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Wyandotte Voters Decide 3 Mill Levy Issue: May 6 Election Results

Voters in Wyandotte decided a ballot question Tuesday on levying 3 mills over five years to correct a structural deficit.

Voters approved a millage levy increase, 68 percent to 32 percent. (Patch file photo)
Voters approved a millage levy increase, 68 percent to 32 percent. (Patch file photo)

Wyandotte voters approved a ballot issue Tuesday to amend the city charter to levy 3 mills for five years for general operating purposes.

The proposal passed, 1,589 votes to 759 votes, or a margin of 68 percent of 32 percent.

The levy is expected to raise $1.112 million when first levied in 2014.

Its intent is to erase a structural deficit, rather than pay for new services, The News-Herald reports.

City Administrator Todd Drysdale said the city’s financial problems are a result of plummeting property values, underperforming financial markets, pension funding issues and the state’s failure to fully fund revenue sharing to cities.

As a result, the city has laid off workers, cut benefits and implemented other cost-saving measures that have reduced city services.
Paul May 07, 2014 at 12:13 AM
This city needs to cut the fat and slim down the spending and quit asking the voters to bail them out of every budget short fall. Do we the city need to buy 3 Chevrolet Tahoe's for police vehicles when the maximum speed limit in the city is 40 mph ? That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard is the approval to purchase these vehicles. This mayor and most of the council have got get their heads out of the sand and realize this is Wyandotte and not West Bloomfield property values will never come back to previous levels look around the high paying jobs at the factories are now $14.00 a hour compared to the $25+ hr in the past.
Keith Gillette May 07, 2014 at 06:55 AM
The reason for the vote now is they knew it would be lower turn out! A quick savings would be to eliminate the 13th check! Also combine voting these separate votes COST MONEY! SMH.
Paul May 07, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Right on, I am a retiree from the private sector and when I and everyone else who retires in the private sector you get 12 checks per year not 13 there is no COLA payment. Yea I agree this was the Mayors way to get this through by holding a election for 1 item . He nearly cried when the council wanted to hold this off till August or November. Where I voted there was 4 workers to register voters , when I voted and not single voter was there and my number was in the middle 200 's at 700pm .

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