2011 Dearborn Election Guide
Everything you need to know to be an informed voter this November in Dearborn.
You already know it's important to get out and vote on Nov. 8. But equally important is knowing what you're voting on, and whom you're voting for. Here's what you need to know when you head to the polls.
Proposal 1: Operating Millage
The City of Dearborn has cut 35 percent of its non-Police and Fire workforce and reduced spending by $12 million annually. Lower tax revenues will require more reductions and impact services and programs further. An additional 5-year millage will allow Dearborn to maintain core services while permanently reducing operating costs.
Shall Section 13.2 of the Dearborn City Charter be amended to temporarily allow the City to levy an additional ad valorem tax up to $3.50 per $1,000 in taxable value (3.5 mills) which will raise approximately $12,250,000 in the first year it is levied, for no more than five years?
Proposal 2: Library Millage
State law allows citizens to authorize that 1 mill be dedicated to offset the costs of providing library services. Due to declining revenues, library services have been reduced. Additional revenues will be used to support greater technology so that the City of Dearborn can provide effective and efficient access to informational, developmental, and entertainment-oriented materials in order to meet current and future user demands.
Shall the City of Dearborn in accordance with state law MCL 397.201 levy an additional ad valorem tax in an amount not to exceed $1 per $1,000 in taxable value which equals 1 mill, or approximately $3,500,00 in the first year it is levied, for no more than 10 years dedicated to fund the ongoing operational and capital costs of a library system?
Proposal 3: Elimination of the Civil Service System
The Civil Service System as defined in Chapter 11 of the Dearborn City Charter was created before city employees formed eight different labor unions to represent them in negotiating contracts covering ages, benefits, and work rules. The provisions in these contracts take preceence over Civil Service policies. Dearborn is one of a few Michigan cities that still has a Civil Service System. If necessary, the City Council could create a Human Resources Commission by ordinance to oversee any employment issues for city employees.
Shall the Dearborn City Charter be amended to eliminate the Civil Service System by repealing Chapter 11?
The City of Dearborn has published detailed information, including frequently asked questions, about the two millage proposals. Find out what you need to know on the City of Dearborn website.
Lawn signs are available in support of the Dearborn Public Library millage. Find out how to get yours, and how to contribute to the campaign by contacting the Library Ballot Committee. Also, read two Letters to the Editor on Proposal 2:
- A plea for support from Steven Roberts of the Library Ballot Committee and Dearborn Public Library Foundation.
- A reminder of all the library system gives to Dearborn residents, written by Library Commissioner Candyce Abbatt.
The Civil Service System ballot question has caused much debate among city employees and citizens alike. Here's what you need to know:
- Find out more information on the two sides of the issues.
- Read about the lawsuit currently pending that seeks to stop the question from reaching the ballot. The case has been moved to federal court, but will only move forward if Proposal 3 passes.
- Join the fight started by citizens against the elimination of the Civil Service System.
Dearborn Board of Education Candidates
Stephen Dobkowski Jr.: This lifelong resident of Dearborn is a former Dearborn City Charter Commissioner, business owner and former teacher. He says his biggest hope is to find new funding streams for the schools, and to increase adult education prorams.
Joseph Guido: A Dearborn architect, Guido has been on the Board of Education since 1993, and is the longest serving trustee currently on the board. He wants to continue his legacy, and help the district through a difficult financial time.
Roxanne McDonald: The current vice-president of the Dearborn PTSA, McDonald is running for her first term on the board. An avid protester of budget cuts to education, she says she hopes to reduce unnecessary spending and help solve the budget crisis by bringing a new voice to the table.
Mary Petlichkoff: A jill of all trades, Petlichkoff is not only a trustee of the Board of Education, but also a City Beautiful commissioner and the president of the Daerborn Federation of Neighborhood Associations. She also served as a Charter commissioner. Petlichkoff puts increasing student achievement and balancing the budget at the top of her to-do list.
Precinct Voting Locations
Precincts 1 and 2: McDonald Elementary School, 10151 Diversey
Precinct 3: St. Alphonsus Church, 7500 Schaefer Road
Precincts 4 and 5: Oakman Elementary School, 7545 Chase
Precinct 6: Becker Elementary School, 10821 Henson
Precinct 7: Lowrey Middle School, 6601 Jonathon
Precincts 8 and 9: Maples Elementary School, 6801 Mead
Precinct 10: Hubbard Manor East, 5500 Calhoun
Precincts 11 and 12: William Ford Elementary School, 14749 Alber
Precinct 13: Henry Ford Village, 15101 Ford Road
Precinct 14: Kennedy Plaza, 5111 Bingham
Precincts 15 and 16: Woodworth Middle School, 4951 Ternes
Precinct 17: Henry Ford Elementary School, 16140 Driscoll
Precinct 18: Miller Elementary School, 4824 Lois
Precinct 19: Dearborn City Hall, 13615 Michigan Ave.
Precincts 20 and 21: Salina School, 2700 Ferney
Precincts 22 and 23: St. Joseph Parish Hall, 16101 Rotunda Drive
Precinct 24: Sisson Manor, 1515 Mason
Precincts 25 and 26: Snow Elementary School, 2000 Culver
Precinct 27: DPS Administrative Services Center, 18700 Audette
Precinct 28: Edsel Ford High School, 20601 Rotunda Drive
Precincts 29 and 30: Whitmore-Bolles Elementary School, 21501 Whitmore
Precincts 31 and 32: Bryant Branch Library, 22100 Michigan Ave.
Precincts 33 and 34: Howard Elementary School, 1611 N. York
Precincts 35 and 36: Lindbergh Elementary School, 500 N. Waverly
Precincts 37 and 38: Bryant Middle School, 460 N. Vernon
Precinct 39: Divine Child Elementary School, 25001 Herbert Weier Drive
Precincts 40 and 41: Haigh Elementary School, 601 N. Silvery Lane
Precincts 42 and 43: Dearborn High School, 19501 Outer Drive
Precinct 44: DuVall Elementary School, 22561 Beech
Precinct 45: Dearborn Christian Fellowship, 21360 Donaldson
Precinct 46: O.L. Smith Middle School, 23851 Yale
Precincts 47 and 48: Nowlin Elementary School, 23600 Penn
Precincts 49 and 50: Long Elementary School, 3100 Westwood
Polls are open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Absentee ballots can be obtained from the City Clerk's office at Dearborn City Hall, or on the City of Dearborn website.
Visit the Wayne County Elections Division website for more information about candidates and ballot proposals, as well as steps for registering as a voter, or changing your address or other information in future elections. Or, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center, where voters can also find out which precinct their home is in.
Watch the Candidate's Forum, hosted Oct. 4 by the League of Women Voters of Dearborn-Dearborn Heights, on City of Dearborn Television. Click here for showtimes and more information.