ELECTION 2016: Detroit-area locales decide on road taxes

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Voters in eight counties in and around the Detroit area cast ballots Tuesday, Aug. 2, on efforts to aid local governments pay for needed road and bridge work. Specifically, voters decided whether to charge themselves more to raise additional revenue for transportation projects.

St. Clair County voters approved a question to renew a countywide tax rate by one-quarter mill to improve and maintain roads, streets and highways for four years. The tax is estimated to raise $1.4 million 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.

Three communities in St. Clair County north of Detroit also decided about boosting revenue for their local roads.

In Berlin Township, voters approved a one-half mill rate (50 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) for repair and maintenance of all township roads and ditches.

Voters in the Grant Township renewed a 1-mill levy for the maintenance and construction to roads and bridges for five years. The tax is estimated to raise $60,909 in the first year.

A short drive west to the city of Yale is where voters also approved a question to benefit local roads. Voters renewed a 1.5 millage for five years. The renewal is estimated to raise $45,166 in the first year.

Across the county line in Lapeer County, voters in Rich Township choose to renew a 1-mill rate for four years for road and bridge construction and maintenance. The tax in the community located along state Highway 24 is estimated to raise $45,721 in the first year.

In neighboring Macomb County, voters in Warren decided to renew a 2.1-mill rate for five years to repair and replace local streets and roads. The levy is estimated to raise $6.8 million in the first year.

Voters in two Oakland County communities also approved questions about whether to raise revenue for transportation. Ballots in the city of Madison Heights included a proposal to renew a 2-mill rate for 10 years to benefit projects that include road work. The tax in the community located off Interstates 75 and 696 is estimated to raise $1.6 million in the first year.

One more community in the county to vote on road funding is Bloomfield Township. Voters there decided to renew a .7115-mill rate for one decade to benefit road maintenance. The tax is estimated to raise nearly $2.4 million in the first year.

Multiple communities in Livingston County also cast ballots on issues that include local road funding.

In Osceola Township, voters renewed a .9823-mill rate for five years to fund road improvements and maintenance. The tax in the community off state Highway 59 is estimated to raise $521,730 in the first year.

Voters in nearby Conway Township renewed a 2-mill levy for four years to aid road improvements and maintenance. The renewal is estimated to raise $220,907 in the first year.

Also in southern Michigan, voters in six Lenawee County locales approved road tax questions. The communities are:

  • Deerfield Township: A one-year, 3-mill renewal for roads and bridges. It is expected to raise $200,692.
  • Fairfield Township: A four-year, 2-mill renewal for road and bridge maintenance and improvements. It is expected to raise $112,722 in the first year.
  • Hudson Township: A four-year, 2-mill renewal for roads and bridge maintenance and improvements. It is expected to raise $106,987 in the first year.
  • Macon Township: A four-year, 1.5-mill renewal for road maintenance and improvements. It is expected to raise $94,340 in the first year.
  • Medina Township: A four-year, 1.942-mill renewal and an increase of .058 mills for road maintenance and improvements. It is expected to raise $93,130 in the first year.
  • Ogden Township: A four-year, 1.9802-mill renewal and an increase of .0198 mills for road and bridge maintenance and improvements. It is expected to raise $108,968 in the first year.

In neighboring Washtenaw County, voters in the city of Ann Arbor approved a question about whether to replace a 2.125-mill levy for another tax of the same amount. The five-year tax will benefit street and bridge repair, as well as sidewalk repair and construction. The tax is estimated to raise $11.2 million in the first year.

A short drive south to Saline Township is where voters decided on road maintenance. Approved was a question about whether to renew a four-year, 1-mill rate. The tax is estimated to raise $484,666 in the first year.

Voters in one Monroe County locale also decided on aid for roads and bridges. Specifically, Dundee Township voters approved a question to renew a 10-year, 1-mill rate. The tax in the community located along Highway 50 is estimated to raise $277,846 in the first year.

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