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File #: 18-1149    Version: 1 Name: 7/2/18 - Explanatory Ballot Caption for Center of City
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/2/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/2/2018 Final action: 7/2/2018
Enactment date: 7/2/2018 Enactment #: R-18-277
Title: Resolution to Approve the Explanatory Caption to the Ballot Question Concerning the Center of the City Charter Amendment and to Authorize Submission to the Governor and Attorney General for Approval for the November 6, 2018 Ballot
Sponsors: Christopher Taylor, Kirk Westphal, Julie Grand

Title

Resolution to Approve the Explanatory Caption to the Ballot Question Concerning the Center of the City Charter Amendment and to Authorize Submission to the Governor and Attorney General for Approval for the November 6, 2018 Ballot

Staff

Prepared by:  Matthew Thomas, Associate City Attorney

Sponsors:  Mayor Taylor and Councilmembers Westphal and Grand

Body

Whereas, Certain Ann Arbor electors circulated, signed, and delivered to the City Clerk petitions to place on the ballot at the November 6, 2018 general election the following question: “Shall the City-owned public land bounded by Fifth Ave, and William, Division and Liberty Streets be retained in public ownership, in perpetuity, and developed as an urban park and civic center commons, known as the “Center of the City” by adding a new section for the purpose as explained above?”;

 

Whereas, The City Clerk has canvassed the petition and has certified the sufficiency of the number of signatures in the petition;

 

Whereas, Section 21(2) of the Michigan Home Rule City Act, MCL 117.21(2), allows the City Council to add an explanatory caption to the ballot question.

 

RESOLVED, The following Explanatory Caption shall be added to the ballot question concerning the Center of the City Charter Amendment which will be on the ballot at the November 6, 2018 general election:

 

The following information has been provided by the Ann Arbor City Council regarding the proposed charter amendment:

 

1.                     A buyer has agreed to purchase the surface and air rights above the Library Lane Garage to build a mixed-use development including retail, office space, a hotel, residential units, and a 12,000 square-foot public plaza.  If closing is completed, the purchase price will be $10,000,000.  Fifty percent (50%) of the net proceeds will go into the City of Ann Arbor’s Affordable Housing Fund.  The other fifty percent (50%) of net proceeds will go towards paying off the debt incurred in the 2018 purchase of the Y-Lot.  The Charter Amendment does not provide funds for affordable housing or debt repayment.

 

2.                     The contemplated mixed-use building on top of the Library Lane Garage is estimated to generate $2,300,000 per year in property taxes with $536,000 per year going directly to the City.

 

3.                     In 2013, the Parks Advisory Commission (PAC) evaluated the use of City land for downtown parks.  The PAC-adopted report states: “Existing downtown parks are not currently utilized to their potential. Given the limits of current parks funding, the development of new parks should not be approved without an identified funding source for capital development, ongoing maintenance, and programming.”

 

4.                     The Charter Amendment does not provide a funding source for the development, maintenance, or programming of a park and commons.

 

; and

 

RESOLVED, That the City Clerk submit this Resolution to the Governor and the Attorney General and take all necessary or advisable actions in connection with this proposed Charter Amendment for placement on the November 6, 2018 ballot.