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Wyandotte Election Primer for Tuesday's Ballot Issue

Wyandotte voters will decide a three- year, 1.75-mill tax hike when they head to the polls Tuesday.

Wyandotte voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether they want to pay more in taxes to keep the current level of city services.

is expected to generate about $1 million in revenue in the first year to help offset an estimated $1.4 million budget shortfall.

If approved, it will cost the average homeowner about $85 a year for three years, according to City Administrator Todd Drysdale.

If the millage is defeated, officials said, drastic cuts would have to be made to city services.

The tax question is the only item on Tuesday's ballot in Wyandotte.

The idea for the millage came as a result of weekly meetings of the which Mayor Joseph Peterson formed to look at the city's budget and come up with ways to cut costs or increase revenue.

The issue got contentious in August when when two City Council members–James DeSana and Sheri Sutherby-Fricke–. The two later changed their vote and allowed the issue to be put before voters for an ultimate decision.

A group entitled have pushed for the passage of the millage. The group, which is run by residents Richard Miller and Larry Tavernier, sent out postcards to absentee voters and paid for the blue lawn signs that appear throughout the city.

Wyandotte firefighters also have publicly backed the millage and paid for red lawn signs, which encourage a "yes" vote.

There have been no organized efforts in opposition.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Come back to Wyandotte Patch Tuesday night for full election results.

Because some of the voting precincts are inside schools, classes are canceled Tuesday for all of .

Wyandotte Voting Precincts

Precinct 1

646 Biddle Ave. Precinct 2

2306 Fourth St. Precinct 3
3131 Third St. Precinct 4
VFW
633 Ford Ave. Precinct 5
VFW
633 Ford Ave. Precinct 6

2609 Tenth St. Precinct 7

1940 Ludington Precinct 8

1275 Fifteenth St. Precinct 9

1440 Superior Precinct 10  1940 Ludington

If you're unsure which polling precinct you are assigned to, see the PDF under the photos above.

