May 8th is Election Day in Washtenaw County. The Ann Arbor Public Schools are seeking renewal of a general operating millage. Ypsilanti Township is asking for tax support for fire department operations and has a special election for a Parks Commission position. As WEMU's Taylor Pinson reports, in Sharon Township, the issue is access to broadband internet service.
Sharon Township voters are considering a proposal to help pay for building the infrastructure needed to make high-speed broadband internet available in that community.
If the proposal passes it would raise an estimated $4.9 million and increase the local property tax rate by a little over 3.25 mills.
“And they all said ‘no.’ We’re too small, they can’t get a return on their investment within 2 years and that is their business model,” says Psarousthakis.
Psarousthakis says the community needs high speed internet access if it hopes to keep up with the rest of the world.
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— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him firstname.lastname@example.org