Wixom Eagle http://www.wixomeagle.com Wixom, Michigan News & Events Mon, 29 May 2017 16:47:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Memorial Day, A Day to Remember http://www.wixomeagle.com/2017/05/29/memorial-day-day-remember/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2017/05/29/memorial-day-day-remember/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 15:18:35 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7322 We should thank all of our men and women who served so valiantly in our Armed Services giving Americans and our Allies their liberties and freedoms that they have celebrated over these many years. Unfortunately, the suffering and sacrifices that were made by families and friends at home and abroad during those tumultuous years are […]

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Freedom Flies High

We should thank all of our men and women who served so valiantly in our Armed Services giving Americans and our Allies their liberties and freedoms that they have celebrated over these many years.

Unfortunately, the suffering and sacrifices that were made by families and friends at home and abroad during those tumultuous years are not known or understood by many of today’s citizens.

The trials and tribulations of today’s political and terrorist global aggression to drive Democracy into oblivion is obvious. Democracy prevails only if there is a desire and a participation to protect it.

Then too, the political environment within our beloved United States has divided Americans. There is now a serious questioning that asks, “Will our Institutions, and our Constitution that protects American’s prevail and  withstand the assault on American values?

Let us hope that American values prevail and the sacrifices of those who gave so much with their ultimate sacrifice did not do so in vain. America and the world is and has become a better place because of their sacrifice.

To all, thank you!

The Eagle

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Kennedy Calls for Long-Term Planning for Wixom Police and Fire http://www.wixomeagle.com/2017/04/01/kennedy-calls-long-term-planning-wixom-police-fire/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2017/04/01/kennedy-calls-long-term-planning-wixom-police-fire/#comments Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:11:18 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7312 At the January 24, 2017 Wixom City Council Meeting, Councilmember Nick Kennedy expressed concern as to why Wixom only had nine Paid-on-Call (POC) Firefighters under the city’s current organizational chart. Kennedy is worried that if there really were only nine POC Firefighters, they must be getting burned out. City Manager Goodlein said it was difficult […]

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At the January 24, 2017 Wixom City Council Meeting, Councilmember Nick Kennedy expressed concern as to why Wixom only had nine Paid-on-Call (POC) Firefighters under the city’s current organizational chart. Kennedy is worried that if there really were only nine POC Firefighters, they must be getting burned out.

City Manager Goodlein said it was difficult for all communities to obtain the services of POC Firefighters. He explained that years ago, some businesses would allow their employees to leave the job without loss of pay to respond to an emergency call. Goodlein cited MAC Valves as one of the businesses that would allow it.

Public Safety Director Charles Yon added that every fire department in the area has the same issue and many departments allow members to live outside of their respective cities.

Councilmember Kennedy then put forth the idea for a separate millage for a potential full-time fire department here in Wixom. Mr. Goodlein said if that was the direction council wanted to go, he would certainly get more information.

Kennedy said that it might be better to first discuss it during the coming budget study sessions in April. Councilmember Kennedy added that he felt that the council and city staff should begin working on something more long term for the city’s fire department. He thought it would be nice to have a ten or fifteen year funded plan in place for police and fire. Public Safety Director Yon said the decrease in staffing really occurred over the last few years. In the past, there were usually twenty or so POC firefighters.

Mr. Goodlein noted that when addressing staffing concerns, there was a certain level of uncertainty relative to revenue but that it was fluid. Goodlein also noted that the last thing they want to do was hire people and then be forced to lay them off because there is no funding.

Councilmember Kennedy believed this would be the time –  while they had the “up to” 3.5 mills – to pursue a long term solution to this potential problem. He thought this should be put out to the community to determine if this was something they’d be interested in.

Mayor Hinkley wondered if someone lived outside the City of Wixom, but worked inside the City, would they be able to be a POC firefighter for Wixom. Public Safety Director Yon said that could be a possibility and that they would look into it.

Councilmember Gottschall mentioned that he received a post card from Novi stating that if you lived within five miles of Novi, you could be a firefighter for Novi. Gottschall thought it would be a good opportunity to open the Paid-on-Call firefighting jobs to people that work in the city so that day time fire calls would be covered.

