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November 5, 2019 Election Results For Washtenaw County

Nov 5, 2019

Voters in the Ann Arbor School district approved a one-billion-dollar capitol bond issue. The 30-year levy allows the district to renew and replace existing school infrastructure, make other upgrades at every school, build new classroom space to accommodate growing student enrollment and purchase buses and technology. The bond passed with 53.26% of the votes, and it would amount to a tax increase of 1.65 mills in addition to the existing school tax being levied as the result of a 20-year, sinking fund millage approved by voters in 2017. 

Chelsea voters approve a 20-year, 81-million-dollar bond issue. The money generated allows for remodeling and other building upgrades, improvements to athletic fields and facilities, technology improvements and the purchase of new buses. The estimated average annual millage to be required to retire this bond debt is expected to be just over three-mills.

A new face joins the Chelsea City Council. Incumbents Peter Feeney and Jane Pacheco remain, while newcomer Charles Wisely rounds out the three council seats, each with four-year terms. 

Northfield Township Voters voted NO on a proposal to ban marijuana facilities from setting up business within its borders, with 55.84% voters deciding "No," and only 44.16% in favor of the ban.

Scio Township voters have increased the amount of tax money it can levy to fund fire protection services by 70.63%. Voters decided to the current point-nine mill tax rate  would be increased to one-point-three-five mills. 

Pinckney voters pass two millages. Voters straddling the Washtenaw-Livingston county line and living within the confines of the Pinckney Community School district approve both school millages. The first proposal renews the district's operating millage of 17.87 mills that expires in Dec. 2020. The second proposal ensures the district's millage rate returns to the state maximum of 18 mills from 2019 to 2026.

Manchester Township voters approve two millage renewals. The first is a point-one-five mill renewal for fire equipment. The second is a point-three-five mill renewal for road maintenance. Each tax levy would be collected for a period of five years.

Voters in Saline elected incumbent Jack Ceo for two-year term to City Council, while newcomers Jim Dell’Orco and Kevin Camero-Sulak take on their first term in council.   

In Milan, Mayor Dominic Hamden ran unopposed for another two-year term, and won with 96.08% of the vote. Mayor Pro-tem Christian Thompson did not seek re-election.  Two new faces, Dave Baldwin and Jesse Nie join incumbent Mary Kerkes to serve four year terms on the council.

Incumbents Thomas Sorenson and Randy Westbrooks ran unopposed for the Milan Library Board, and will continue to serve on the board for another six-year term.

Tune in to 89.1 WEMU's Morning Edition with David Fair Wednesday morning for a full recap of the election results, along with reaction and insight.

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