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Charter Amendment Proposal
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From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

The City Council has placed a proposal to amend the Charter on the November 2, 2010 ballot. This proposal would expand the permitted use of funds raised by what is called the Capital Improvements Millage (CIP). The CIP millage is currently levied at 1.8678 mills, and can be used for sewer, water and street improvements. If the proposal is adopted by voters, the CIP millage funds could also be used for general operations of the City. The City Council heard from many residents that they would prefer to see some dedicated millages “undedicated” to provide more options when planning the budget each year.

A certain portion of CIP funds collected each year, about 40%, is committed to paying off bonds, or debt, that were issued to finance large construction projects, such as Byron Center Avenue and Wilson Avenue improvements. The remaining CIP funds have been used to do on-going capital street maintenance or provide our share of federally-funded transportation projects, such as the 44th Street / US-131 interchange. Passage of this Charter amendment would allow the City Council to also use this fund for other City services, such as public safety, code enforcement, or mandated local government services. Adoption of this Charter amendment would not increase property taxes. The entire text of the ballot proposal can be found on our website, www.wyomingmi.gov. Sample ballots are also available from the City Clerk’s Office.

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