Water Street Debt Millage

The City is proposing a millage on the August 2, 2016 ballot to fund Water Street debt payments.  

To learn more background about the Water Street Development Area and how the City has managed the debt, please review the Water Street Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions.

If you would like to provide helpful feedback to the City, feel free to take the Water Street Survey.

What else has the City done to cut costs/raise revenue? The City has implemented many efforts, including, but not limited to:

General Budget


Conversion of LED Streetlights


Converted Retirees to Medicare Advantage


Restructured 15 officer positions (net savings of $19,000 per officer/ per year for the first 3 years)


Restructured 7 firefighter positions (net savings of $20,000 per firefighter/per year for the first 3 years)


New Trash Contract  (5 years)


Reduced Police/Fire Overtime


Converted Interior City Facility Lighting to LED

$ 25,000/yr

General Budget


Streetlight Special Assessment (2 years)


Sale of Surplus City Equipment


Safer Grant – Fire Personnel (2 years)


Sale of First Water Street Property


Sale of Historic House


Private Donations for the Heritage Bridge Project


For more detailed information on the Water Street Development Area, visit www.cityofypsilanti.com/WaterStreet