Andrew Przytula November 07, 2011 at 12:25 PM
vote no on the millage. city council still giveing out 13th check . to public retirees when where broke
Annette Catalano November 07, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Council giveing? Nay,council MUST meet obligations! Retirees are entitled to their benefits! Vote YES! We need alll our services to maintain our quality of life &....property values!
rdarin1 November 07, 2011 at 02:38 PM
This millage will cost less than $10.00 per month if your house is worth $100,000.00. If it is worth less than that it will be even less. I feel that is a very small price to pay to keep our essential services intact in Wyandotte. Almost every homeowner in Wyandotte has seen their tax bill drop much more than that over the past few years. VOTE YES on the millage!
Jenn Cushman November 07, 2011 at 04:16 PM
If a yes vote means our city stays safe. I say that is a good thing. I agree with rdarin1 what is $10.00 a month, you never know when you might need their services.
Ferd Keller November 07, 2011 at 06:10 PM
This charter amendment is a necessity - it is a compromise to keep our city services operational. There is no "fluff" in this budget - it is at a bare essential level. I hope our citizens understand that -- and will vote YES on the proposal.
Mark Zielman November 07, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Wyandotte has 2 fire stations and a hospital. Our neighboring cities can raise their taxes and take care of their own. If it was 50 years ago when we had double the population with all the factories filled with men to watch over then that would be a different story. I feel that it's a waste of money. Honestly, how many fires do we have in Wyandotte? That $10/month could go toward gas, food, utilities, church, etc. It accumulates pretty fast. I'm voting "no".
Rob Kirby November 07, 2011 at 09:59 PM
I think they need to understand what the 13th check is and how it is derived. The retirement commission takes 1/4 of 1% of the the increase in investments (gains not losses) on the retirement account and offers a 13th check to its retirees. There is no other adjustment for cost of living. When I served on that commission there was a person who worked almost 40 years for the city and that persons 13th check almost equaled what they received for the year. Also they take that money and divide it by the number of years of service. It is not an exact amount of what the retirees get from month to month. It is a dollar amount (usually $40 to $50) mulitplied by the years of service. This has no impact on the general fund. The serivces that this City get is still far better than other local communities. I am Voting Yes and I hope everyone will too. We need all of our services they have been cut to the bare bone, if you ignore this call to action dont blame the Mayor or City Council for what happens to this town because they are telling you what the need it to keep this City running the best way they see fit. VOTE YES!!!!
Curtis Lowe November 07, 2011 at 09:59 PM
VOTE NO! If the city was serious they'd get rid of one of the city engineers instead of wasting money on two of them. After finding out what the engineer makes and having dealings with them that were less than stellar there is no way I'm paying for that bloated salary. Who knows how bloated other departments are. You got a cop retiring who will be making like over $70,000 a year RETIRED. Screw that! And you are going to tell me these cop and fire unions really care about me and my family? All they care about is themselves or else they'd be taking paycuts. They won't even consider that though. They'll just spend their money making signs and creating scare tactics to scare the sheaple into voting yes on something that won't even cover 1/2 of the shortfall and will still require lay-offs and service cuts.
Jason Alley (Editor) November 07, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Hey, Mark. You raise some interesting questions. As for "how many fires do we have in Wyandotte," here is a story from a few months back that lists some stats. http://patch.com/A-jr5S
Richard Miller November 08, 2011 at 12:53 AM
You are not registered to vote in this City Lowe.....I checked!
Natalie Rankine November 08, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Vote Yes! Even with the hike, our taxes will still be lower than they were years ago!
William Riley November 08, 2011 at 03:54 AM
What gets me is not this tax hike question, it's one that keeps being left off the ballot. This is the idea of homeowners paying a set amount each year on their tax bill for sidewalk repair, an expense that should be shared equally so homeowners are not hit with high repair bills whenever some inspector decides a repair is needed, whether it does or not. There are a lot of fixed income Seniors like myself who have run into this situation, and it has been mentioned at the City Council this year, but, as usual, it didn't make the ballot.
Andrew Przytula November 08, 2011 at 09:14 AM
you are mr. kirby. the money comes out of the under funded pensioun plan if the city cant meet thier pension responsibility we the tax payers will be assed without a vote more mills to meet that resposibility. remember public pensions are guaranteed under the state constitution.
Andrew Przytula November 08, 2011 at 10:42 AM
remember our home values droped like a rock. thats the only reason our taxes went down.
LW November 08, 2011 at 01:25 PM
$10.00 or so a month is nothing compared to what it will give you in safety and security.I am voting "YES" for the millage.We need our fire department and police now more than ever with abandoned houses, an increase in thefts, strange people walking the streets, etc. How much do some people spend on things that aren't necessary every week?
LW November 08, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Another thought....if we have to go to a volunteer fire department wouldn't that make our home insurance policy rates rise?
Curtis Lowe November 08, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Really?! My voter's registration card says different Richie.
Ferd Keller November 08, 2011 at 05:15 PM
First, we can't go to a volunteer department, as such because of Civil Service issues. And yes, that would efevct our insurance rates -- but, if we have to cut out one of our stations, or go so low as to severely understaff the fire department, that will also change our rating and there can be an increase in our homeowners, fire and renter insurance rates. And I'll wager more than the $85 per year the millage costs each of us. I guess for each of us it's a matter of where some increase hits us!
Sharon November 08, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Curtis - I am the wife of a law enforcement officer and I take great offense to your comment regarding police retirement salaries. Is it you out there in the cold, the heat, in inclement weather responding to distress calls or neighbor complaints? Is it you at home wondering if your husband will come home alive at the end of his shift and if your children will have one less parent? The police are the targets of a lot of inappropriate comments by people like yourself. I'd like to see you put on body armour on a hot day and wonder if someone is going to try to kill you on your next call. And as far as the firefighters are concerned, they are the ones you hope you never have to see at your house - start saving your money if the millage doesn't pass - you'll need it to cover the increase in your homeowner's insurance due to vital city services cut.
Greg Kazmierski November 08, 2011 at 07:58 PM
I wonder if Mr. Miller filled out the FOIA paperwork to find that out, or, if he used his position as election volunteer to ascertain that information about you being registered. just wondering. Seems kind of eerie to me.
Jeff Yoscovits November 27, 2011 at 03:22 AM
The money to pay the 13th check comes from interest earned on pension fund investment. Learn that facts before you comment!
Jeff Yoscovits November 27, 2011 at 03:31 AM
I'll bet your PBGC pension is higher than most retired WPD officers pensions.

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