ELECTION 2014: Michigan locales to decide on road taxes

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Voters in communities throughout Michigan will cast ballots on Election Day concerning efforts to aid local governments pay for needed road and bridge work.

The state provided a shot in the arm for local governments this spring by approving $215 million for local road repairs following harsh winter weather.

The fall elections allow voters to decide whether to charge themselves more to raise additional revenue for transportation projects.

In the Lansing, Mich. area, voters in Essex Township will decide whether to approve a 0.50-mill levy to benefit local road maintenance, repairs and improvements for four years. The tax is estimated to raise $26,300 in the first year.

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

Along the coast of Lake Michigan, voters in Ottawa County will cast ballots on Nov. 4 to increase the tax rate by 0.50 mills for 10 years for reconstruction, resurfacing and preventative maintenance of roads. The tax is estimated to raise $5 million in the first year.

In addition to the countywide vote, two communities will decide on road taxes. They are:

  • Blendon Township: whether to increase the tax rate by 4 mills for 20 years for road improvements. The tax is estimated to raise $860,765 in the first year.
  • Park Township: whether to increase the tax rate by 0.50 mills for 10 years for road work. The tax is estimated to raise $460,000 in the first year.


Up the coast in Oceana County, voters in the city of Hart will decide whether to approve a 2-mill levy to aid street repairs and improvements for five years. The tax is estimated to raise $98,000 in the first year.

Voters in Mason County’s Sheridan Township will decide whether to increase the levy rate by 1 mill to pay for road improvements for five years. The tax is estimated to raise $47,200 in the first year.

In northern Michigan, ballots in Springvale Township will include a question on whether to increase the tax rate by 1 mill for four years for road work. The Emmett County community’s tax is estimated to raise $85,300 in the first year.

In nearby Bay Township, voters will decide whether to renew a 1-mill levy to benefit roads during the next two years. The Charlevoix County community’s tax is estimated to raise $144,776 in the first year.

Two Saginaw County locales are set to decide on raising taxes for better roads. They are:

  • Blumfield Township: whether to renew the 1.5-mill road levy for five years. The tax is estimated to raise $151,009 in the first year.
  • Village of Chesaning: whether to set the road levy at 6.25 mills for the next year to pay for acquiring and constructing street improvements.


In neighboring Bay County, voters will decide whether to renew the 0.75 mill rate for five years to benefit the Bay Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The tax is estimated to raise $2.1 million in the first year.

Also in Bay County, the local ballot in Kawkawlin Township will include a question about whether to raise the tax levy by 1 mill for four years for road work. The tax is estimated to raise $125,000 in the first year.

Across the county line in Tuscola County, voters in two townships will decide on tax levies to benefit local roads. They are:

  • Akron Township: whether to renew the 1.87-mill levy for four years for road construction and maintenance. The tax is estimated to raise $176,510 in the first year.
  • Greenleaf Township: whether to renew the 1-mill levy for four years for road improvements and maintenance. The tax is estimated to raise $28,792 in the first year.


Along the coast of the Saginaw Bay, voters in Bay Township will be asked whether to renew a 1.5-mill road levy to benefit projects that include road maintenance. The Huron County locale’s tax is estimated to raise $142,276 in the first year.

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