Washtenaw County Voters Will Not See A Public Health And Seniors Millage On The November Ballot

Aug 6, 2020

Washtenaw County voters will not see a public health and seniors millage proposal on the November ballot.  

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners was considering a six-year, 0.5 millage to raise funds for clinical services and community programs that would’ve benefited the county’s senior citizen population.  But the board decided to table the vote on whether or not the proposal should appear on the November ballot.  Commissioner Andy LaBarre explains why.

Commissioner LaBarre: The real fear was that, not that there wasn’t need, that’s apparent to everybody, but that the tax impact of this millage and many others could be understandably a burden on many homeowners.

On Tuesday’s primary election, voters approved two countywide millage proposals.  The Public Health and Senior millage would’ve cost homeowners about $5 a month.  LaBarre says the board may reconsider the millage for an election in 2021.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu