Tax, bond questions approved by Southgate voters

Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE – Voters approved a city street tax renewal and school bond proposal during Tuesday’s low-key general election.

The two measures – neither of which will generate new or additional taxes – joined unopposed races for elected officials and city council seats.

On the city ballot, voters overwhelmingly approved the renewal of a five-year, 2-mill levy for street repairs and improvements. According to unofficial results 3,111 yes votes (77.4 percent) outpaced 908 votes against the measure.

City officials said that, after adjustments, the tax will be levied at no more than 1.9334 mills and will generate about $1.5 million during its first year to maintain local, residential streets.

A strong majority of voters likewise approved a bond measure for Southgate Community Schools. More than two-thirds of the votes cast in Southgate and Allen Park – 2,986 representing 67 percent – said yes to a 25-year, $20 million bonding proposal, against 1,465 no votes.

Taxpayers will see no increase in current levies, however, as the district had refinanced bonds at reduced rates in recent years. The funding will be dedicated to infrastructure and safety concerns at six of the district’s facilities: four elementary schools, Davidson Middle School and Anderson High School.

Also listed on the November ballot were the elected offices and city council seats, all of which were uncontested for the third consecutive election.

Mayor Joseph Kuspa, Treasurer James Dallos and Clerk Janice Ferencz all ran unopposed. On the city council, five incumbents will continue serving on the panel: Bill Colovos, Mark Farrah, Karen George, John Graziani and Dale Zamecki. President Sheryl Denman and Councilwoman Patricia Ganzberger did not seek re-election, and former Councilmen Phillip Rauch and Christopher Rollett will rejoin the panel.

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