Thursday, March 5, 2020

Wayne voters asked to amend city charter

Voters in the City of Wayne are going to be asked to approve three amendments to the city charter on the upcoming March 10 ballot.
City officials are asking voters to amend the city charter to permit them to extend the current 1-mill tax dedicated to funding police and fire services for another six years. The current mill expires this year and the extension will keep the current property tax in the city at the same level.
Should voters defeat the millage, the tax rate could be lowered by 1-mill or $1 for every thousand dollars of assessed property valuation which is usually about half the market value of the property.
Officials have said that the millage is necessary to continue to provide adequate police and fire services in the city and that cuts in funding would have an impact on the public safety services.
Voters will also be asked to further amend the Wayne City Charter to extend the term of the mayor from two years to four years, beginning with the mayoral election set for Nov. 3, 2020.

The third proposal on the March 10 ballot is another amendment to the city charter to change the time of the regular meetings of the members of the Wayne City Council. Officials are proposing that officials be allowed to start the meetings between 6 and 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month.
City Clerk Tina Stanke said there are changes that the State of Michigan has made regarding the election.
In a prepared statement, Stanke said that  the upcoming March election is a Closed Presidential Primary, meaning voters must choose to receive a Republican Party Ballot, a Democratic Party Ballot, or a ballot without Presidential Primary. Absentee voters must select which ballot they want to receive before the city clerk's office can mail it to them, she added. She also cautioned that the absentee ballots look much different than they used to. Manila envelopes will no longer be used and voters will now receive a blue and white envelope that will contain ballot materials.
 She added that questions about the ballot or election process should be referred to her office at (734) 722-2204.
Polling places in Wayne will be open March 10 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m
In Wayne, Precinct 1 and Ward 1 and Precinct 2 and Ward 2 vote at Hoover Elementary School, 5400 Fourth St.; Precinct 3 and Ward 3 vote at Wayne Memorial High School - Alumni Arena, 3001 Fourth St.; Precinct 4 and Ward 4 and Precinct 5 and Ward 5 vote at Taft-Galloway Elementary School, 4035 Gloria St. and Precinct 6 and Ward 6 vote at Wayne Memorial High School - Alumni Arena, 3001 Fourth St.