For decades, Riverview has relied on revenue from its landfill to help pay for police service, but those days are quickly coming to an end.
Although there are still many steps along the way, city officials are in the process of scheduling a public hearing and eventual ballot proposal that will ask residents to consider the establishment of a Public Act 33 Police Protection Public Safety Special Assessment District.
The special assessment to pay for police protection was the main subject of discussion at a City Council special meeting held June 26 in the council’s conference room.
According to the Deficit Elimination Plan filed by the city on Feb. 7 and approved by the Michigan Department of Treasury on Feb. 23, revenue transfers from the Riverview Land Preserve to the city’s general fund will be reduced and eventually eliminated.
City Manager Jeffrey Dobek told the council that doing nothing is not an option.
“Doing nothing would deplete the general fund completely within…