Thursday, April 29, 2021

Mayor opts not to seek reelection in November

Mayor LeRoy Burcroff
There will be no primary election necessary in the City of Romulus although voters will have several choices to make on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot.

Current Mayor LeRoy Burcroff has opted not to seek reelection. Seeking the top job in the city will be two familiar candidates, former Mayor Alan Lambert and current Romulus Director of Public Services Robert McCraight.

Long-time City Clerk Ellen Craig-Bragg will be unopposed as will incumbent Treasurer Stacy Paige.

Seeking terms on the seven-member city council will be incumbents Kathy Abdo; John Barden; Celeste Roscoe; Tina Talley; Eva Webb; William Wadsworth and Virginia Williams.

The incumbents will be challenged by Shakeel Ahmed; former Councilman Harry J. Crout; Dwight Helms; Allen Wilson and David Hotz. 

Candidates had until Tuesday to withdraw from the election.

Voters will be asked to go to the polls May 4, however, to determine the question of an operating millage proposal from the Romulus Community Schools.

District officials are asking voters to approve the renewal of a 17.6836 millage rate, which is $17.6836 for each $1,000 of taxable valuation of property for the term of 10 years. The renewal would be effective from 2022 until 2031, inclusive, if voters approve the question. 

School officials said the millage would be used for operating the district. The estimate of the revenue the district would collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2022 in approximately $10,230,000. This millage is a renewal of a millage that will expired with the 2021 levy and would restore the millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Headlee amendment. District officials said the amount would be levied "only to the extent necessary to restore the reduction necessitated by the Headlee amendment."

A full text of the ballot proposition is available at the Romulus City Clerk's Office, 11111Wayne Road.