Each year around this time, we begin the process of formulating the budget for the next fiscal year, which in our case begins January 1. In the business of local government, there are many competing priorities. We look at all the services that we provide and make many decisions about how they are delivered. But first, we ask ourselves “why” they are being delivered. If there is not a clear and concise answer to the “why” question, then the service does not get funded. Every department of the City delivers very distinct and different services and functions and all are certainly important in their own right. High on the priority list is always those things that are deemed to be essential services such as DPW, Police and Fire. Yes, we must make sure we have a well-funded and supported infrastructure, police department and fire department. But all of the other things we do to keep a City up and running are also highly important and are closely linked. For example, without an Assessing Department we wouldn’t have values on which taxes are collected by the Treasurer’s Department who in turn wouldn’t have funds to give to the Finance Department who in turn couldn’t provide payment for services and payroll to all of the departments throughout the City, including those essential services previously mentioned. It sounds like the old . . . “leg bone connected to the knee bone, knee bone connected to the thigh bone. . . .” Continue reading “It’s Budget Season”
On Tuesday, August 4 there will be an election only for those residing in the Pontiac School District (PSD). All of the municipalities in the district will be voting on this millage question that day. In Auburn Hills, we have about 7,300 voters who reside in the PSD, all within 5 precincts.
As always, you can get an absentee ballot if you think you may be out of the City that day. Even if you work outside the City and think there is a slight chance you may not be back to Auburn Hills by 8 pm, you are welcome to vote absentee. If you are over 65, you can vote absentee just because you don’t want to go to the polls! If voting absentee, you must be certain to get your voted ballot to us by 8 pm Tuesday, August 4. Prior to August 4, you can mail the ballot, or drop it in one of our two drop boxes, or bring it in yourself.
Our PSD voters reside in precincts 1, 4, 6, 8, and 9. If you are unsure whether you are in the PSD, please feel free to call us at 248-370-9402.
We have sample ballots here in the Clerk’s office, and you can also apply for an absentee here in person.
Please remember to vote. This is a 5 year millage question, for a sinking fund designated to fix school buildings. I’ve always believed the old classic Clerk’s line about voting – “if you don’t vote, don’t complain”. Whether you are for the millage or against it, your only voice is your vote. Please “speak up” on August 4. The polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.
Terri Kowal, City Clerk