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Voters to Decide Greenbelt Issue

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council has agreed to let voters decide whether or not to extend the city's parkland acquisition millage, and use some of the money to buy development rights to land in neighboring townships to help slow urban sprawl.
Councilmember Michael Reid supported the measure, but worries that the city is, as he put it, "caught in a trap of looking at language without understanding what policies are behind it."
The current parkland acquisition millage is set to expire next year. If voters approve an extension, it could provide up to 30-million dollars for the "greenbelt" project.
The city hopes to have the issue on the ballot in November.