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2012 Millage Proposal

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1. What will the ballot proposal look like?
2. In everyday language, what does the Dedicated Millage Proposal for Municipal Operating Purposes including Police and Fire, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation mean?
3. What does this mean to my pocketbook?
4. What has the City done in response to the decline in revenue?
5. What will happen if the ballot question is not passed?
6. What will the money be used for?
7. Why is the City asking for this increase?
8. What will the Dedicated Millage Proposal cost each property owner?
9. Before increasing taxes, what has the City done to reduce operating costs?
10. How did the City Leaders conclude that a millage increase was the best option?
11. What services may be eliminated if the Dedicated Millage Proposal for Municipal Operating purposes, including Police and Fire, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation does not pass?
12. What is the City’s projected financial trend?
13. How do property tax rates in Wixom compare to other cities?
14. Will there be an opportunity for voters to learn more and express their opinions about this Dedicated Millage proposal?

Applications and Licenses

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1. Do you offer notary services?
2. License - What do I need to get my dog license? Do I have to get a new one every year? How many dogs am I allowed in the City? Do I have to license my cat?
3. How do I get a license for my dog?
4. Do I need to get a license for my cat?
5. Do I need a permit for a backyard party or a block party?
6. How do I get a license to sell products or services?
7. Do I need a permit for a garage sale?
8. Does the City prepare, store and copy birth and death certificates?
9. How do I obtain birth/death records, a deed?

Assessing

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1. When can I appeal my property assessment?
2. What is my recourse if I disagree with the decision of the Board of Review?
3. May I file a written protest without personal appearance?
4. Does the Board of Review have the authority to increase an assessment or tentative taxable value?
5. Assessing terms -What do the terms Assessed Value, State Equalized Value and Taxable Values mean on my notice of Assessment?
6. I've lived in my property for the past five years. Why did my current taxable value increase more than the inflation rate?
7. How can I find out tax and property data for my property and other properties in the City?
8. If I put an addition on my house, how much will my taxes go up?
9. Does the City have a copy of our property survey?
10. What is a sidwell number?
11. I purchased a property in the City of Wixom. Do I have to file a Property Transfer Affidavit?
12. What can I expect to happen to my taxes when I purchase a different property?
13. What is a conditional rescission?
14. How long is a conditional rescission effective?
15. How do I apply for a conditional rescission?
16. If a property is available for lease but is not for sale, does it qualify for a conditional rescission?
17. If I move to another state, can I qualify for a PRE under a conditional rescission?
18. If I leased my home for a period of time after it was no longer my principal residence but now it is not occupied, is for sale, is not leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purposes,
19. My prior principal residence which I still own, is for sale, is not occupied, is not leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose and has been this way for all of 2006 and 2007.
20. Do the Request to Rescind Principal Residence Exemption (Form 2602) and Form 4640 both need to be filed?
21. Can the estate of an owner qualify for a PRE under a conditional rescission?
22. What is Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Active Duty Military Affidavit?

Birth, Death, Marriage Records and Licenses/Permits

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1. Do I need a permit for a garage sale?
2. How do I obtain birth/death records, a deed?
3. Does the City prepare, store and copy birth and death certificates?

