Week of 5.22.17

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Older Persons Commission Charity Gala

The 15th annual fundraiser for Rochester’s Older Persons Commission’s Meals on Wheels program attracted 375 ($150 ticket) to the Royal Park Hotel to party in a Monte Carlo mode. Chance-takers could bid on jewelry from Aurum Designs, pick their own prize in a chance raffle of 13 packages and, after dinner while Frank Sinatra tribute singer Mark Randisi entertained, play casino games and turn their winnings into raffle tickets. WXYZ’s Dave LewAllen emceed the dinner program in which 96-year old Erv Bauer, a Meals on Wheels recipient since his wife died three years ago, admitted, “I can’t even boil water.”  He called the program “a real treasure” because ....” the drivers (greet you) with a smile...and are someone to talk to every day...we really appreciate you sponsors...thank you kindly.”
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oakland confidential

June 2017

DUMBING IT DOWN: State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) has introduced a legislative proposal to reduce the number of members of the state House of Representatives from 110 to 76, or about one-third. "We currently have three House members for every three state Senate seats," McCready said, noting there are 38 state Senate members. Each state ...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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