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Forbidden Art Exhibit Coming to Wixom http://www.wixomeagle.com/2017/01/28/forbidden-art-exhibit-coming-wixom/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2017/01/28/forbidden-art-exhibit-coming-wixom/#respond Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:50:31 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7307 Forbidden Art Exhibit, March 20 – April 6, 2017 The City of Wixom is proud to announce that they will host the traveling exhibition entitled Forbidden Art, a collection of images of artwork created by concentration camp prisoners while imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II. The exhibition originated at Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum […]

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Forbidden Art Exhibit, March 20 – April 6, 2017

The City of Wixom is proud to announce that they will host the traveling exhibition entitled Forbidden Art, a collection of images of artwork created by concentration camp prisoners while imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II. The exhibition originated at Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (A-B Museum) and is made up of twenty large color photos of drawings and sculptures made by inmates of the Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Ravensbrüeck concentration camps. Each of the photographs is accompanied by a historical commentary and a narrative account as to why the piece was created. The original objects are permanently housed at the A-B Museum and are far too delicate for public display.

The mere act of producing these works was highly dangerous: Creating art was illegal in the Nazi concentration camps. “The uniqueness of all people was precisely the thing that the former camp administration sought to destroy,” states JJ Przewozniak, Curator of Collections for The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools. “The inmates were acknowledged by a number, not a name: their clothes were exchanged for uniforms; their hair was removed. Every aspect of life in the camp sought to remove one’s own identity. This artwork defies all of that. It’s truly a testament to the human spirit.”

Forbidden Art will be installed at the Wixom Public Library from March 20 through April 6, 2017. The exhibit is made possible by the Wixom Downtown Development Authority, the Wixom Community Foundation, and local sponsors. The exhibit was developed and is presented in North America by The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools in exclusive partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. It has been displayed at prominent institutions such as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, West Point, the Hoover Museum, and UCLA. The City of Wixom exhibit is funded in part through a grant provided by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Anton Art Center.

Forbidden Art Reception
When: Sunday, March 19
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Community Center
Cost: $20 through April 30
$25 March 1 and after

Please join us for an opening reception to welcome this extraordinary exhibit. This evening’s almost-black-tie reception is sponsored by the Wixom Downtown Development Authority, the Wixom Community Foundation, and local Wixom businesses. We will be honored by the presence of a speaker from Poland’s famed Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum who will provide intimate details of this moving artwork. The reception includes refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, music, and exhibit viewing. To purchase tickets, please see the City website’s Activities & Events Registration Page or call 248-624-2850.

 

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City Manager, Goodlein Contributes to Political Millage Committee http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/03/city-manager-goodlein-contributes-political-millage-committee/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/03/city-manager-goodlein-contributes-political-millage-committee/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2016 02:20:06 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7290 According to the Michigan Department of State Bureau of Election, a pro Millage Increase Election Committee, identified as ”The Wixom Families for Community Safety” filed their financial report through their Campaign Treasurer, on October 25, 2016. Certainly, citizens and businesses interests have a right to express political concerns by donating to and forming political packs […]

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According to the Michigan Department of State Bureau of Election, a pro Millage Increase Election Committee, identified as ”The Wixom Families for Community Safety” filed their financial report through their Campaign Treasurer, on October 25, 2016.

Certainly, citizens and businesses interests have a right to express political concerns by donating to and forming political packs or committees to expressing their voices.

  • Remember Buckley v. Valeo court action ruled that …campaign finance spending…was the same as written or verbal expression or free speech. Money became free speech!

What is interesting and significant within the report is the contribution of Wixom City Manager, Clarence Goodlein of Milford of $500.00, and $427.94. This campaign spending  is interesting in that it would give the appearance of unethical behavior NS THE APPEARANDCE OF A DEFINATE CONFLICT OF INTEREST. …Let’s pass this millage:  I need the money and a raise?.  If the Millage were approve, he would, “feather his own MonetaryNnest.”

Other contributors are:

Mayor, Kevin Hinkley: $200.00 – Conveyall Industrial Supply, Inc.

Clarence Goodlein, Wixom City Manager, Milford, MI: $500.00

Karin Goodlein, Traverse City, MI: $500.00 – Retired

Ronald Moore Walled Lake, MI: $100.00 – [no employer given]

Raymond Shamoun Commerce Twp.: $500.00 – Jackson Automotive

Robert Bauriedl, Brighton, MI: $500.00 – Cut and Care

Carl Bumgardner Plymouth, MI: $500.00 – Royal Truck & Trailer

Charbel Alam Farmington, MI: $500.00: Magnum Towing

Wixom Families For Community Safety: $425.00

Clarence Goodlein, City Manager, Wixom (Hangers): $427.94

Stacey Banks Wixom, MI: Facebook Enhancement: $74.12.

