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PROPOSAL 2 "Sidewalk Millage"
On the Nov. 8, 2011 City of Ann Arbor Election Ballot

PROPOSAL 2

ANN ARBOR CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT TAX FOR STREET AND BRIDGE RESURFACING AND RECONSTRUCTION AND FOR SIDEWALK REPAIRS 

(NOTE: ADOPTION OF PROPOSAL 2 IS CONDITIONED UPON
ADOPTION AT THIS ELECTION OF PROPOSAL 1)

Shall the Charter be amended to authorize a tax increase of up to 0.125 mills for 2012 through 2016 in addition to the street and bridge resurfacing and reconstruction millage of 2 mills, which 0.125 mills will raise in the first year of levy the estimated additional revenue of $563,000, to provide a total of up to 2.125 mills for sidewalk repair, street and bridge reconstruction and resurfacing?

¨           Yes                  ¨           No

Explanation of Ballot Language for the Sidewalk Repair Millage

The November 8, 2011 ballot will contain two millage proposals: Proposal 1 and Proposal 2. 

Proposal 2 is the Sidewalk Repair Millage.  This millage will only go into effect if voters authorize both Proposal 1 and 2.  If both proposals pass, the Sidewalk Repair millage would increase the amount of the Street and Bridge Resurfacing and Reconstruction Millage from 2 mills to 2.125 mills and increase the tax levy by $13/year for an average market value home (of $214,000).  The additional one-eighth (0.125) mills would be applied toward sidewalk repairs throughout the city.  If Proposal 1 passes and Proposal 2 does not pass, the Street and Bridge Resurfacing and Reconstruction millage would go into effect at the level of 2 mills.   

Background From 2005-2011, the City coordinated a cycle of sidewalk inspection throughout the City. Property owners with faulty sidewalks were required to make the necessary repairs themselves or with a private contractor. Most property owners responded promptly and responsibly.

All sidewalk repairs that were marked under the previous multi-year program will be completed and paid by the responsible property owner this year. For the small percentage of property owners that have not yet made the indicated repairs, the City has taken over and will complete the repairs by the end of 2011.  All construction costs plus administrative fees will be assessed to the non-compliant property owners.

The citywide sidewalk inspection/enforcement cycle is now complete and is not scheduled to be repeated. Instead, a millage option—Proposal 2: Sidewalk Repair Millage—offers an alternative method for managing sidewalk repairs and will appear on the November 8, 2011 election ballot.

Summaries of a series of June 2011 public meetings to review and discuss the proposed street and sidewalk millages and an online survey are provided below:

Report on A2 Public Engagement Activities on Streets & Sidewalks, June-July 2011 (pdf)

A2 Streets and Sidewalks Online Survey Results 2011 (pdf)   

How to Participate Your comments are welcomed! Please come to the public meetings in October and/or review the materials from the summer sessions and surveys, attached to the left-hand column on this page.

Please direct additional comments and questions to

Nick Hutchinson, P.E., Senior Project Engineer
City of Ann Arbor, Public Services Area, Project Management
Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron
nhutchinson@a2gov.org,
734.794.6410 ext  “0.”

 
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