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Wayne: Riverview schools OK millage renewal

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Voters in the Riverview Community Schools district have approved the renewal of its operating millage for 10 years.

The measure won with 75 percent of the vote Tuesday.

School district officials said the millage accounts for 8 percent of the school system’s total budget and will provide $1.9 million in its first year.

The millage will be levied only on commercial, business and rental properties, so homeowners’ taxes won’t rise.

Meanwhile, a street improvement bond failed in Romulus with 55 percent of voters opting against the 10-year, $25 million proposal.

The measure would have cost the average homeowner in the city an additional $100 a year. Under the proposal, which would have paid for neighborhood street improvements, the city would have levied a tax of 3.53 mills each year.

City officials said a good portion of Romulus’ 74 miles of neighborhood streets are in poor condition.

Meanwhile, Inkster residents overwhelmingly approved a general revision to the city’s charter, with 78 percent of voters in favor.

Officials said approval of the proposal is the first step in rewriting Inkster’s 51-year-old charter to switch the city’s council-city manager form of government to a mayor-council form.

Under the current form of government, Inkster’s city manager is responsible for day-to-day operations.

Inkster has operated under a consent agreement with the state since 2012. It accumulated a $12 million deficit in the three years before that, under a city manager’s watch, he said. In addition, Inkster has had eight city managers in 16 years, he said.

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