Millage renewal earns strong support from few voters

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – The city’s dedicated millage for police and fire services will continue, as more than two-thirds of the votes cast Tuesday approved the continuation of a 3.4591-mill levy for another three years.

Approval of the millage renewal garnered 1,727 votes – 71 percent – against 717 no votes. The renewal question was the only local item during the Aug. 2 primary election, along with mostly uncontested county, state and congressional offices. Voters also strongly supported millage renewals for Wayne County parks and the Detroit Zoo.

The renewal – which will generate an estimated $1.7 million for police and fire operations – fared better with taxpayers than other recent proposals that had sought voter approval of Headlee amendment overrides and millage proposals designed to shore up the city’s employee pension and benefits funds.

City officials said it remains to be seen if another millage will be presented for public approval during the November general election, although seeking voter support for a Headlee override is required by May 2018 in accordance with the final orders issued last year by the state-appointed emergency manager.

Of the city’s nearly 25,000 registered voters just 2,592 – just over 10 percent – participated.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)