medical services; 0.7066 mill for library purposes; 0.0976 mill for parks and recreation purposes; and 0.0560 mill for neighborhood street maintenance.[4]