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Shall Section 9.2 of the Charter of the City of Wixom, Oakland County, Michigan, be amended so as to permit the levy by the City, beginning July 2013, of a new dedicated millage in an amount of 3.5 mills (which is equal to $3.50 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for four (4) years to provide funds for municipal operations purposes including police and fire, public works, and parks & recreation? 2012 Millage Proposal FAQs
1. Since 2005, the City has significantly cut back expenditures anticipating the closure of the Ford plant and the changing Michigan and global economy.
2. Since 2007 Wixom has lost $1.4 M a year in revenue as a result of the closing of the Wixom Ford Plant.
3. Fiscal projections indicate that without an alternative revenue source even with more cuts, the City will be in a deficit position in 2013/14 of $1.7M and by 2017 we will have an accumulative deficit of approximately $9M.
4. The City has made tough cuts but now there have to be more revenues if we are going to continue to be a great City! 2012 Millage Proposal FAQs
1. Unless the dedicated millage is approved, Wixom will be required to implement a deficit reduction plan reducing current levels of City services including Police & Fire, DPW, and Parks & Recreation services.
2. Since 2008 Wixom has experienced a 38% decrease or $5.1 M loss in tax revenues.
3 State shared revenues have been cut extensively since 2001 by approximately $457,000.
4 Additionally, it is highly likely that the state’s personal property tax will be eliminated. If this were to occur, City revenues will be reduced an additional 19%, losing roughly 57% of our revenue sources since 2008. 2012 Millage Proposal FAQs
To calculate the cost to you, multiply property’s Taxable Value by 0.0035.
Example: Property Taxable Value = $77,466 ($77,446 x 0.0035 = $271) 2012 Millage Proposal FAQs
Below are some of the steps the City has taken to reduce operating costs:
1. Consolidated City services and privatized with nine (9) other organizations to reduce operating costs.
2. Prioritized repairs to City facilities and replacement of out-dated equipment.
3. Reduced by 25% the number of full-time City employees from 65 to 52.
4. Implemented reduction in health care costs.
5. City employees have not received any wage increases for each of the last three (3) years. 2012 Millage Proposal FAQs
The Committee along with Plante & Moran, the City’s Auditors, reviewed 10-year revenue and expenditure
Likewise, the City‘s financial history along with current budget conditions were discussed in great detail.
On May 22, 2012, the Task Force reported their findings to the City Council and recommended a millage proposal was warranted.
Subsequently, on the August 7, 2012 Primary Election ballot a millage proposal question was placed to increase the City’s millage cap.
After narrowly failing, in August the City Council held a series of Special Budget meetings and eventually resolved to place a more narrow and specific question on the November 6, 2012 General Election ballot limiting the amount and the number of years of the new millage to 3.5 mills for 4 years for municipal operating purposes including Police and Fire, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation services.
The City Council will continue to review deficit reduction plans to increase operating efficiencies and reduce costs and believes that in addition to these measures an increase in millage is warranted in order to maintain current services and provide for Wixom’s long term financial stability. 2012 Millage Proposal FAQs
The following is a list of services that may be reduced or eliminated if the Dedicated Millage Proposal is not approved by Wixom voters:
FYE2013-2014 Deficit Reduction Alternatives * (Not listed in any priority)
1. Eliminate Finance Clerk Position, Use outside payroll service
2. Non-replacement of 3 Sergeant Positions
3. Eliminate 24/7 Police Station coverage
4. Eliminate 24/7 Fire Station coverage
5. Privatize/Close Cultural Center
6. Privatize/Eliminate Parks & Recreation Services
7. Eliminate Senior Services
8. Eliminate non-emergency overtime including events, park cleanup, leaf collection, subdivision snow ice control
9. Eliminate equipment repairs and maintenance
10. Eliminate Capital Outlay (ie Police/Fire Equipment.)
11. Eliminate Capital Impr. (ie. Facilities Repair & Maintenance)
12. Cancel City Hall Parking Lot Repairs ($1M) 2012 Millage Proposal FAQs
“The City has continued to experience a steady decline in its major revenue sources. Specifically:
- Property taxes have declined due to decreases in taxable value. After decades of relatively dependable inflationary increases, taxable value dropped 12% for its July 1, 2010 tax billings and another 7% for the July 1, 2011 tax billings. Right now, no one can predict with certainty when the erosion of taxable value will end.
- State-shared revenue has been on a steady decline since 2001, as the State uses it to balance its own budget. From 2001 to 2011, the City’s portion of state-shared revenue declined 33%. In 2012, the statutory portion of revenue sharing will decline an additional one-third.
- Interest income has declined approximately 90% since 2007.
