LP voters shoot down twin tax questions

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — City officials faced with a possible $3 million deficit next year will have to dig deeper come budget time after voters rejected a bond proposal and millage increase during Tuesday’s general election.

A proposal for a bond of up to $30 million to repair roads and infrastructure that would have cost homeowners an average of $245 annually was defeated. The ballot question received 6,614 no votes — 54.5 percent of the ballots — against 5,510 in favor.

A second ballot question seeking a Headlee Amendment override to restore property tax levels from 19.33 mills to 20 mills met even less support. The proposal was rejected by 7,579 voters — 64.3 percent of the ballots — with 4,202 approving. An additional $300,000 in extra revenue for the general fund was anticipated if the measure was approved, and would have represented a tax increase of about $300 annually for the average homeowner.

The city reported a voter turnout of just over 55 percent of registered voters for the general election, which included the presidential race and a series of Michigan ballot questions and proposed state constitutional amendments.

City voters leaned heavily democratic Tuesday, with more than 67 percent of the ballots going to President Barack Obama. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow claimed more than 73 percent of the ballot over Republican rival Pete Hoekstra, and Congressional representation for the 12th District went to veteran U.S. Rep. John Dingell with more than 70 percent of the vote.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)