Voters in the City of Farmington and Farmington Hills must decide whether to put the SMART bus millage on the ballot in January. The vote will take place January 11 at the Farmington Hills City Council Meeting. Once the initiative passes and gets placed on the ballot, residents will decide to keep SMART buses running in the August election. Currently, three routes run through the City and there is a very busy hub at the OCC campus at Orchard Ridge where commuters park and then ride downtown.
While many communities are tightening their belts and vying for additional tax dollars through various millage initiatives, the bus vote is critical to the continuation of services, especially in Oakland County. Residents are currently taxed .59 mils for service, which averages out to be almost $100 per year per residence. Some City Council members made the initiative part of their New Year's resolutions.