- Building permits and related revenue, although showing signs of improvement in 2011, have declined significantly since 2007.
To offset the declines in revenue, the City has continued to diligently make decisions to contain costs to the extent possible. These initiatives include the compressed work week, a reduced workforce, modifications to fringe benefit packages, moving new hires to defined contribution plans, and others.
We would like to commend the City for the actions taken to date. These are difficult decisions to make, since they impact employees as well as service levels that residents have come to expect. Unfortunately, the taxable value continues to decline and we anticipate that additional cost reductions will continue to be necessary in subsequent years.” City Auditor Joe Heffernan, June 30, 2012. 2012 Millage Proposal FAQs
Some examples of items in which a permit is required:
Electrical Permit Application
Some examples of items in which a permit is required:
Backflow Preventer (Lawn Sprinkler )
New Sewer Service
New Water Service
Sump & Pump
Basement Drainage Systems
Water Distribution Piping
Hot Water Heaters
Plumbing Permit Application
Gas Piping/Gas Pressure Test
Fire Suppression & Protection
Mechanical Permit Application
No recreational equipment may be stored in the front yard unless you are actively loading or unloading it, and then for a period of not more than 24 hours.
If your recreational equipment is less than 6 feet in height you may store it in an interior side yard.
If your recreational equipment is over 6 feet in height, it may be stored only within the rear yard. It must be set back at least 6 feet from the rear lot line, 10 feet from the house, and at least the minimum side setback of the district.
Since further restrictions apply if you are on a corner lot, and the minimum side setback varies according to your zoning district, and there are lot coverage limitations, we advise you to contact the Zoning Division for information about your specific lot. Further, while the City permits storage of recreational equipment, certain subdivision deed restrictions do not. We advise you to consult with your subdivision association.
These signs may not have a total surface area greater than 5 square feet for a single faced sign; 10 square feet for a double faced sign, and shall not exceed a height of more than 4 feet.
These signs may not be located in the right of way nor on utility poles. They may only be located on private property— and then only with the express consent of the owner. One sign may be located at each entranceway to, and at each corner within, the neighborhood in which the open house or garage sale is occurring. These signs may not be posted more than 1 mile from the property at which the garage sale or open house is taking place.
These signs may not be posted more than 24 hours prior to the commencement of the open house or garage sale, and must be removed within 24 hours after the conclusion of the event. These signs may not be posted for a period of more than 5 days.
Garage sales are permitted only as an accessory use. For example, if the frequency of garage sales at a single address exceeds one in the spring, one in the fall, it could be viewed as a business that would not be permitted.
You will need a permit from the Building Department for those buildings of 200 square feet and over.
The proper location of these buildings depends upon the zoning district in which you are located, plus there are limits on the amount of lot coverage permitted, so check with Zoning at the beginning of this process to make it easier. Also, some Subdivision Deed Restrictions do not permit detached accessory buildings. If you have a Subdivision Association, check with them about your deed restrictions.
Anyone contemplating building a new house or addition should contact the Building Department for setback information. Required setbacks may be different today than when your home was constructed.
On October 23, 1987 the South Commerce Burying Ground (Wixom Cemetery) was listed in the State Register of Historic Places as Michigan Historic Site No. 1464 The Wixom Cemetery observed its sesquicentennial anniversary as a burial site in 1988.
Once the wedding date is set, you will need to go to Oakland County to obtain a marriage license (you can also apply online at www.co.oakgov.com). For more information, call the Oakland County Clerk’s Office at (248) 858-0571.
1) Continue contributions to HAVEN, LAYA, and other service organizations.
2) Construction of Phase III of the Grand River Safety Path
AT & T U Verse
Phone: 877-649-5002 Click here
GIBSON HISTORICAL PARK-49805 Pontiac Trail
The 6 acre historic site acquired in 1995 hosts recreational opportunities while preserving a relic from Wixom's past. The park includes a farmhouse built in 1872. Upgrades to the property have transformed facility to a multipurpose facility that host community activities. Features boost a community garden, horseshoe pits, benches & picnic tables for relaxing, multi-purpose field and a pathway connection to Lyon Oaks Park.
GILBERT WILLIS PARK- 2199 Chickasaw
Acquired in 1976, the 46 acre park offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Enjoy basketball, inline skating, softball, fitness trail, tot lot, grills, pavilion and gazebo. Pavilion and ball fields may be rented for your special occasion. Park features open space, acres of woods and rolling hills.
GUNNAR METTALA PARK-645 Mettala Drive
Park is in the east central region of Wixom is comprised of 65 acres. Gunnar Mettala Park offers: nature study areas, playground, soccer fields, youth ball diamond, sand volleyball, basketball, inline skate area, tennis court, fitness trails, grills and a picnic pavilion. Pavilion may be rented for your special occasion.