Total contributions received by the WFFCS Committee is $3300.00 for political purposes supporting the increase of the millage proposal.

Individuals and businesses can participate in the political process of the community; however, City Manager, Goodlein should not give the impression that he wants a raise or showing a bias by contributing to the political interests of any committee; Mr. Goodlein would be wise to heed this advice. City Manager, Goodlein should do his “Administrative Job” of the City Manager and let the politics up to the community taxpayers, and voters.

Mr. Goodlein, you live in Milford, raise or lower their taxes if you want, but when you work in Wixom, let the taxpayers and voters decide what is best for them. It is called an Election: you are not a resident but an EMPLOYEE.

…Or, perhaps, Mr. Goodlein you should request an Absentee ballot!


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City Council Meeting Recordings Now Available http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/03/city-council-meeting-recordings-now-available/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/03/city-council-meeting-recordings-now-available/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 21:11:38 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7284 Following nearly a year of effort by Councilmembers Gottschall, Kennedy, and Smiley, nearly all future meetings of Wixom City Council will now be recorded by students of Walled Lake Schools and made available for interested residents to view through YouTube and WLTV. This is a very important advancement on Council, and important for a knowledgeable […]

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Following nearly a year of effort by Councilmembers Gottschall, Kennedy, and Smiley, nearly all future meetings of Wixom City Council will now be recorded by students of Walled Lake Schools and made available for interested residents to view through YouTube and WLTV. This is a very important advancement on Council, and important for a knowledgeable and engaged electorate. This will help to hold Council more accountable to the citizens of Wixom.

Walled Lake students first recorded the October 11th meeting of Council, which the administration has posted to its social media, and which the school television system has aired at various times for television viewing. As a concerned and interested resident you will now be able to see what has occurred in the meetings without worrying if your busy schedule doesn’t allow the time between family and errands to attend each meeting. These recordings will also help to overcome the vague and missed portions of official council minutes that sometimes occurs, giving you a better feeling for the personality of council and the discussion about important city issues . . . such as the budget and millages!

Congratulations to the Council on joining the times, and the many other local governments that have been broadcasting their meetings to their residents. It is about time Council has worked to be more transparent with voters and residents through these recordings. Now let us hope that future steps will be taken to address other inconsistencies in city recordkeeping and openness.

 

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Guest Article: Jane Kleban on Wixom’s Millage Renewal http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/01/guest-article-jane-kleban-wixoms-millage-renewal/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/01/guest-article-jane-kleban-wixoms-millage-renewal/#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:53:14 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7280 Some final facts to consider before voting Yes or No on Wixom’s Millage Renewal. Wixom has an excellent Police Department with a good ratio of officers to residents. According to the Mayor, nearly 90% of all crime is confined to a single apartment complex, making the rest of the City safer for other residents. The […]

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Some final facts to consider before voting Yes or No on Wixom’s Millage Renewal.

  • Wixom has an excellent Police Department with a good ratio of officers to residents. According to the Mayor, nearly 90% of all crime is confined to a single apartment complex, making the rest of the City safer for other residents. The previous millage allowed three new officers to be hired and $272,000 new vehicles and equipment to be purchased.
  • Also, according to the City’s website, our Fire Chief, staff and 20 paid on-call volunteers have 10 dedicated vehicles to help them fight fires and perform emergency rescues (including 2 engines, 2 medical vehicles, 1 aerial platform ladder truck, 1 grass fire rig, 1 heavy rescue, 1 tanker, a tech rescue trailer and a special response vehicle). Two of those vehicles were purchased since the last millage at a cost in excess of $700,000.
  • The DPW also serves the community well, plowing streets picking up leaves and maintaining city parks and property with $837,000 in new vehicles purchased since the last millage increase.
  • So how have we paid for these and other services? First there’s the 7.9 mill city operating budget which covers the bulk of City expenses. Then there’s the 3.5 in additional “make whole” mills levied in 2012, and the 1.15 mills for local roads and .3 mills for the safety path, and 1.7460 for water/utility. That’s one base rate, plus four additional millages–not including the separate library millage, which was recently passed thanks to the support of the community. In addition, the City receives several millions of dollars in grants for road construction and sewer maintenance, and has collected more than $1 1/2 million in building and construction permits according to the City Manager.
  • The city has done so well that after paying all of the City bills, cutting expenses, and spending more than $2 1/2 million dollars on one-of-a kind services and equipment designed to last 5-20 years (like those listed above), there is more than $4.81 million in surplus funds in what’s called the Budget Stabilization Budget. In addition, the City maintains an emergency Fund Balance of $1,644,868. Added together that’s $6,454,868 over and beyond the city’s $10.533 million dollar city budget.
  • Call it what you will–judicious spending, belt tightening, over taxation, or a combination of all three. This surplus will more than cover any potential reductions in police, fire, DPW, senior center and Community Center services for the next few years. So there is no reason to lose the services we have come to expect.
  • The common sense position appears be to Vote No on the 3.5 “new dedicated tax” and ask the City Council to reconsider a more realistic rate in a year or two. The 3.5 rate is just too greedy.