Building, Planning and Zoning

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1. Is the City's Code of Ordinances available on the City's website?
2. Can I change the zoning designation of my property?
3. What are setbacks?
4. What businesses can I operate on my property?
5. Permit - When do I need an Electrical Permit? Some examples listed below.
6. Permit - When do I need a Plumbing Permit? Some examples listed below:
7. Permit - What type of work requires building permits?
8. Permit - When do I need a Heating/Cooling Permit? Some examples listed below.
9. I want to put up a fence. What should I do? Does the erection of a fence require a permit?
10. Can I store a recreational vehicle or boat at my house?
11. I want to hold a garage sale/open house. Where can I put my signs?
12. How does a business get a temporary sign permit?
13. What laws are there governing temporary signs?
14. My neighbor has junk/junk cars all over his/her property. What can I do?
15. How big of a shed or garage can I build?
16. I did work without the required permits. Now I want to sell my house but the real estate report indicates I must disclose this information. What are my options?
17. How do I make a complaint about the appearance of or conduct at a property in my neighborhood?
18. How do I find out what the zoning is on my property? How is my property zoned?
19. Am I allowed to keep my camper or boat at my house?
20. The house next door has really tall grass and weeds. What can be done?
21. My neighbor's tree hangs over my yard. What can I do?
22. How can I get a copy of the Planning Commission agenda?
23. Do I need a tree permit to remove dead trees?
24. How do I get a tree permit if I want to take down a tree at my house?
25. Are there other items for which I need a permit?
26. Can the City recommend a contractor?
27. When are inspectors available for questions?
28. How do I schedule a building, mechanical, electrical, and/or plumbing inspection?
29. Permit - Do I need a permit to install a furnace?
30. Permit - Is there a limitation on the amount of paved surface in the front yard of a home?
31. Permit - Does the City limit where my home may be placed on my lot?
32. What is the role of the Board of Zoning Appeals and when does the Board meet?
33. Does the City enforce deed restrictions?
34. What regulations apply to swimming pools and spas?
35. Are there specifications for garages and other outbuildings?
36. Do I need a permit to pave/repave a driveway?
37. Do I need a permit to install an air conditioner on my property?
38. What can I do when water ponds in my yard after it rains?
39. What inspections or approvals are required to obtain a Final Certificate of Occupancy?
40. Home Questions - What can I do about my neighbor’s sump pump discharging onto my property?
41. What do I need to to to obtain a food or restaurant license?

Cemetery

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1. How may a person purchase a grave in the Wixom Cemetery?
2. Who do we contact – Cemetery Board? What are their responsibilities?
3. Who is the sexton and his/hers responsibility?
4. Burial Arrangements
5. Who was buried in the cemetery first and what was the date?
6. Do we have a Internment List?
7. Who do I contact regarding maintenence at the cemetery?

City Clerk

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1. Can I request public records from the City?
2. What do I need to do to run for City Council?
3. Where is the Chamber of Commerce? What is the telephone number?
4. License - What do I need to get my dog license? Do I have to get a new one every year? How many dogs am I allowed in the City? Do I have to license my cat?
5. Who are the elected county, state, and federal officials who represent the people of Wixom? What are their telephone numbers?
6. Do I need a permit for a backyard party or a block party?
7. Who are my State Representative, State Senator and Representative in Congress? What are their addresses and phone numbers?
8. What is the deadline for obtaining an absentee ballot?
9. What is the deadline for a citizen to register to vote?
10. How do I get a license to sell products or services?
11. How can I obtain copies of City Council minutes and other records?
12. How do I get a license for my dog?
13. Where can I see a list of Board and Commission members and meetings?
14. Does the City prepare, store and copy birth and death certificates?
15. Do you offer notary services?
16. How do I apply for a job with the City of Wixom?
17. Where do I vote?
18. Do I need to get a license for my cat?
19. What if I'm already registered to vote in another community?
20. What if I've moved within Wixom or have changed my name?
21. Who do I contact for information on low income housing
22. How do I register to vote?
23. How do I obtain copies of City records?
24. How do I obtain birth/death records, a deed?
25. How can I be added to the City vendor list?
26. Where is the City Clerk’s Office?
27. Do I need a permit for a garage sale?
28. What are the borders of the City of Wixom?
29. Who are the elected officials of the City of Wixom
30. Who manages the operations of the City?

City Council

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1. Our Government - Can I attend a City Council meeting?
2. Our Government - When does City Council meet?
3. What form of government does Wixom have?
4. Who are the elected officials of the City of Wixom?
5. Our Government - Does the Mayor perform marriages?

City Manager

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1. I would like to speak with the City Manager. Do I need an appointment?
2. Who is the City Manager of Wixom?
3. Does the Mayor perform marriages? Who do I contact and what do I do?

Code Enforcement

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1. My neighbor has junk/junk cars all over his/her property. What can I do?
2. How do I make a complaint about the appearance of or conduct at a property in my neighborhood?
3. The house next door has really tall grass and weeds. What can be done?
4. There is a vacant, abandoned structure in our neighborhood which also is periodically occupied by transients. How can I have the structure & the associated conditions corrected?
5. There is a business being operated from a residence in our neighborhood, who do I call in order to have this investigated?
6. There is an abandoned vehicle left on the street, located down from my residence, who can I call in order to have the vehicle removed?

