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Ypsilanti City Council To Decide If Water Street Millage Will Get Second Chance On November Ballot

Aug 12, 2016

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The Ypsilanti City Council has called a special meeting for early next Tuesday to decide whether or not to put the Water Street millage issue before voters once again in November.


The Ypsilanti City Council is meeting at 7 AM Tuesday to make a final decision on putting the issue before voters in order to meet the filing deadline, and they're regularly scheduled evening meeting would be too late.

Ypsilanti mayor Amanda Edmonds says residents have been asking for a second chance to vote on the issue.

"There's been an outpouring of the community who have come forward and stepped up and said, 'Oh, goodness!  Didn't think it would fail.  Yeah, I'll help.  Put it back on again!  Put it back on again!'"

Mayor Edmonds wants to clear up the confusion over whether this millage will add to residents' tax bills.

"The Water Street millage is a new millage of the exact amount of the old millage for a different thing rolling off.  2.3 mills is rolling off from road projects that were done many years ago.  We're done paying for them, basically.  And so, the new millage proposed was 2.3 mills.  So, that is flat."

The amount of voters who turn out for a presidential election is typically twice as many who vote in a primary, and Mayor Edmonds believes that may work in their favor in getting a yes vote this time on the millage intended to pay off the failed Water Street development debt.

She says residents may not realize how much it will cost them in other ways if the millage fails.

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