On August 6, 2019 Bloomfield Township residents will be asked to vote on a proposed 2.3-mill tax intended to fund a special assessment district (SAD) dedicated to funding Police and Fire. If the SAD is approved the Township’s general millage of 1.25 will be allowed to expire, resulting in a net 1.05-mill increase. The Township is facing a major budget shortfall over funding of the Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB), specifically health care costs for retirees, and the Defined Benefit Pension Plan. This page is designed to keep everyone up-to-date on all discussion, documents and developments.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see how your tax bill would be affected.
|BALLOT LANGUAGE FOR PROPOSAL
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR POLICE/FIRE DEPARTMENTS
Should the Charter Township of Bloomfield raise money to equip, maintain, and operate the Township Police/Fire Departments by annual special assessment levies of up to 2.30 mills ($2.30 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) on all real property in the Township that is not exempt from property taxes, for a period of 15 years, with the levies to be from 2019 to 2033 to provide funding for the 2019/2020 to the 2033/2034 fiscal years. If approved and fully levied in December 2019, the revenue from this special assessment collected in the first year would be $9,041,317.00. In the event this ballot proposal is approved by the voters, the existing voted general millage due to expire in 2019 will not be renewed by the Township.
Resolution Approving Ballot Language and Hearing Dates for
Possible Police/Fire Departments Special Assessment
Ballot language is contained in the box above. To read the full resolution click the link below.
Ballot Question Resolution
Learn More About the August 6, 2019 Election
Learn about the Public Safety SAD and what impact it would have on the community. To view a video on the proposed Public Safety SAD at the May 28, 2019 Board of Trustees meeting click here
Residents are encouraged to attend one of the following Town Hall meetings on the ballot proposal hosted by Leo Savoie, Township Supervisor:
Where: Bloomfield Township Senior Center, 4315 Andover Rd.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 1:30 PM
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Where: Bloomfield Township Hall- Auditorium, 4200 Telegraph Rd.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM
For more information about the Town Hall Meetings click the link below.
Town Hall Meetings on the August 6 Election
For a brief presentation of the proposed Public Safety SAD click here.
Supervisor Leo Savoie addresses false statements on the proposed Public Safety SAD. Click here to view a brief presentation.
(If you are having trouble viewing this presentation, switch your browser to Internet Explorer or Chrome).
Health Care Costs
In 2010, the Township moved all active employees from a traditional PPO plan to the current Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) plan. Based on the national average health care increases since 2010, the premium of the PPO plan would be $6 million dollars higher than today’s HRA plan cost. Cumulatively, this step saved the Township over $36 million dollars since 2010.
For a brief presentation on Health Care Costs click here
Supervisor's Health Insurance Analysis
Public Safety SAD Election Presentation and Resident Survey
The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees held a Special Study Session on March 20, 2019 to discuss funding the structural deficit and the results of a resident survey. On April 8, 2019 the Board of Trustees approved a special election on August 6, 2019 for a Public Safety Special Assessment District (SAD). The detailed survey results and detailed information on the Public Safety Special Assessment District are available by clicking the links below.
Public Safety Special Assessment District
Click here to watch the March 20 Special Study Session.
Plante Moran Study
Click here to view the Plante Moran Study Session presentation of December 11, 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
In December 2017, Gov. Rick Snyder signed Michigan Public Act 202 – Protecting Local Government Retirement and Benefits Act – into law. The state took this action because of the growing cost of retiree health care systems paired with high levels of underfunding among governmental units across the state. View the legislation and the Township's funding situation summary by clicking the links below.
Michigan Public Act 202
OPEB and Defined Benefit Pension Plan Funding Situation Summary
2018 Summary Annual Report - Defined Benefit Pension Plan
2018 Summary Annual Report - Retired Employees Health Care Plan
How a Police and Fire SAD Would Affect Your Tax Bill
How would your tax bill be affected by a net millage increase of 1.05? Use the calculator below to see the amount your yearly taxes would increase. NOTE: If your taxable value was changed by the Board of Review, please call the Assessor's Office at 248-433-7710 for an updated amount.