|Shelby Township among lowest tax rates of peers with full-service public safety
Among all the municipalities in Macomb County that provide full-service police and fire service to its residents, Shelby Township boasts the second-lowest tax rate with a local millage rate of 9.299.
Of the Township’s 9.299 mils 1 mil is dedicated to the general fund, 1 mil goes to the police and fire pension fund, 3.2575 mils is allotted for the Fire Department operating fund and 4.0424 mils goes to the police operating fund.
Shelby Township was behind only Chesterfield Township, which boasts a millage rate of 8.1536 mils to cover police and fire departments that staff roughly 50 fewer sworn officers and firefighters than the Shelby Township departments.
“I am very proud of the return we provide to our taxpayers through our Township’s dedicated public safety professionals as well as the multitude of services the Township provides at a reasonable cost,” Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “The fact that we can keep services high and taxes reasonable speaks to the job our Board and employees have done to make the most of every penny collected.”
Shelby Township Parks and Recreation expands, reduces costs
Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Director Joe Youngblood's department reduced annual costs by more than $400,000 while adding more programs in youth sports, expanding the parks system and maintaining the township’s stellar facilities.
“With our employees buying in and implementing the plan, we’ve realized an $856,026 return on the $15,000 investment the township made in the PRM Nottley Report,” Youngblood said. “And by streamlining our staff, we actually offer more programs like, our new lacrosse leagues, enhanced others, such as adding a second baseball season to accommodate more than 1,000 players, and expanded our infrastructure.”
That expanded infrastructure includes the new Chief Gene Shepherd Park, new dugouts at Lombardo and Woodall parks, new state-of-the-art basketball courts at Mae Stecker Park and more than eight miles of new hike and bike trails in River Bends Park.--Visit the Shelby Township Parks and Recreation website
Shelby Township credit rating set at AA+, economy, management rated, ‘strong’
Standard & Poor’s Rating Service gave Shelby Township an AA+ rating based on the Township’s “very strong budgetary flexibility,” under management viewed as “strong with good financial practices.”
Standard & Poor’s, widely renowned as the global leader in independent credit rating for businesses and municipalities, gave the Township its second-highest possible rating. Among the factors contributing to the rating was a 4.9 percent market value increase to $6.27 billion in 2014 bolstered by expectations from Macomb County that the number will continue to grow with the Township’s housing market’s further recovery.
“Everyone who lives and does business in Shelby Township knows what an amazing place it is and that many of the reasons why cannot be quantified in dollars and cents,” Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “What this rating from Standard & Poor’s tells us, though, is that the values that can be quantified, like market value, borrowing ability and budgetary flexibility, are just as strong.
“I could not be more proud that the sound, fiscally-responsible leadership by the conservative majority of our Board of Trustees is being recognized in a way that ensures the Township is on secure financial ground with the kind of flexible, financial capability necessary in today’s economic environment.”
21st Century Education
Local public schools operated by the Utica Community Schools district are among the top in the region, with 11 sites within the borders of Shelby Township. Utica Community Schools, one of Michigan’s leading school districts, serves Shelby Township families with 14 learning sites offering students world-class preparation for college and career success.
UCS students at all grade levels regularly outpace their county and state peers in achievement. In addition to comprehensive, technology-based learning in grades K-12, UCS offers secondary students a multitude of Advanced Placement courses and specialized programs that include Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology; Utica Center for Science
and Industry and Utica Academy for International Studies, which was recently named Michigan’s most challenging high school program by The Washington Post.