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Saving the Wixom Wire House http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/01/saving-wixom-wire-house/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/01/saving-wixom-wire-house/#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:04:14 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7277 At the September 27th meeting of Council, those councilmembers present (Mayor Hinkley and Councilmember Rzeznik excused) voted to approve the restoration of Wixom’s Wire House in an amount not to exceed $54,000. This is great news for those in our community who care about the roots of our city, and Wixom’s past. According to Ms. […]

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At the September 27th meeting of Council, those councilmembers present (Mayor Hinkley and Councilmember Rzeznik excused) voted to approve the restoration of Wixom’s Wire House in an amount not to exceed $54,000. This is great news for those in our community who care about the roots of our city, and Wixom’s past.

According to Ms. Dorchak of the Wixom Historical Society, the Wire House was constructed in 1855 by one of the first settlers in our community. Over the years this home served as home to the pastor of the local church, where funerals of community members were sometimes carried out. The pastor’s name was Reverend Wire, and that is why Wixom knows this house as the “Wire House.” After the Wire Family the house was inhabited by the Tiffin family until the early-1970s, until the owners passed away at the very old ages of 104 and 93. At that time the home still used an outhouse! As the Wixom Historical Society knew, the Wire House has been a Wixom landmark and needing to be saved.

This action by Council comes after a long process carried out by the Wixom Historical Society, and their efforts to raise the funds necessary to carry out the repairs on their own. A number of months ago it became clear to the Historical Society that the foundation of this Wixom artifact were beginning to crumble, and that the house itself was at risk if left without repair. After this realization the Wixom Historical Society contacted a local architect to conduct a full evaluation of the work needed to restore the Wire House, and we surprised to learn that at the time it would cost nearly $25,000. The Wixom Historical Society undertook lengthy efforts to begin raising funds for the necessary repairs, even hosting fundraisers a the Wixom Station restaurant in the downtown area. After many months of hard work raising funds the Historical Society had raised approximately $10,000 toward the repairs.

As the Historical Society worked on their fundraising efforts, the condition of the Wire House continued to deteriorate, to the point that it was advised that no public access be granted creating a truly dire situation for this piece of Wixom history. It was at this time that the city of Wixom realized that extra efforts would be required to save the Wire House, and so Council stepped in to assist the Historical Society by fully restoring the home. The cost of the work approved by Council has grown due to the growing list of work to be completed at the Wire House to reopen the home to the public. Reinforcements will be added in the foundation to re-support the home. Additionally, other interior and exterior work will be carried out to insure that no further structural damage occurs to the home in the near future, thus protecting this Wixom landmark for future generations.

Finally, funds raised by the Wixom Historical Society will now be able to be used for the other important projects and efforts of this group, which really helps to secure the identity and character of our city.

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3.50 Mills is Too Much http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/21/3-50-mills-much/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/21/3-50-mills-much/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:22:53 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7270 For the past several months, Wixom Mayor, Kevin Hinkley, and Wixom City Manager, Clarence Goodlein, have painted a picture of “gloom and doom” if a new special millage is not passed on November 8th of this year. The current special millage of 3.50 mills expires at the end of 2016. During the Wixom City Council […]

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For the past several months, Wixom Mayor, Kevin Hinkley, and Wixom City Manager, Clarence Goodlein, have painted a picture of “gloom and doom” if a new special millage is not passed on November 8th of this year. The current special millage of 3.50 mills expires at the end of 2016.

During the Wixom City Council Regular meeting on 06/14/16, the council, discussed, debated, and voted on placing ballot language for the renewal of the current Special Millage in the amount of 3.50 mills on the November ballot.

Council members Kennedy, Gottschall, and Smiley made several attempts during the discussion portions of the meeting to lower the amount of the proposed new special millage. Mayor Hinkley, along with Councilmen Ziegler, Beagle and Rzeznik, were set firmly on 3.50 mills.

