In Royal Oak, a $4.7 million shortfall for the July 2011 budget will put additional strain on already devastating first-responder cuts. Now, city officials are considering asking residents to pay an additional 4.5 to 5.5 mills to bring back 12 police officers and two firefighters.
The city only has $5.3 million in the rainy day account, having spent $4.5 in savings to balance the budget.
Northeast Royal Oak recently lost its dedicated ambulance at Station No. 3 on Rochester Road due to layoffs, leaving two ambulances for the city. Eight first responders positions were closed last month, and Royal Oak is down 24 firefighters in five years. Royal Oak has let go of 20 workers this year.
The Building Department terminated jobs for five employees last month, and a city attorney was also released this year.
Catherine Kavanaugh, “Royal Oak needs 5.5 mills to bring back laid-off public safety workers” Daily Tribune
Catherine Kavanaugh, “Layoffs hit 11 first responders in Royal Oak” Daily Tribune