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Voter turnout was just over 18% in several local elections that took place in Washtenaw County on Tuesday. WEMU's Lisa Barry has the full story:


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A countywide ballot issue will be decided next Tuesday, and it deals with land preservation.  A 10-year, quarter-mill tax renewal would sustain the Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP) for another 10 years.  For this week's "Issues of the Environment,"WEMU's David Fair talks with Washtenaw County's park planning and NAPP supervisor, Ginny Trocchio, about what the preservation program has meant to the county in its first 20 years, and what lies ahead--pass or fail--on Tuesday. 

Wiki Commons

The Chelsea School District and the City of Dexter each have a proposal that voters will see on the November 3rd general election ballot.  


Wiki Commons

Bridgewater and Lodi Townships will each see one township proposal in next Tuesday’s general election.  


City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor voters will consider three city proposals for next week’s November 3rd general election.  


A2Y Regional Chamber

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber has formally endorsed an affordable housing millage that Ann Arbor voters will see on the November ballot.  

Washtenaw County

Allocating funding for the Washtenaw County Health Department will be a main topic of discussion during Wednesday's Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting.  

Tuesday's primary election saw two countywide tax issues win voter approval.  One for road funding and  non-motorized paths, the other to help fund the Washtenaw County Soil Conservation District.  Both millages passed by about a 3-1 margin.  In a post-election edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discussed the benefits and outcomes with Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre. 


City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council will discuss Monday night placing an affordable housing millage proposal on the November general election ballot.  


Washtenaw County Road Commission

The Washtenaw County Road Commission will host a virtual meeting Tuesday night to inform voters on a millage renewal proposal they will see on the August primary ballot.  

Rose Bellanca
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By a better than 3-1 margin, local voters passed a tax renewal and Headlee override request from Washtenaw Community College.  While celebrating what the 10-year, one-mill levy will bring to the school and community for the future, WCC is dealing with the immediacy of an everchanging Coronavirus landscape.  WCC president and CEO Dr. Rose Bellanca joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss both. 


Washtenaw Community College / wccnet.edu

Election day is coming up soon.  Even though voters are mainly focused on the presidential primary, other issues are on ballot as well, including a 10-year millage for Washtenaw Community College (WCC).  WEMU's David Fair has a conversation with WCC president Dr. Rose Bellanca about why this millage must be approved.


Washtenaw United
Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

Back in November 2017, Washtenaw County voters approved a millage to increase funding for mental health services and public safety.  In the last two years, those funds have been allocated to 11 new programs.  Derrick Jackson from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department and Lisa Gentz from Washtenaw County Mental Health Services join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about how these vital services have improved and what lies ahead in this week's "Washtenaw United."  


Scott Menzel
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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District's $53.2 million-dollar bond passed in Tuesday's election with  nearly 56% voter approval.  The result will be a new High Point School in Ann Arbor that better serves the nearly 400 of the county's special needs students.  District superintendent Scott Menzel joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss to discuss what happens next. 


Scott Menzel
Washtenaw Intermediate School District / washtenawisd.org

High Point School in Ann Arbor serves the special needs of students with disabilities from all school districts in Washtenaw County.  It is operated by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and serves students aged from three to 26.  Next Tuesday, voters will decide a bond issue that allow for investment of over $53 million in making the facility more accessible and functional.  WEMU’s David Fair sat down with WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel to learn more about the school, its students, and the details of what could be accomplished with passage of the ballot issue.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

There's a community forum taking place twice a month in Dexter known as "The Dexter Forum."  Karl Fink and John Hansen created and moderate the forum to discuss and share information about issues facing the community.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with them about how it got started, what's involved and who can participate.


Ypsilanti District Library
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

The local library has evolved into something much more than just a place to check out a book or peruse the Dewey Decimal System.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry reports on an upcoming library millage issue that will be before Ypsilanti voters on November 6th.


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Lincoln Consolidated Schools will ask voters next week to approve a bonding proposal to make improvements at the district.
 


Classroom
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Governor Rick Snyder can expect a controversial bill on his desk soon.  Lawmakers have passed legislation to send more money to charter schools. 


Courtesy photo / Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Creating a more effective way of utilizing the sheriff's office in the larger countywide effort to deal with mental illness.  That is a more attainable goal following passage of the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and Public Safety millage on Tuesday.  Sheriff Jerry Clayton joined 89.1 WEMU's David Fair for a look ahead. 


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

An 8-year, 1-mill tax for mental health and public safety services in Washtenaw County won roughly 64-percent voter support on Tuesday. The county won't start collecting that tax until December of 2018. Between now and the, the legality of the tax capture may end up in court. 


A mental health services and public safety millage wins countywide approval, while voters in the nine public school districts in Washtenaw County pass a special education renewal question. Two countywide millage issues on the ballot in Washtenaw county were both approved in Tuesday's elections.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

On November 7th, Washtenaw County residents will vote on an 8-year tax, one mill tax question. It's designed to improve public safety and mental health services, but the structure of the proposal has created divisions between communities. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton discusses his support of the tax proposal with WEMU's David Fair.


City of Ypsilanti / http://cityofypsilanti.com

By nearly a 2-1 margin on Tuesday, voters in Ypsilanti passed a Water Street debt retirement millage. Approval comes a year after city voters defeated a similar measure by 39 votes.  Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds tells WEMU city officials can now begin mapping out a better future. 


Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote tonight on language for a proposal for the November ballot.  


Lisa Barry

One of the issues on the ballot early next month in Washtenaw County will be a proposal to renew and restore the Non-Homestead Operating Millage for Ypsilanti Community Schools.

Lisa Barry reports, with the future of the city hinging on the success of its schools, opposition to the ballot proposal is difficult to find.

Petition
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The “Citizens for Ypsi” committee is trying to get the Water Street Debt Retirement Millage back on the ballot after voters turned away a similar tax issue last summer.  


Ypsilanti
Courtesy Photo / City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti will start the New Year looking for ways to improve its financial crisis.


Wally
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The North-South Commuter Rail, also known as WALLY, is a proposed project that would connect Ann Arbor and Howell with intermediate stops along the way.  A community meeting was held to inform the public on details about the project.


Voting Booth
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The day is here!  The polls are now open and will remain open until 8 o'clock tonight as voters decide the future of the country and many other local issues. 


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