Eastern, Central Michigan locales cast ballots on road issues

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Friday, August 10, 2012

Some embattled local roads in eastern and central Michigan got a boost this week. During the state’s primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 7, voters in 12 area counties approved numerous ballot issues to benefit roads, bridges and transit.

Below are the results of transportation questions in the two regions.

Midland County voters split two votes on road funding. Voters approved an effort to renew a four-year, 1-mill levy to improve highways, roads, streets and bridges around the county. However, they opted against an additional mill increase to benefit roads for the next four years.

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

The renewal is expected to raise $3.4 million in the first year. If voters had approved an increase the money designated for transportation would have doubled to $6.8 million in the first year.

Also in the county, Hope Township ballots included a proposal to renew a 1.91-mill rate for road improvements and repairs. Voters endorsed the plan to raise $85,000 during the next four years.

Two locales in neighboring Saginaw County also decided on road levy renewals. They are:

  • Frankenmuth Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $175,000 in the first year.
  • Lakefield Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for 10 years. It is expected to raise $58,000 in the first year.


Along Lake Huron, voters in Sanilac County renewed a 0.2-mill tax to benefit county primary roads, as well as city and village streets, for five years. It is expected to raise $2.9 million in the first year.

In addition to the county vote, 10 townships also cast ballots on road levies. They are:

  • Argyle Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $43,000 in the first year.
  • Custer Township: Renewed a 1.5-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $49,000 in the first year.
  • Evergreen Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $60,000 in the first year.
  • Flynn Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $28,000 in the first year.
  • Fremont Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $60,000 in the first year.
  • Lamotte Township: Renewed a 1.5-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $41,000 in the first year.
  • Marion Township: Renewed a 1.5-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $49,000 in the first year.
  • Moor Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $62,000 in the first year.
  • Speaker Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $36,000 in the first year.
  • Watertown Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $81,000 in the first year.


Directly west in Tuscola County, voters in eight more townships decided on road levies. They are:

  • Akron Township: Renewed a 0.94-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $59,000 in the first year.
  • Almer Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $57,000 in the first year.
  • Columbia Township: Renewed two levies for six years to benefit road repairs and construction. Set at 1.5 mills each, the taxes are expected to raise $140,000 in the first year.
  • Juniata Township: Split two votes on road levies. Voters renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $45,000 in the first year. Voters turned around and rejected the renewal of a 2-mill road tax for four years. It was projected to raise $90,000 in the first year.
  • Kingston Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $66,000 in the first year.
  • Koylton Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $80,000 in the first year.
  • Novesta Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $31,000 in the first year.
  • Wisner Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $46,000 in the first year.


Also in the county, voters in the townships of Almer and Indianfields and the city of Caro voted in favor of a four-year, 1-mill levy for the Caro Transit Authority.

Huron County voters chose to renew a 0.20-mill rate for five years to pay for transit services in the county. It is expected to raise $329,000 in the first year.

Five Shiawassee County communities got a say on levies to benefit transportation services. Voters in the cities of Durand, Owosso and Perry, and the townships of Caledonia and Owosso approved mill rates ranging from 0.08 to 0.33 to support the Shiawassee Area Transportation Agency.

Middlebury and Fairfield townships also endorsed 2-mill road taxes for four and five years, respectively.

Multiple Clinton County townships also decided on road questions. They include:

  • Bingham Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $100,000 in the first year.
  • Greenbush Township: Rejected a 1-mill road tax for five years. It was expected to raise $72,000 in the first year.
  • Riley Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $71,000 in the first year.


Ingham County voters approved an increase of 0.12 mills for four years to pay for transportation services. The boost is expected to raise an additional $784,000 annually for the Capital Area Transportation Authority. The existing 0.48-mill rate generates $3.2 million a year.

Also in the county, voters in Leslie and Meridian townships renewed road millages to raise $75,000 and $390,000 in the first year, respectively.

Ballots in two Montcalm County communities included road levy renewals. They are:

  • Home Township: Approved a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $59,000 in the first year.
  • Maple Valley Township: Approved a 1-mill road tax for five years. It is expected to raise $50,000 in the first year.


In Mecosta County, two townships cast votes on road levies. They are:

  • Chippewa Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $51,000 in the first year.
  • Wheatland Township: Rejected a 0.80-mill road tax for four years. It was expected to raise $32,000 in the first year.


Isabella County voters approved a 0.99-mill renewal for transit services. It is expected to raise $1.6 million in the first year.

Voters in the Oceana County township of Weare renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $70,000 in the first year.

For information on road ballot results for southern Michigan locales, click here.

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