Week of 3.27.17

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Kathy Broock Ballard’s annual St. Patrick’s Day charity event is a play on words – the Gaelic for “Ireland forever.” But her girlfriends, 70 came this year, know that the new underwear they bring will be cherished by the women-in-need clients of Grace Centers of Hope and CARE House of Oakland County. The happy hour party at the Village Club is emerald accented (see photo gallery) and noted for Ballard’s generous hospitality. The venue is special to the hostess because ”...my grandmother was one of the founders of this club.” The news maker at the party was Cheryl Hall-Lindsay. She arrived with a foot cast to go with her arm cast. Both injuries were sustained during her fitness run through the neighborhood, but the foot cast was brand new. “This morning I was hit by a car...and the driver ran over my foot,” she explained. Keeping fit can be dangerous.
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oakland confidential

April 2017

BIGOTRY 101: Who could have imagined that in 2017 anti-semitism would once again be rearing its ugly head. Sadly, some local Republicans confirm the toxic malady hit the state’s Republican convention in February, when party administrative vice-chair David Wolkinson of Birmingham ran for re-election to the party position. "There were a bunch of people who also wanted to be vice-chair who ...more»
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Township sets $43 million 2017-18 budget

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
03/17/2017 - A fiscal year 2017-2018 budget, with revenues estimated at $43.4 million and expenditures for the year estimated at $43.3 million, was approved by Bloomfield Township trustees on Monday, March 13.

Township supervisor Leo Savoie said trustees had first begun reviewing the annual budget in November 2016, and had received additions and changes since then. "We had a study session on the budget two and a half weeks ago, and since then, the budget has stood."

The township's fiscal year runs from April 1 of 2017 through March 31, 2018.

Township finance director Jason Theis said there is the assumption the township will have a three percent increase in taxable value from fiscal year 2016-2017, estimated at $3.5 billion in revenues. State shared revenue spending is believed to be neutral, while investment income is anticipated to be increase in the coming year. A new lease was approved between the township and the 48th District Court, which will provide increased revenue income, but all other sources of revenue should be neutral.

Property taxes are expected to bring in $32.4 million of the $43.4 million in revenues to the budget, with state shared revenue spending at $3.2 million. Other sources of revenue will provide $7.5 million.

Of the $43.3 million in expenditures, $27.5 million is allocated towards public safety expenses. The general fund accounts for $10.2 million and the road fund is anticipated to account for $4.4 million.

"While there are no anticipated elections this year, we may have to purchase new election equipment," Theis said. In addition, personnel will see a two percent increase in full -ime wage perks. He said most funds will see a decrease in legal fees due to the hiring of in-house attorney Bill Hampton.

Theis said there will be some capital expenses, estimated at $1.2 million total, such as replacing the outer entry doors at Township Hall; securing parking at the 48th District Court; replacing security cameras and vehicles; replacing street sweepers; adding a new 911 system; and refurbishing some road equipment.

A police department union representative objected to a change in health care benefits for retirees, but treasurer Brian Kepes explained, "It's the same health care as employees receive." Clerk Jan Roncelli said, "I believe you're going to be very pleased."

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