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Voters in eight communities go to the polls Tuesday

The Detroit News

Voters in two suburbs will be asked Tuesday whether to join a two-county authority that would fund fire and rescue services.

Eastpointe and Hazel Park officials are seeking approval of the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority, which would levy 14 mills annually for 20 years.

Supporters say the authority will stave off further financial difficulties in the two aging suburbs. Opponents say the 14 mills is steep and more can be cut from budgets to stay solvent.

The authority does not have to pass in both communities for it to go into effect. Approval by a majority of the total votes cast between the two communities is all that's needed.

Voters in six other communities will also go to the polls, which are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

Wayne County

Plymouth: Public safety millage, 1.5 mills for five years for the Public Safety Department.

Plymouth Township: Two millage proposals for police and fire. One, a 0.56-mill renewal, the other a 2-mill (rolled back under Headlee Amendment to 1.6 mills) renewal, both through 2035.

Dearborn Heights: Public School System No. 7 technology improvements bond of nearly $4.6 million.

Hamtramck Public Schools: Operating millage renewal of 18.18 mills through 2025.

Wyandotte Public Schools: Bonding proposal seeking about $39.3 million for building, remodeling, equipping and furnishing schools; technology upgrades; and improving athletic fields.

Oakland County

Hazel Park: South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority fire and rescue proposal.

Macomb County

Eastpointe: South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority fire and rescue proposal, city council partial terms.

Ray Township: Two millage renewals for Fire and Rescue Department. One is a 1-mill increase to replace emergency vehicles at the fire department, the other a 1.5-mill increase for department operations. Both are through 2020.