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Washtenaw County Officials Reject Tax For Road Work, Create Study Committee

May 22, 2014

Washtenaw County like most places in Michigan has plenty of roads that need work, particularly after the harsh winter we had this year.  The Washtenaw County Commissioners have opted to form a committee to study options for fixing the roads rather than levy a .4 mill tax in December.

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A financing plan could have funded 44 miles of roadwork this summer that would have been re-paid after the one year tax was collected.  

Commissioner Dan Smith fears delaying road work will just make it more expensive.  That's because a road that could be repaired relatively cheaply this year might degrade to the point of needing an entire re-build next year.

The committee is expected to bring a recommendation to the county board in October after a better picture of what state lawmakers plan to do is completed.  The proposal  could still call for the new tax, but roadwork wouldn't start until next summer.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.