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Did you know the parks system is funded by a millage that has never increased since 1966? On Nov. 3, 2020, residents will be asked to vote on a millage replacement and increase to .35 mills to improve, operate and maintain parks, open spaces, trails and recreation activities in Oakland County. 

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Vote Nov. 3, 2020: Oakland County Parks and Recreation Millage Replacement

Details at www.OaklandCountyParks.com

General Message

Oakland County Parks and Recreation has been funded by a millage that has never increased since 1966. The current .2310 millage rate is set to expire Dec. 31, 2021. On Nov. 3, 2020, residents will be asked to vote on a millage replacement and increase to .35 mills to improve, operate and maintain parks, open spaces, trails and recreation activities in Oakland County. Learn more online at OCPR 2020 Millage

Why increase? Reinvest in existing assets

When the .25 millage rate was established back in 1966, the parks system consisted of one park with 190 acres. With today's 7,000 acres, 13 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails and various facilities, the current level of funding is inadequate for maintaining existing assets and providing quality recreation experiences residents expect.  Learn more online at OCPR 2020 Millage

Why Increase? Protect Oakland County Resources

Oakland County Parks provide safe places for people to hike, walk, bike and unwind in nature. Environmental stewardship and collaboration with local conservation partners safeguard wildlife habitats throughout Oakland County.  Increased funding will allow opportunities to expand trails and increase environmental conservation efforts across the 910 square miles of Oakland County. 

Why increase? Access

If voters approve the Oakland County Parks and Recreation millage replacement on Nov. 3, it will allow OCPR to offer free annual vehicle permits to Oakland County residents who are seniors (62 and older), active military, veterans, and residents with permanent disabilities.

Why increase? Community Outreach

Since 1982, Oakland County Parks and Recreation has used a portion of millage funding to bring the best recreational opportunities to all citizens of Oakland County with mobile recreation through the Recreation Assistance Partnership Program (RAPP). On Nov. 3, residents will be asked to vote on an Oakland County Parks and Recreation millage replacement, which will help increase outreach programs, RAPP visits, community collaborations and special event opportunities. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3n4cN48.

Why increase? Countywide Conservation

If voters approve the Oakland County Parks and Recreation millage replacement on Nov. 3, we will have the opportunity to increase natural resources and open space stewardship, and promote conservation efforts countywide. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3kHZzIg.

Why Increase? Trails

We're proud of our nearly 80 miles of paved and natural trails for walking, jogging, skating, biking and equestrian riding. If approved by Oakland County residents on Nov. 3, our millage replacement and increase will provide the opportunity to continue to improve and expand trails. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2HfaeMj.

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Did you know Oakland County Parks and Recreation is funded by a millage?  The parks system has welcomed visitors since 1966 and never increased its millage rate. 

The current .2310 millage rate is set to expire Dec. 31, 2021.  On Nov. 3, 2020, residents will be asked to vote on a millage replacement and increase to .35 mills to improve, operate, and maintain parks, open space and water areas, trails and recreation activities.  The .35 rate will cost the owner of a home or business valued at $200,000 (taxable value of $100,000) approximately $35/year.

If approved, this new millage funding will:

  • Allow OCPR to offer free annual vehicle permits to Oakland County residents who are seniors (62 and older), active military, veterans, and residents with permanent disabilities
  • Refresh parks system assets to meet current and future needs
  • Expand trails throughout Oakland County
  • Enhance outreach and support of local recreation programs
  • Increase environmental conservation efforts across the 910 square miles of Oakland County to protect important natural habitats

Learn more on our website, OaklandCountyParks.com or by following us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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We are available to send a representative to virtual group meetings of 10 individuals or more in Oakland County whether a government/board meeting, community group, club or other organization seeking information on Oakland County Parks and Recreation or the upcoming November 3 ballot question. If you have questions or need additional information, please email ocparks@oakgov.com or call us at 248-858-0906.