Maintain | $425,000 annual investment*
A full-time employee focused on parks will be a critical step to ensure all parks are fully maintained.
||General maintenance & operations
Buying gas and mulch, repairing lawn mowing equipment, cleaning and sealing decks and trails, power washing, repairing asphalt trails and related activities are necessary for proper enjoyment of parks and trails.
Replace & Upgrade | $100,000 annual investment*
Replacing and upgrading playground equipment, picnic tables and benches will make our parks welcoming and enjoyable to visit.
|Safety and Infrastructure
Important infrastructure, such as sidewalks, lighting, canoe and kayak launches and more, would be replaced and upgraded to ensure the parks are accessible to all.
Invest | $1.5 million investment, $115,000 allocated annually*
|Garden Club Park Master Plan
Capital improvements to complete the Garden Club Park master plan, including adding a splash pad, ice skating rink, outdoor fireplace and more. We will take steps toward completing the Memorial Park master plan as well.
The millage will enable us to borrow funds to complete the Garden Club Park master plan and pursue the completion of the Memorial Park master plan with the assistance of grants.
The passage of this ballot proposal will also help us maintain and improve our roads. If approved by voters, the parks will finally have asecure and dedicated revenue source and will no longer compete for funds from the general fund with other essential services, such as roads. This will enable us to redirect those now available general funds to streets. The approximately $350,000 historically allocated to parks from the general fund would then be allocated to supplement the annual revenue we receive from the state of Michigan to maintain streets.
Like the parks, the roads have been greatly underfunded, not allowing us to fully maintain, let alone improve the city streets. The additional revenue will enable us to begin implementing our major and local street capital improvement plan. The passage of the dedicated parks millage will enable us to do both: maintain and improve our park system AND maintain and improve our local streets.