MACK PARK- 113 Wixom Road
Mack Park is a quaint 0.2 acre Park that boosts a gazebo & benches at the corner of Wixom and Pontiac Trail. Offers a spot for formal and informal social opportunities for visitors of the downtown and those traveling along the City's bike path system.
SIBLEY SQUARE PARK- 48900 Pontiac Trail
Wixom's newest Park, located in the heart of the Village Center Area across from the Civic Center. Features open space, benches and a performing arts pavilion. Pavilion is a covered, outdoor bandstand for musical & theatrical performances. Offers informal and formal social opportunities for visitors of the downtown & those traveling along the City's bike bath system.
WIXOM HABITAT PARK- 1135 Wixom Road
Wixom Habitat Park is a 292 acre nature preserve located at Wixom and Potter Roads and is home to a variety of fauna, flora and wildlife. This environmentally sensitive area is protected from the loss of wetlands occurring in other parts of the area. Phase I has been completed with a grant from the DNR and includes 800 feet of boardwalk and 2,685 feet of walking paths, a viewing platform at East Gallager Lake, and a paved parking lot with 26 spaces connecting to the citywide bike path. Future plans include additional trails, viewing platforms and an interactive nature education center.
However, during inclement weather, Adult Active 50+ programs only will be canceled when Walled Lake Schools are closed.
Fundamental to the design of GIS is the integration of geographic data with information about the geographic feature. Many types of information about our community are stored in distinct map layers. These layers contain point, line and polygon map features.
An incident of a crime or a permit location may be stored as a point. Roads, water mains, and rivers are stored as lines. Using GIS tools, we can create graphical displays of this data and perform spatial analysis. These "intelligent maps" provide information about a region such as where people live and work, where growth and development occur, locations of utilities and public facilities, locations of environmentally sensitive lands and much more.
Pavilion Rental Fee (Sibley Square, Gilbert & Gunnar Parks):
$125 per day
$100 Security Deposit Required
(Refundable after event)
$60 per day (Gilbert Willis Park)
Tent Rental 30 x 50 (Sibley Square Park) Fee:
$300 Concert Nights (Live Band for your entertainment)
$125 Non Concert Nights
$100 Security Deposit Required
GIBSON HISTORICAL PARK-49805 Pontiac Trail
The 6 acre historic site acquired in 1995 hosts recreational opportunities while preserving a relic from Wixom's past. The park includes a farmhouse built in 1872. Upgrades to the property have transformed facility to a multipurpose facility that host senior citizen and teen activities. Features boost a community garden, horseshoe pits, benches & picnic tables for relaxing, multi-purpose field and a pathway connection to Lyon Oaks Park.
GILBERT WILLIS PARK- 2400 Trombley Lane
Acquired in 1976, the 46 acre park offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Enjoy basketball, inline skating, softball, horseshoes, fitness trail, tot lot, grills, pavilion and gazebo. Pavilion and ball fields may be rented for your special occasion. Park features open space, acres of woods and rolling hills.
GUNNAR METTALA PARK-645 Mettala Drive
Park is in the east central region of Wixom is compromised of 65 acres. Gunnar Mettala Park offers: nature study areas, playground, soccer fields, youth ball diamond, sand volleyball, basketball, inline skate area, tennis court, fitness trails, grills and a picnic pavilion. Pavilion may be rented for your special occasion.
Fees: You may rent a Park pavilion, gazebo or ball field for a fee. Please contact Community
Services at 248-624-2850 for additional information.
Time: 3-7 pm
Where: 48900 Pontiac Trail, Sibley Square Park
Across from Wixom Municipal Buildings
For more information, contact Parks & Rec at 248-624-2850 or [email protected]
9.20.040 Curfew - Minors Under Twelve.
It is unlawful for any minor under the age of twelve years to loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street, highway, alley or park between the hours of ten p.m. and six a.m. unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian or some adult delegated by the parent or guardian to accompany the child.
