Tuesday's primary election saw two countywide tax issues win voter approval. One for road funding and non-motorized paths, the other to help fund the Washtenaw County Soil Conservation District. Both millages passed by about a 3-1 margin. In a post-election edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discussed the benefits and outcomes with Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre.
#1: PROPOSITION TO AUTHORIZE THE RENEWAL AND RESTORATION OF A .50-MILL ROAD AND NON-MOTORIZED MILLAGE TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO MAINTAIN, RECONSTRUCT, RESURFACE OR PRESERVE ROADS, BIKE LANES, STREETS AND PATHS.
4-year, half-mil renewal. Will generate nearly 9-million dollars in first year of collection.
#2: COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT MILLAGE PROPOSAL
6-year, two-tenths of a mill tax For the sole purpose of funding the operation of the Washtenaw County Soil Conservation District. That includes programs to assist residents in the protection of surface and groundwater quality, increasing wildlife habitat, woodlot management, reforestation and tree planting, invasive species removal and soil erosion reduction, and providing conservation resources, education and assistance to residents, and strengthening the local food system by promoting sustainable agricultural practices
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