Metro Detroiters deciding elections, school proposals
Polls have opened and voters in several Metro Detroit communities Tuesday will decide a handful of municipal elections and school funding proposals.
The polls close at 8 p.m.
In Michigan's most populous county, Wayne, voters in five communities are being asked to decide a handful of ballot questions.
Residents of the city of Wayne will vote on the recall of city councilman Chris Sanders, who, along with the city's mayor and two other councilmen, has drawn criticism for extending their terms by a year and for voting against selling a shuttered activities center in 2016.
In Lincoln Park, voters will elect someone to fill a vacant city council seat and will decide whether the city charter should be amended to allow the council to appoint members in the future.
Also, Trenton and Ecorse public schools and Airport Community Schools have funding proposals before voters Tuesday.
Trenton Public School officials want voters to approve a $57 million bond to pay for the expansion of the district's two elementary schools. They said the schools have been at capacity since 2012.
If approved, the measure would result in a property tax increase of 3.99 mills. Officials said the increase would cost the owner of a $100,000 home nearly $200 extra a year.
Ecorse Public Schools is seeking voter approval of a 10-year, 3-mills sinking fund for the district.
Airport Community Schools is proposing a $15.7 bond to pay for reopening and expanding an elementary school that closed in 2010. The district is based in Carleton in Monroe County, but it serves Sumpter Township in Wayne County.
Meanwhile, in Oakland County, voters in two school districts will cast ballots on funding proposals.
The Bloomfield Hills Schools has a six-year, 0.7165-mill replacement for a sinking fund to pay for building repairs, school security improvements and technology upgrades on the ballot.
The tax would run through 2023 and raise $2.58 million a year for the district. If approved, it will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $35.82 a year.
Southfield Public Schools is requesting approval of a 10-year, 0.7-mill sinking fund tax for facility repairs and upgrades and technology purchases.
The tax, to run through 2027, would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $35 a year, if approved.
Macomb County voters will decide the fate of a replacement operating millage for Macomb Community College. The tax funds roughly a quarter of the school’s budget.
If voters approve, the increase would raise an extra $1.5 million a year for the college while increasing the taxes on a $100,000 home by about $3 a year.
Roseville Community Schools officials are seeking a 20-year, $59.4 million bond for facility, equipment, technology and transportation upgrades. The district estimates the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $125 a year, if approved.
In Warren, Van Dyke Public Schools is asking voters to approve a 10-year, 1-mill sinking fund that would raise $354,000 a year for building, security and technology improvements. The tax would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $50 a year.