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Washtenaw County Voters Asked to Approve Millage To Fund Local Veterans Department

Nov 1, 2016

Local veteran Duane Weide (left) and the head of the Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs Michael Smith (right).
Credit Lisa Barry

On Election Day, Washtenaw County voters will be asked to approve a .10 operational millage for services offered by the county's Department of Veterans Affairs.

I spoke with the Director of the Washtenaw County Department of Veteran Affairs Michael Smith and Army veteran Duane Weide, who served in Iraq, about the upcoming millage.

The department had been funded by an "un-voted" millage, but that was challenged by a local tax group which has now put the issue before voters.

The millage would be levied by Washtenaw County from 2017 through 2024 and would cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 about $10 a year.

The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Michael Smith, says there is no "Plan B" to fund his department if the millage fails.

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