Southern Michigan locales cast ballots on road issues

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Thursday, August 09, 2012

Voters in more than 30 counties across Michigan cast primary ballots Tuesday, Aug. 7, on more than 100 road issues. Below are the results of transportation questions in southern Michigan.

Allegan County ballots included a question on whether to renew a 1-mill levy to benefit roads around the county, which amounts to 10 cents per $100 of taxable valuation.

The mill rate is the rate at which property taxes are determined. Every person who owns real estate is required to pay property taxes.

Voters passed the six-year extension that is expected to generate an estimated $4.1 million in the first year for road repairs, resurfacing and construction countywide.

Multiple Allegan County townships also cast ballots on road tax. They include:

  • Allegan Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $118,000 in the first year.
  • Cheshire Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for six years. It is expected to raise $119,000 in the first year.
  • Clyde Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $98,000 in the first year.
  • Dorr Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for two years. It is expected to raise $208,000 in the first year.
  • Hopkins Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $141,000 in the first year.
  • Laketown Township: Renewed a 1-mill tax to benefit roads and other projects for two years. It is expected to raise $655,000 in the first year.
  • Leighton Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for five years. It is expected to raise $182,000 in the first year.
  • Overisel Township: Renewed a 4-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $464,000 in the first year.
  • Trowbridge Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $70,000 in the first year.
  • Valley Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $250,000 in the first year.


Voters in the cities of Douglas and Saugatuck and Saugatuck Township decided in favor of renewing the Interurban Transit levy for five years. Set at 0.5 mills, the levy will continue to pay for transit services in the area. It is expected to raise $63,000 in the first year.

In neighboring Van Buren County, voters approved renewing a 0.98-mill rate for maintenance, repair and reconstruction of roads throughout the county. The tax is expected to raise about $2.9 million annually for the next four years.

Townships around the county also cast ballots on road tax. They include:

  • Almena Township: Renewed a 0.94-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $145,000 in the first year.
  • Arlington Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $109,000 in the first year.
  • Bloomingdale Township: Renewed a 3.87-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $379,000 in the first year.
  • Columbia Township: Rejected renewal of a 3-mill road tax for four years. It was expected to raise $308,000 in the first year.
  • Geneva Township: Renewed a 3-mill road tax for six years. It is expected to raise $242,000 in the first year.
  • Waverly Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for six years. It is expected to raise $116,000 in the first year.


In the state’s far southwest corner, voters in a handful of Berrien County locales decided on transportation levies. They include:

  • Coloma Township: Renewed a 1.25-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $233,000 in the first year.
  • Niles City: Renewed a 0.50-mill tax for public transportation services for two years. It is expected to raise $99,000 in the first year.
  • Royalton Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for six years. It is expected to raise $258,000 in the first year.
  • Watervliet Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $263,000 in the first year.


Neighboring to the east, voters in two Cass County townships decided on road questions. They are:

  • Marcellus Township: Chose to extend a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $68,000 in the first year.
  • Newberg Township: Rejected renewal of a 2-mill road tax for four years. It was expected to raise $54,000 in the first year.


Monroe County’s Bedford, Frenchtown and Summerfield townships also cast ballots on transportation levies. Bedford voters authorized extending a 0.24-mill rate for three years. As a result, the Lake Erie Transportation services and bus services offered in the township are expected to receive $239,000 in the first year.

Summerfield voters opted to renew a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $120,000 in the first year.

In Frenchtown, a three-year, 0.75-mill renewal was approved to support bus services by Lake Erie Transit. It is estimated to raise $902,000 in the first year.

Voters in three Livingston County townships also decided on road levy questions. They are:

  • Conway Township: Increased to 2-mills the road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $251,000 in the first year.
  • Deerfield Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $149,000 in the first year.
  • Oceola Township: Renewed a 1.5-mill road tax for five years. It is expected to raise $426,000 in the first year.


Multiple Lenawee County communities also got a say on road levies. They are:

  • Deerfield Township: Increased a 3-mill road tax for two years. It is expected to raise $160,000 in the first year.
  • Fairfield Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $108,000 in the first year.
  • Hudson Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $103,000 in the first year.
  • Medina Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $91,000 in the first year.
  • Ogden Township: Renewed a 1.98-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $100,000 in the first year.
  • Riga Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for two years. It is expected to raise $132,000 in the first year.


Oakland County voters approved the renewal of a 0.59-mill rate to benefit public transportation for the next two years. It is expected to raise $16 million in the first year.

Also in the county, the Novi city ballot included a question on whether to increase the road millage to fund more repairs. Voters chose to authorize a 1.5-mill rate that is expected to raise $2.1 million in the first year.

Elsewhere, voters in Albion Township voted to renew a 0.97-mill road tax for five years. It is expected to raise $35,000 in the first year.

In the nearby city of Jackson, voters authorized the five-year renewal of a 1-mill tax for transportation services. It is expected to raise $578,000 in the first year.

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