Road millage and economic development were the main talking points in the region of Livonia, Michigan as the local mayor addressed the crowd at the State of the City.
The Mayor whose name is Jack Kirksey elaborated on how the 10 year plan will expire this upcoming year and it needs to be renewed on the ballot that will be coming out in the month of August. Mayor Kirksey also pointed out the economic summary of the region in Livonia in the past years and the plans for the upcoming future. The Mayor needed the road millage to be renewed in order for the roads to be funded for construction and reconstruction.
The details of the millage will need to be discussed further as the Mayor hopes to bring together the City Council of Livonia and conduct a Town Hall meeting with the community and the business owners. Ultimately, the millage is going to be extremely important to the region of Livonia as funds have been acquired and have assisted with repairing nearly 70 percent of the roads to pristine condition. The funds acquired from the millage also allows for more money to be brought in for further repairs as well.
The Mayor also elaborated on the bad news in regards to Livonia’s economic health. Due to the downturn of the economy, the value of the property in Livonia has declined dramatically. The average value of a home has dropped nearly 38 percent while commercial property has also declined as much as 35 percent. The budget for the city of Livonia has also declined by $5.5 million dollars as well. The positive aspects of the city of Livonia include a 4.1 percent unemployment rate and the property value of homes is expected to increase in about a decade.
Overall, economic development and road millage are going to become important factors as the city of Livonia moves forward.