Ypsilanti City Council has voted unanimously to have the city Assessor create a tax roll for the city-wide Streetlight Special Assessment District, and to file the roll for public examination.
The cost of replacing streetlights with more efficient LEDs will be covered by the $58 every parcel of city land would pay each year for two years. That's a big change from the original proposal, which had residents paying for the replacement and operation of the lights for the next 18-years.
Residents voiced their objections to the Ypsilanti's plan to charge land owners a fee to replace the some of the city's street lights with new LED models at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Under the proposal, each parcel of land was to be charged a $98 fee for the first year, with the fee steadily declining over the following years to around $70 by 2031. AnnArbor.com says council amended the proposal so that residents would not have to pay to power the streetlights during that period, and instead would pay about $58 a year for just two years.
The most commonly-voiced objections to the plan included its cost, the perceived value attained from the switch, and having to pay an additional fee for something that has previously been payed for by property taxes.
Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange says the city has worked hard to make the project as affordable as possible.
The cost over converting older, less efficient streetlights to LED's over the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years is estimated at over $555,000. Converting the lights is expected to save the city over $100,000 a year.
Public discussion about the street lights will continue at the at the next council meeting, scheduled for August 20.