In 2014, Royal Oak voters approved a 10-year, 2.5-mill tax increase to upgrade local streets. The millage will raise approximately $5 million annually to improve up to 214 miles of local streets in the city. Millage funds are not used for road improvements on major roads.
An alphabetical listing of the streets to be improved is available, which includes the scheduled year of construction and type of improvement project for each street. There are also city maps that show the general work area for each type of project each year. Please note that the schedule is subject to change based on coordination with other projects.
Unimproved streets (i.e. gravel, chip seal, seal coat, etc.) are not scheduled for paving as part of the road millage, except by special assessment to the adjacent property owners. The City Commission has adopted a policy to pay for 50% of the full frontage rate of special assessment paving approved during the millage period. In addition, the city will also cover 75% of the full frontage rate for the first 150 feet of side-lot frontage on an unimproved street. Click here to learn more about special assessment paving.
Major road improvements are primarily funded using Act 51 monies, which are collected by the State of Michigan from vehicle registration fees and tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. Act 51 monies fund many annual maintenance programs including road construction and rehabilitation, snow plowing and salting, sweeping and cleaning, and storm sewer maintenance. Property taxes are not used to improve or repair major roads in Royal Oak.
The city has been fortunate to obtain regular federal grant awards to repair or improve major roadways such as Main Street, S. Washington Avenue and Campbell Road. Typically, one major road project is scheduled each year, provided the funds are available.