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June 26, 2013 - Police budget

Oakland County Sheriff's Office Independence Substation Lt. Dirk Feneley and Budget Analyst Rick Yaeger presented the proposed 2014 Police Budget. Tax revenues for the department decreased $13,322 (0.3 percent) due to declining property values while operating and capital outlay costs increased $65,847 (1.53 percent).

The department's overall contribution to the fund balance decreased $79,500. Decreases in the budget included $10,500 (8.8 percent) less charged to Clarkston for police service, $16,000 (32 percent) decrease in interest and rents, $20,000 (80 percent) decrease in rebates and refunds and other small decreases.

Increases in the budget included a $12,000 (100 percent) increase in charges for services to Clarkston Community Schools and a $87,602 (2.2 percent) increase in fees to Oakland County. The final budget will be approved in October.

Special election

A special election is Aug. 6 regarding the Lake Orion Community Schools Improvement Bond.

Voters in the Lake Orion school district, which includes part of Independence Township, vote on propositions to borrow about $28.5 million as well as $4.5 million for projects including acquiring and installing technology, improving several buildings and athletic fields, and increasing security.

The proposals also include furnishing and refurnishing a variety of buildings and athletic fields.

Singing contest

Auditions for the 2013 Oakland County Fair Idol contest are July 9 and 11, 6-9 p.m. Finals for the contest are July 13, 12 p.m.

Prizes are $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third place. Singers ages 8 and up sing songs of their choice, up to three minutes, and free of profanity and immoral themes. Solos, duets and trios are welcome. Sing acapella, perform with an instrument or be accompanied an instrumential cd.

Entry fee $10, in addition to fair entry fee. Contact ssp5078@yahoo.com or call 248-634-8830.

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