Under the legislature’s new rules, a city’s ability to meet its responsibility to provide services cannot be limited, even by a referendum.
To protect the city and attempt to honor the city’s founding concepts, city leaders are proposing a local ordinance to address the concerns. According to Mason, “We are proposing to adopt a local ordinance that would cap the millage rate at 1 mill and require a referendum should city council ever want to raise the millage above the 1 mill cap. In our current charter, only the legislature can increase the millage cap. Now, it will be in your hands.”