Special Assessment District for improved fire operations proposed

The Riverview fire department is in the process of transitioning to a combination of full-time and part-time employees following City Council’s approval to hire eight full-time firefighter-paramedics. Once implemented, the department will be staffed with both full-time and part-time employees.

The City Council is considering a special assessment under Public Act 33 of 1952, as amended, to fund the additional costs for the full-time employees. 

The special assessment would be dedicated only to fire department operations, maintenance, and equipment. 

The initial step would be to consider the creation of a special assessment district, which would encompass all the real property, land, and parcels located within the City of Riverview. (This, of course, includes homes and businesses.)

On March 16, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at 14100 Civic Park Drive in Riverview, the Riverview City Council will hold a public hearing to listen to comments about the creation of a proposed Public Safety Special Assessment District. Estimates of the additional personnel costs have been prepared and filed with the city clerk and are available for public review.

Additional public hearings will take place to gather input about the distribution of a special assessment levy. This public hearing is tentatively scheduled for the May 4, 2020, City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. 

Notice of this public hearing will be published closer to the meeting date. The amount of the proposed special assessment would offset the previous sewer debt millage, which will be coming off the summer 2020 property tax bills, resulting in no increase in millage rates.

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