Council members Kennedy, Gottschall, and Smiley made a case for reducing the millage amount to be put before the voters of Wixom to 1.75 mills. They argued that 3.50 mills equates to about $2.3 million, of which an average of $1.1 million has been “tucked away” to the city’s Budget Stabilization Fund each of the last four years. It made sense to these councilman that the city government could maintain its services with essentially half of what the current special millage was currently collecting. Simply put, 3.5 mills is too much.

Kennedy, Gottschall, and Smiley have stated publicly that they did not want to take the tax increase decision away from the people of Wixom. However, they also wanted to put a better proposal on the ballot than what was being presented to them.

Unable to come up with a super-majority vote, Councilman Gottschall proposed an amendment to the ballot language. Instead of “3.50 mills”, it was changed to “up to 3.50 mills”.

This change to the millage proposal passed.

Council members Kennedy, Gottschall, and Smiley didn’t want a 3.50 millage renewal/increase, but they didn’t want to take the decision-power away from Wixom’s citizens.

This change to the wording of the proposal will allow the annual special millage amount to be less than 3.50 mills each year (but no higher). If passed, the amount will be debated, discussed, and determined by the City Council each year during Wixom’s budget sessions.

So, Wixom has a choice: vote for the 3.50 mills on the Nov. 8 ballot and hope that the council can or will go below the 3.50 mills allowed, or vote it down and make the council come back with a proposal that will be acceptable to the residents of Wixom.

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Theodore Roosevelt, “Duties of American Citizenship” http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/10/theodore-roosevelt-duties-american-citizenship/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/10/theodore-roosevelt-duties-american-citizenship/#respond Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:09:24 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7264 Vote on Election Day Theodore Roosevelt, “Duties of American Citizenship” January 26, 1883; Buffalo, New York “…for what I wish to talk of is the attitude of the American citizen in civic life. It ought to be axiomatic in this country that every man must devote a reasonable share of his time to doing his […]

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Theodore Roosevelt, “Duties of American Citizenship”

January 26, 1883; Buffalo, New York

“…for what I wish to talk of is the attitude of the American citizen in civic life. It ought to be axiomatic in this country that every man must devote a reasonable share of his time to doing his duty in the Political life of the community. No man has a right to shirk his political duties under whatever plea of pleasure or business; and while such shirking may be pardoned in those of small cleans it is entirely unpardonable in those among whom it is most common–in the people whose circumstances give them freedom in the struggle for life. In so far as the community grows to think rightly, it will likewise grow to regard the young man of means who shirks his duty to the State in time of peace as being only one degree worse than the man who thus shirks it in time of war. A great many of our men in business, or of our young men who are bent on enjoying life (as they have a perfect right to do if only they do not sacrifice other things to enjoyment), rather plume themselves upon being good citizens if they even vote; yet voting is the very least of their duties, Nothing worth gaining is ever gained without effort. You can no more have freedom without striving and suffering for it than you can win success as a banker or a lawyer without labor and effort, without self-denial in youth and the display of a ready and alert intelligence in middle age. The people who say that they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying that they are unfit to live in a free community.

This is a repeat of a July 4th publication and it is important and worthy of repeating!

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Wixom Millage Debate http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/07/wixom-millage-debate/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/07/wixom-millage-debate/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:35:03 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7257 The Spinal Column recently published two articles having to do with the November 8th vote on Wixom’s Millage. Below are links to those stories: Does Wixom really need a millage renewal? Guest column by Wixom resident Jane Kleban In 2012 Wixom taxpayers approved a four-year 3.5 millage request. That millage generated $2.35 million a year for […]

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The Spinal Column recently published two articles having to do with the November 8th vote on Wixom’s Millage. Below are links to those stories:

Does Wixom really need a millage renewal?

Guest column by Wixom resident Jane Kleban

In 2012 Wixom taxpayers approved a four-year 3.5 millage request. That millage generated $2.35 million a year for a total of $9.4 million over four years.

The millage was positioned as a temporary “make whole” proposition in order to provide essential police, fire, DPW and other emergency services to residents and businesses of Wixom. Many people felt that there was no choice but

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Wixom’s well-being depends upon renewal of its special operating millage.

Guest column by Wixom City Manager, and resident, Clarence Goodlein.

The renewal of Wixom’s special operating millage is critical to the immediate and long-term success of the community and the city’s ability to deliver services to its residents and businesses.

While it was believed in 2012 that the city’s property tax revenue would significantly recover and that extension of the special operating millage would be unnecessary, this has not occurred.

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