Special assessment for improved fire operations

On May 4, 2020 at 7p.m., the Riverview City Council will hold a public hearing to hear comments on the proposed Public Safety Special Assessment Levy Roll. 

Estimates of the additional costs have been prepared, been filed with the city clerk, and are available for public examination. A copy of the proposed special assessment roll will be filed with the city clerk and on the city website for public inspection.

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 1951, as amended, to fund the additional costs for the full-time employees. The special assessment would be dedicated to fire department operations, maintenance, and equipment. 

The initial step was to create a special assessment district, which would encompass all the real property, land, and parcels located within the City of Riverview. This was approved by the Riverview City Council at their April 20, 2020 meeting.

The amount of the proposed special assessment offsets the sewer debt millage of 1.47 mills, which will be coming off the summer 2020 property tax bills. This results in no overall increase in millage rates. 

The special assessment will be assessed against the taxable value of the property, similar to a normal millage. This special assessment is for one year only, as the city looks for long-term funding for the increased staffing.

It is expected that the City Council meeting will be a virtual Zoom meeting; information about how to access the meeting online and via teleconference will be posted on the city website http://www.cityofriverview.com/ if that happens. 

Otherwise, the meeting will occur at City Hall.

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