Don’t forget Hills ballot proposal

At Monday’s Rochester Hills City Council meeting, Mayor Bryan Barnett said he’s worried that the city’s local ballot proposal will get lost amid the six statewide ballot proposals that are receiving such heavy attention.

The city’s proposal will be the very last item on the back of the ballot. It will ask voters for permission to renew an expiring 0.4855-mill drain debt and repurpose it for local roads for seven years.

If approved, the money could be used for repair, maintenance, rehabilitation and reconstruction of local streets, including providing matching funds for special-assessment districts and grants. If fully levied, it would raise $1.4 million the first year.

“It is very easy to get lost in the state ballot proposals,” Barnett said. “We’re concerned that amongst all the election noise our little proposal doesn’t get lost.”

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