Community Development Block Grant

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1. What is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and what is it for?
2. What are the CDBG Goals for FY2010-2011?
3. What it Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Davis Bacon & Related Acts

Community Services

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1. Who is the cable carrier for Wixom and how do I contact them?
2. What are the procedures for obtaining assistance for my home?
3. We're new to Wixom - how do I find activities for my children?
4. What City parks are available? Are fees charged for the use of parks?
5. How will I be notified when a class or activitiy is canceled?

Cultural Center

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1. How do I rent the Community Center?

Finance

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1. Where are you located?
2. Where is the 24-hour depository for payments to the City?
3. How can I become a vendor for the City?
4. What is the procedure for obtaining a final bill from the City such as a water bill? How does the City handle final bills?

Fire Department

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1. What can I legally burn and when can I burn it?
2. What is your response time?
3. I would like to purchase a commercial outdoor fire pit from a local hardware store. Are they allowed?
4. I need my DBA (Doing Business As) license. What do I have to do and where do I go? Do you license businesses in the City?
5. How can I get a copy of a fire or ambulance report?
6. How often should I change my smoke detector batteries?
7. I need to make changes to my fire extinguishing system or my fire alarm system in my business. Do I need a permit?
8. Why does the Fire Department perform inspections on my business?
9. How should my address be posted on my house or business?
10. There is a fire hydrant in my front yard. Can I plant bushes or flowers around it?

GIS

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1. What is GIS?
2. How does GIS help me?
3. How do I contact RiversEdge
4. How can I get a map?
5. What are ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo?
6. What are the basic differences between ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo?
7. What are ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcScene, and ArcGlobe?
8. What is CivicSight GIS data viewer and query software.
9. What functionality is available with ArcView?
10. What services does RiversEdge offer?

Historical

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1. When did Wixom become a City?

Library

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1. How do I view what books are available at the Wixom Public Library?
2. What events are available for children at the Library?

Parks & Recreation

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1. How do I register for classes?
2. What classes and camps are currently available?
3. How do I rent the Wixom Community Center?
4. How do I rent a park pavilion or tent?
5. We're new to Wixom - how do I find activities for my children?
6. What City parks are available? Are fees charged for the use of parks?
7. What is Oakland County Parks and Recreations website?
8. Does Wixom have a trail system?
9. Does Wixom have a Farmers Market?
10. Wixom Youth Soccer Information

Police Department

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1. How do I get a copy of my driving record?
2. How do I get a copy of a report for a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Wixom?
3. If my keys are locked in my vehicle, can the Wixom Police open my vehicle for me?
4. Where is severe weather information available?
5. Who do I call when traffic signals are out and what is the number?
6. How can I get my handgun/rifle safety inspected?
7. Where is the Police Department located and what are their hours?
8. Where do I go to pay the fine for a traffic ticket?
9. Can I park my car on the street overnight?
10. How do I stop vendors from leaving flyers, papers at my mailbox/doorway?
11. What are the business hours of the Detective Bureau of the Police Department?
12. What is Wixom's curfew ordinance?
13. How do I request extra patrol or report suspicious activity?
14. How can I get copies of police reports?
15. How can my group schedule a presenter from the Police Department or schedule a police building tour?
16. I recently moved to Wixom, my handguns were registered at my old residence. Do I have to register them here?
17. How do I report a missing dog?
18. How do I report a traffic accident?
19. Can I store my firearms at the Police Department?
20. How do I contact the police for a non-emergency?

Public Works

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1. When will my street be cleaned?
2. I think my neighbor's tree is dangerous - what should I do?
3. When will my street get repaved?
4. The snowplow damaged my yard and mailbox. What do I do?
5. Who do I call if there is a broken tree limb or other hazardous material obstructing traffic?
6. How do we go about enclosing the ditch in front of our house?
7. Why are there flags/paint markings on my front lawn?
8. The tree in front of my house is dead, who do I call?
9. What are the snow plowing priorities?
10. When is leaf collection in my neighborhood?
11. Who do I call if I see somebody dumping things into the storm sewer system?
12. My neighbor got one of those City dumpsters for yard waste, how do I get one?
13. I heard that Wixom residents get free mulch and compost, is this true?

