Burton mayor vetoes plan to roll back taxes - WNEM TV 5

Burton mayor vetoes plan to roll back taxes

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BURTON, MI (WNEM) -

A fight is brewing over taxes in the city of Burton. But this fight is not over a tax increase but over a millage reduction passed on Monday, June 20th and vetoed today by Burton mayor Paula Zelenko.

In what he is calling an open letter to Burton residents, Councilman Vaughn Smith laid out the case for why the city council approve the measure that reduced the general millage in the city by nearly 1 mil.

Smith stated that "The purpose of that reduction is a direct result of the passage of the 6.5 mil police millage which has allowed the city to continue to provide top notch services with less then the associated costs without jeopardizing our financial position."

But, in a letter city to the city clerk today notifying her of the veto, Zelenko stated that millage reduction would result in the loss of approximately $400,000 in the general fund.

The mayor wrote, "This action to cut general operating revenue is counter to the repeated claims by the same council members that the city does not have the revenue to maintain staffing levels to support demands for expanding city services, can't afford to give employees raises and must cut  health care benefits. It does not make financial sense."

Smith's open letter stated that residents would get the opportunity to hear from both the mayor and city council at a special meeting at Burton City Hall on Wednesday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m..

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