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City Council votes to reduce Novi's tax rate, making it the lowest in the county
April 19, 2016

NOVI, MI - At Monday evening's Novi City Council meeting, council approved the '16 - '17 city budget. The detailed plan includes an increase in over $1 million for public safety, and indicates that taxes are expected to increase by over $400,000 from the current year, while fees are expected to raise nearly $600,000 more than the current year.

The majority on council also voted to lower Novi's tax rate from 10.2 to 9.95 through a reduction in the Drain Fund.

Speaking about the approved budget, Mayor Bob Gatt stated today, "Since first being elected Mayor in 2011, my colleagues on city council and I have worked tirelessly to ensure that the residents of Novi get the very best service that they have come to expect. We are blessed with the finest police and fire departments in the country, and council voted to increase the size of both agencies in order to maintain that level of service that we demand."

He went on to note, "All other departments in the city also operate at the highest levels and Novi continues to receive national awards for all the great work being done at city hall. We balance our budget every year and since I have become mayor, working with Brooks Patterson and his staff at the county, Novi has implemented a three year budget where we can see problems in the future and fix them in the present before they get out of hand."

When asked about the tax reduction, Mayor Gatt stated, "For the second time since my election to Mayor in 2011, council has reduced taxes. Because the majority of council approved the reduction at last night's meeting, our millage rate is now below 10 for the first time in many years. Novi now has the lowest tax rate of any city in Oakland County."

In other business before council on Monday:

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Approved as presented.


1. Recommended Annual Budget and Financial Plan 2016-2017 PRESENTATIONS:

1. Proclamation in recognition of Arbor Day on April 30 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Lakeshore – Department of Public Services – Tiffany Giacobazzi, Forester




CONSENT AGENDA: All approved as presented

A. Approve Minutes of: 1. April 4, 2016 – Regular meeting 2. April 6, 2016 – Special meeting

B. Enter Executive Session immediate following the regular meeting of April 18, 2016 in the Council Annex for the purpose of reviewing the contents of applications for City Assessor and review privileged correspondence from City Attorney.

C. Approval of Consultant Review Committee recommendation for a three year contract with two one-year renewal options with NSA Architects, Engineers and Planners for Architectural Professional Services.

D. Approval to award the contract for office supplies to Global Office Solutions, through the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) CoPro+ shared services program for one (1) year with two (2) renewal options in one (1) year increments, for an estimated annual amount of $60,000.

E. Approval to award Novi Enterprise Asset Management System (NEAMS) implementation & system upgrade services to Power Engineers in the amount of $23,867.

F. Approval of the final payment to Audia Concrete Construction, Inc. for the 2015 Pathway Gaps and ADA Improvements program in the amount of $14,420.44, plus interest earned on retainage.

G. Approval of a Storm Drainage Facility Maintenance Easement Agreement from Pulte Land Company, LLC for the Liberty Park Single Family Phase 2 project located north of Twelve Mile Road, west of Dixon Road (parcel 22-10-300-027).

H. Acceptance of a pathway easement as a donation from Sports Club of Novi, LLC, behind the Ice Arena (42500 Nick Lidstrom Drive) for a pathway to be constructed between the Ridgeview Villas of Novi development and the City of Novi Dog Park (parcel 22-26-101-020).

I. Approval to award geotechnical services to Testing Engineers and Consultants, Inc. for the Nine Mile Road Rehabilitation (Novi Road to Meadowbrook Road) in the amount of $16,637.

J. Approval to award engineering design services to Spalding DeDecker Associates for the Village Oaks Lake and Village Wood Lake Stormwater Improvements in the amount of $56,200.

K. Approval of resolution recognizing Michigan Jaguars FC as a nonprofit organization operating in the City of Novi for the purpose of obtaining a charitable gaming license from the State of Michigan.

L. Approval of a Resolution of Support authorizing submission of a Transportation Alternatives Program grant application for the portion of the ITC Regional Pathway within ITC Community Sports Park between Eight Mile Road and the ITC Corridor.

M. Approval to award AT&T a three-year contract for managed Internet services in the amount of $9,246.24 per year.

N. Approval of Claims and Accounts – Warrant No. 962


1. Approval of Resolution for 2016 Millage Rates. APPROVED

2. Approval of Resolution for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget and Acknowledging the Multi-Year Budget, including Projections of Fiscal Years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. APPROVED

3. Consideration of variance from requirements of City’s Subdivision of Land Ordinance depth-to-width ratio requirements in order to allow lot split/combination submitted by Arkin, L.L.C. for property located at the northeast corner of Nine Mile Road and Novi Road, Parcel No. 22-26-300-009. APPROVED

4. Consideration for approval of the request of Learning Care Academy (aka Everbrook Academy), JSP15-57, for a Planned Suburban Low-Rise (PSLR) Overlay Development Agreement and revised Concept Plan. The subject property is 4.15 acres of vacant land located on the west side of Beck Road, north of Eleven Mile Road, in Section 17. The applicant is proposing a child care facility to serve up to 138 children. APPROVED

5. Consideration to adopt resolution placing a question on the August 2016 ballot whether to authorize the City to levy a new millage for specific Capital Projects of up to 1.0 mill, for a period of 10 years, beginning with the 2017 tax year. APPROVED