Voters in four Michigan cities approved property-tax increases yesterday that are aimed at benefiting police and fire departments. The votes took place in Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Ferndale, and Southfield, says the Detroit Free Press.
Southfield’s increase was approved 8,960-1,804. Police Chief Joseph Thomas Jr said: “The city of Southfield has sent us a strong message: ‘We trust and we like your service.’ ” Ferndale’s was approved by fewer than 200 votes. Madison Heights voted 1,513-1,261 for an increase that would increase taxes $118 on a home with a taxable value of $100,000. Hazel Park’s vote was 1,787-586 for a plan to raise taxes $980 for the owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000.