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On November 8, 2022 Bloomfield Township voters will vote to renew the senior services millage with an increase of .1027 mills beginning in December 2024.  On this page you will find the Ballot Language, a video detailing offerings at the Senior Center, and a calculator that will estimate the tax on your home if the proposal is approved.

Ballot Language

Shall the Charter Township of Bloomfield renew the voter authorized senior services millage of .2273 mills (reduced by required millage rollbacks) due to expire in 2024 and increase said millage by a new .1027 mills for a total millage rate of .3300, authorizing a levy of $.3300 per $1,000 of taxable value to finance the Charter Township of Bloomfield's continued staffing, equipping and operating of the Township's Senior Center and providing of senior services in the Township, including, but not limited to, adult day care service, transportation service, nutrition service, management service and marketing and outreach services, including consultation projects, for a period of 10 years, with the total renewed and new millage to be levied commencing in December 2024. This total renewed and new millage will be subject to applicable statutory and constitutional tax limitation provisions at the time of the levy and will not exceed the above stated rate. It is estimated that this proposal would result in the authorization to collect $1,673,000 in the first year if approved and fully levied.

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Millage Request For Senior Services to Be on the November Ballot

*This article appeared in the Fall 2022 Newsletter.  Find more Township News.

Bloomfield Township Senior Services operates a beautiful, state-of-the-art senior center designed to serve the needs of adults age 50 and over in the community. In addition to the amenities designed to help seniors stay fit and healthy – a warm-water pool, indoor walking track, fitness studio and equipment – the center provides spaces for enrichment and social programs. The center hosts 70,000 visits annually. Vital to the mission of Senior Services are the supportive services offered. BTSS answers a total of 26,000 support service requests annually, which can be a meal, a ride to the center or a medical appointment, a friendly call, an hour of dementia care, a home repair, a support group visit, or a loan of a walker or wheelchair.

The Township is a mature community, with nearly 50 percent of residents aged 50 or more, and 41 percent of households having someone age 65 or over. Demand for services will continue to grow as people prefer to age in place. Although Senior Services, because of a high level of part-time employees, low wages and contract providers, is a most cost-efficient department, expenses have grown faster than revenue. A millage renewal, along with a small millage increase, for Senior Services will be on the ballot in November 2022.

Currently the millage collected to fund BTSS is equal to one-half of a penny of each dollar paid by taxpayers. This amount covers only 52 percent of operating expenses. Fees for classes, donations, grants and various fundraising efforts bring in additional funds, but not enough to eliminate the ongoing deficit. Providing valuable services to the community at the lowest possible cost is an ongoing effort. September's Compassion Walk is an example of the fundraising efforts BTSS relies on to supplement taxpayer-provided funds. “We are committed to offering excellent services to residents,” Senior Services Director Christine Tvaroha said. “Township residents who may need these services are encouraged to reach out to BTSS by calling 248-723- 3500.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Who has authority over the Senior Services millage?

The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees determined the rate and placed the millage on the November 8, 2022 ballot. This decision was made at the Board meeting on Aug. 8, 2022.

How is the millage revenue used?

The tax revenue is dedicated to operate, maintain and staff the Charter Township of Bloomfield's 24,000 sq. ft. Senior Center including equipment, and fund senior services such as transportation and Meals on Wheels for the Township.

When was the millage created?

The first Senior Service millage was proposed in 2004 and passed with 53%.  It was renewed in 2014 by a record 80% of township voters.

What is the current rate?

.2273 which equals approximately $46 annually on a property with a $200,000 Taxable Value.  This is the township’s smallest millage at roughly a half penny of every tax dollar paid.

What is the proposed rate?

.33 which equals approximately $66 annually on a property with a $200,000 Taxable Value

Why does the renewal include an increase?

With the opening of the 24,000 sq. ft. center in 2009 facility costs, unknown in 2004, have continued to outpace revenue from the millage, grants, donations and program fees.

Does the millage cover all programs and services available?

BTSS is an ‘enterprise’ style department of local government.  We have a senior service millage that generates 45% of our budget and we must creatively raise the balance with program fees, service copays, grants and donations. 

What programs and services are available through Bloomfield Township Senior Services?

Find details here: Bloomfield Twp, MI - Senior Services