Safe Streets Renewal

The Bottom Line: 

What it means to you

In 2013, residents were afforded an opportunity to shape the future of the city of Sterling Heights through Safe Streets, a ballot proposal providing six years of dedicated funding for police and fire operations and neighborhood street improvements. By an overwhelming margin, voters approved Safe Streets, which has been a catalyst for transforming Sterling Heights since 2013.

With the expiration of Safe Streets in 2019, the City is at a critical juncture. The City can either continue its amazing momentum or reverse the progress made to date. If approved, the Safe Streets Renewal affords the City with the revenue needed to preserve excellent police and fire services and continue with an aggressive program for improving our neighborhood streets.

The Safe Streets Renewal is NOT a tax increase. It simply continues the dedicated millage for police and fire protection and neighborhood street improvements for an additional ten years.

The Safe Streets Renewal will authorize the City to continue to levy a total of 2.45 mills for 10 years – 1.65 mills for Police and Fire Protection and 0.8 mills for Neighborhood Streets.

The average homeowner currently pays $185 annually or $15 per month in city taxes due to the Safe Streets millage. This amount will not increase as a result of renewing the millage.

Mayor's Letter
Safe Streets FAQ's

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Safe Streets Tax Icon

Find your cost to keep our Streets Safe!

Click on the button to the left to see how much of your current tax bill supports preserving world-class police and fire services and reconstruction of neighborhood streets. Your taxes will NOT increase as a result of renewing the Safe Streets millage.

What services can be cut to balance the budget if Safe Streets is NOT renewed?

Click on the button to the right to try your hand at balancing the City’s budget if Safe Streets is NOT renewed. What safety services and road projects would you cut in order to balance the budget?

Balance the Budget If Safe Streets Fails