Solid Waste Collection

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1. How do I get a recycling bin?
2. My neighbors got a yardwaste dumpster from the City - how do I do that?
3. Where is the nearest recycling center?
4. I'm going on vacation. Can I put my garbage cans out early?
5. Who do I contact for trash pickup?
6. Does Wixom have Household Hazardous Waste Day?
7. Does the garbage contractor pick up Christmas trees?
8. What are the rules for garbage and recycling collection?
9. When is yard waste collection?
10. How do I know if garbage will be delayed due to a holiday?
11. Who do I call about my solid waste charges?

Stormwater

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1. What is a storm drain?
2. What does the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioners Office do?
3. What number do I call to report water pollution?
4. What is a county drain?
5. What is an illicit discharge?

Taxes

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1. Delinquent Transaction Fee ( Delinq Trans Fee ) was listed on my summer tax bill, what does it mean?
2. Can I defer payment of my summer property tax?
3. When do I have to pay the deferred summer taxes?
4. Can a corporation, LLC, or partnership defer summer taxes?
5. Who reviews and approves the tax deferment this summer?
6. Where do I file a summer property tax deferment form?
7. Can I get a summer tax deferment for all properties that I own?
8. What is included in total household income for the purposes of summer property tax deferment?
9. What type of property is eligible for property tax deferment?
10. Who defines the terms disabled, blind, paraplegic, hemiplegic, quadriplegic; or an eligible serviceperson, eligible veteran, or eligible widow or widower?
11. When are my taxes due?
12. I need a copy of a paid receipt. Where can I get one.
13. How can I verify if my taxes have been paid?
14. Where can I pay my taxes?
15. My tax bill contains special assessment amounts. What are these for?
16. I recently purchased my home and my taxes are higher than when the previous occupants owned the home. Why?
17. I am selling my home. Who will pay the taxes?
18. My tax statement is not showing my homestead exemption on my house. How can I correct this?
19. I received a tax statement for personal property but my business is no longer in the City of Wixom. Am I responsible for this statement?
20. When will I receive my tax bill and when are they due?
21. Is there a fee for a copy of my tax statement?
22. How can I access my property tax information when your department is not open or if I want general information on them?
23. If I am not able to pay my taxes by the due date what will happen?
24. My summer tax bill now includes Oakland County Operating tax. Why?
25. What type of payment options do you offer for paying my taxes?
26. My tax bill doesn’t indicate that a mortgage company will be paying my property taxes but my taxes are escrowed. What should I do?

Voting & Elections

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1. How do I register to vote?
2. What if I'm already registered to vote in another community?
3. What is the deadline for a citizen to register to vote?
4. Where do I vote?
5. What is the deadline for obtaining an absentee ballot?

Water and Sewer

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1. How to Protect your water system in cold weather?
2. What are the deadlines for paying water and sewer bills?
3. What is the number to call concerning after-hours water issues, waterline breaks, or sewer backups?
4. How should I water my lawn to avoid wasting water?
5. Where is the closest city water/sewer to my property?
6. How much will it cost to connect to city water?
7. How do you detect a leak in the water distribution piping system?
8. How do I get the water turned on? How do I get it shut off?
9. What are the different methods of payment for my water/sewer bill?
10. Why did my bill go up after my meter was replaced?

Watershed

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1. What is a watershed?
2. Where are watersheds found?
3. Which is my watershed?
4. How does a watershed function?
5. What is the role of a wetland in a watershed?
6. Why is watershed management important?
7. What are some of the solutions to address watershed problems?
8. What can I do to get involved in the watershed management process?

Wixom Seniors

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1. Do I have to be a member to participate?
2. How do I join the Wixom Seniors?
3. When do Senior Board Commission's Meetings take place?
4. Will programs be canceled during inclement weather?

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