(Ord. 88 § 46, 1972)
9.20.050 Curfew - Minors Under Seventeen.
It is unlawful for any minor under the age of seventeen years to loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street, highway, sidewalk, overpass, parking area, public place, alley or park between the hours of twelve midnight and six a.m., except where the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian, or some adult over the age of eighteen years delegated by the parent or guardian to accompany the minor child, or where the minor is upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by his parent or guardian. (§ 2 of Ord. dated 8-10-99)
Taxpayers may defer their summer property tax if they meet the following criteria. Payment may be deferred until February 14 for principal residence property owned by a taxpayer who:
• Has a total gross household income of $40,000 or less for the preceding tax year, and
• Is totally and permanently disabled, blind, paraplegic, hemiplegic, quadriplegic, or
• Is an eligible serviceperson, eligible veteran, or eligible widow or widower, or
• Is at least age 62 Download Forms
It is your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) plus all income exempt or excluded from your AGI. Total household income includes wages, salaries, tips; net income from a business, rent, or farm; Social Security less the amount deducted for Medicare premiums; SSI (Supplemental Security Income), DHS (Department of Human Services), and FIP (Family Independence Program) benefits; child support; alimony; unemployment, workers’ and veterans’ disability compensation; pension benefits; interest income; gifts and winnings in excess of $300, and other sources of income. Total household income includes gains realized on the sale of your residence regardless of your age or whether or not these gains are exempt from federal income tax. Household income does NOT include:
• Federal economic stimulus payments (rebates) issued by the Internal Revenue Service.
• Payments received by participants in the foster grandparent or senior companion program.
• Energy assistance grants.
• Government payments to a third party (e.g., a doctor) Note: If payment is made from money withheld from your benefit, the payment is part of household income. (For example, the DHS may pay your rent directly to the landlord.)
• Money received from a governmental unit to repair or improve your homestead.
• Surplus food or food stamps.
• State and city income tax refunds and homestead property tax credits.
• Chore service payments (these payments are income to the provider of the service).
• The first $300 from gambling, bingo, lottery, awards, or prizes.
• The first $300 in gifts, cash, or expenses paid on your behalf by a family member or friend.
• Amounts deducted from Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits for Medicare premiums.
• Life, health, and accident insurance premiums paid by your employer. However, if you pay medical insurance or Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) premiums for you or your family, you may deduct the cost from household income.
• Loan proceeds.
• Inheritance from a spouse.
• Life insurance benefits from a spouse.
• Payments from a longterm care policy made to a nursing home or other care facility.
You can also access your property taxes on line to verify payment and print a receipt at the following link. Property Taxes Online
Please Note: The Check 21 Act became effective October 28, 2004. What this means to you? Your checks may be processed faster and money may be deducted from your checking account faster. To avoid penalty and return check fees, please make sure funds are available before writing your check.
As an additional safety measure, ensure that you know the location of the water shut off valve for your home, usually situated near the water meter. A professional plumber or contractor can install heat tape around your exposed pipes to minimize the possibility of freezing as well.
If your pipes do freeze, the situation should be dealt with swiftly in order to prevent water damage to your home. Call United Water at (248) 960-0870 if you need advice.
1) City Hall located at 49045 Pontiac Trail at the Finance Department (7:15 AM – 5:30 PM / Monday through Thursday except Holidays) or in the drop box located inside the entrance of the Police Department.
2) You can also pay your bill on-line with a debit card and/or credit card payment). You may access the water/sewer payment option by clicking on the red on-line payments button on the left side of the City of Wixom’s homepage. Or you may log on to www.officialpayments.com for credit cards and eps.mvpbanking.com for direct debits. You will need your account number.
3) Lock Box. Simply mail your check and the UPPER portion of your statement to:
City of Wixom
P.O. Box 674201
Detroit, MI 48267-4201
4) Credit card by phone. Call 1-800-272-9829. Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover accepted. Enter Jurisdiction Code 3232.
John Wesley Powell, scientist geographer, put it best when he said that a watershed is: "That area of land, a bounded hydro logic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community."
Environmental Protection Agency has compiled a nation-wide database, Locate your watershed, which is searchable and can be used to locate the watershed we live in. This database can be searched from the place we live, zip code and a clickable map. The page also lets you locate your watershed through the USGS Geographic Names Information system to locate a watershed by landmarks such as schools, lakes, airports, parks and more. You can visit the page and locate your watershed and more information on it. Huron Watershed -- 04090005
Just download Wixom Active Adult Senior Registration Form found [http://www.wixomgov.org/index.aspx?NID=885]
Registration Fees for Wixom Seniors Program:
$10.00 for Wixom and Walled Lake residents (if you pay taxes to Walled Lake)
$15.00 for Commerce and all other communities
Yearly fees are due July 1st of each year and run through June 30th of the following year. If you are interested in registering for the Wixom Seniors Program:
Please complete the registration form and submit by one of the following ways:
Drop Off: Wixom Community Center
49015 Pontiac Trail
Wixom, MI 48393
Monday - Thursday (Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Mail: Wixom Community Center
Att: Wixom Seniors Coordinator
49045 Pontiac Trail
Wixom, MI 48393
Email: [email protected] Member Registration
Commission Meetings are held every other month on the 2nd Tuesday (January, March, May, July, September, November).
Time: 10 AM
Where: Wixom Community Center
Public welcome to attend.