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Ypsilanti Township approves millages, Whitmore Lake turns down bond proposal

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Voters in Ypsilanti Township approved four millages last night, most by wide margins. Three of the votes were to increase millage rates, while a fourth merely renewed an existing millage.

The three measures to increase rates passed by the largest margins, while the simple renewal was the least popular of the set. All of the higher millages were designed to offset the loss of property values in the township.

On the other side of Washtenaw County, voters in the Whitmore Lake School District turned down a bond proposal in a landslide of no votes.

Ypsilanti Township

Proposal A increased the millage for fire protection, prevention, rescue services and equipment reserves by 0.325 mill to 3.125 mills and is projected to bring in $3,459,816. It earned 2,840 yes votes (71.16%) to 1,151 no (28.84%), the widest margin of all four measures.

Proposal B, which is projected to bring in $6,587,489 for police protection, garnered 2,812 yes votes (70.42%) to 1,181 no (29.58%). The measure increased the millage by 0.950 mill to 5.95 mills, which will provide $6,587,489 in revenue.

Voters approved the renewal of the roads millage, Proposal C, by the smallest margin, 2,366 yes (59.58%) to 1,605 no (40.42%). The rate remained at 1.0059 and will bring in $1,113,673. The money will fund parks, recreation, bike paths, sidewalks, and the General Operations Fund in addition to roads.

There was more enthusiasm about Proposal D, which dealt with a variety of environmental issues, approving it 2,709 (67.89%)to 1,281 (32.11%). The millage for garbage and refuse collection, recycling, composting, disposal of solid waste, energy conservation, alternative energy, water quality and environmental protection went up by 0.475 mill to 2.155 mills. It should collect $2,385,889 in revenues.

Turnout for the election was 10%.

Whitmore Lake Schools

Elsewhere in Washtenaw County, a bond proposal for the Whitmore Lake Schools failed overwhelmingly in the highest turnout election of the night. A measure that would have allowed the school district to borrow $12,300,000 for remodeling school buildings, installing technology, acquiring school buses, and upgrading athletic facilities lost with 873 no votes (68.26%) to 406 yes (31.74%). Turnout was 18.92%.

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