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Canton updates 5/11

Posted by on May. 11, 2007 at 2:18 PM
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Supervisor's Update

New housing permits decline…New home housing permits declined in 2006 to their lowest levels in 30 years. In 2004, Canton ranked second in number of permits (1,067). In 2005 the number was 805, and last year it was 223 (9th in the five-county area). Totals for 2006 include 104 single-family homes and 119 condominiums. The five-county leader in new construction was Warren (348), followed by Shelby Twp. (335) and Detroit (278). So far this year, new home permits are currently running approximately 40% less than last year.

Canton lags in recycling…The 2006 recycling results indicate that Canton residents recycle just 4.6% of the waste (38,500 tons) collected in Canton. Harper Woods leads Wayne County with a recycling rate of 35.8%, Grosse Pointe Park was second with 32.8%, Livonia collected 17.4% and Plymouth Township recycled 14.5%.

Lansing still in state of confusion…It is expected that the beginning of June will usher in a budget agreement between the House of Representatives, Senate and Governor. The State is nearing the end of its fiscal year (end of September) approximately $900 million short. By law, the State must balance their budget. There have been many ideas “floated,” including the new ideas of a flat tax (9.5% sales tax) and an increase in state withholding to 4.6%. It is likely whatever agreement is reached it will not be cutting-edge. It appears that there is a growing consensus of legislators who would support a restructuring of corporate and business taxes. One feature of the new plan will likely include the elimination of some of the personal property obligation a company must now face. In terms of local government, the perfect storm would be for the final package to include the Senate Republicans’ 9.5% reduction in revenue sharing (as much as $500,000) and the House Democrats’ solid waste tax ($250,000). It is essential that the State determine its taxation policy in the near future. The business tax uncertainty is making it impossible for companies to evaluate doing business in Michigan vs. other states.

I-275 Ford Road improvements made a priority…Representative Thad McCotter has identified engineering for improvements to ramps at I-275 and Ford as a priority in the 2008 federal highway administration’s budget. If the project receives funds, engineering plans would be developed for a “slip exit” from the southbound ramp. The slip exit would permit traffic to proceed directly west to Haggerty Road. This improvement, along with a number of others, was identified in the Western Wayne Transportation Study. Even if all goes well, it would be many years before the improvement was completed.

Overall tax burden and Canton’s share…An analysis of the average Canton taxpayers overall taxes show that 43% of all taxes paid are federal income tax, Social Security is second at 21%, followed by other Canton property taxes at 13%, State income tax at 13%, Medicare tax accounts for 5%, Police and Fire millage 4% and Canton’s general operating millage at 1%. The analysis does not include State sales tax collections. Canton overall millage rate is the lowest since 1978.

Sheldon and Lilley in poor repair…I have received a number of calls concerning the poor condition of Sheldon and Lilley roads. Both roads, north of Ford, are regarded as county primary roads. As such, they qualify for road improvement funds (on a competitive basis). Therefore, Lilley, north of Ford (to Warren), will be improved this year. Unfortunately, south of Ford, both Sheldon and Lilley Roads are designated local roads. As such, the county receives very limited funds for their improvement. Currently, both roads near Palmer are in very bad condition, showing signs of extensive wear and tear. If these roads, like many other roads in Canton, are to be repaired and or improved, Canton will have to pay for the improvements. Adding to this is the fact that the county is considering adding scores of Wayne County roads to the primary system. This change would mean more road miles would qualify for the same limited funds. Therefore, even if both Sheldon and Lilley Roads were designated primary roads it would be unlikely that either road would see improvement from the county for many years.

Latest development projects…Currently the Planning Division is reviewing plans for a credit union to be located directly south of the Farmer Jack at Cherry Hill and Canton Center. The building would be constructed along Canton Center. A second office building would also be built behind the credit union. Gordon Food Service’s building at Lotz and Ford is currently under review. Wal-Mart (Canton Center and Michigan) will go before the Planning Commission in June. Rite Aid (Cherry Hill Village) will go before the Planning Commission in the next few months. There are a number of large and small projects under construction, they include: the large shopping center at Beck and Michigan, the Goddard School (south of Warren on Canton Center), Borders (Ford and Morton Taylor), Cherry Park Condominiums in Cherry Hill Village, and a retail center at Lilley and Cherry Hill, JCPenney near Lowe’s on Ford Road. Projects expected to begin this summer include; CVS at the corner of Cherry Hill and Canton Center and an office building in Cherry Hill Village.

Upcoming Events…Relay for Life in Heritage Park, May 19-20. Canton Soccer Club will be hosting over 500 teams over the Memorial Day weekend. Liberty Fest Parade will include the U.S. Army Band, floats, bands and community groups. The Parade route will be along Ford Road from Super Bowl to Lilley Road. Liberty Fest will return to Heritage Park with the area’s best fireworks. Watch for details in an upcoming issue of the Focus Newsletter.

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