Thursday, July 28, 2022

Local millage questions on Tuesday ballot

Voters throughout the area will be asked to make important decisions next Tuesday during the scheduled Primary Election Aug. 2.

Votes must be partisan and voters can only choose all Democrat or all Republican candidates to move on to the Nov. 8 ballot where many will face challengers from the opposing party. The Primary Election determines who will be on the ballot in November.  

Voters cannot choose candidates from each party but must cast votes for candidates all from the same party. Any cross-party voting will spoil the ballot and the vote will not be counted, local election clerks cautioned. Voters should have a photo identification with them, if possible. 

In addition to the Wayne County, State of Michigan and Representative in Congress terms on the ballot, several communities are asking voters to approve local tax millage questions along with the Wayne County request for a millage to fund a juvenile detention facility. 

Voters should remember, in many communities to complete both sides of the ballot, clerks said. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. in most communities. Potential voters in line for ballots at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Absentee ballots are still available at local clerks' offices but dependent on the date they are issued, voters may be required to complete them at the municipal office.


Voters in these three communities will be asked to approve the levy of 0.6864 on taxable property in geographic boundaries of the Belleville Area District Library. The millage request is for 15 years, 2022 until 2036 and will provide funds for library operating purposes. The revenue collected, if voters approve the request, is expected to total $1,189,137. This millage restores the levy that expired in 2021. 


In both the City and Township of Northville, voters will also be asked to approve a renewal of a 0.18955 against taxable property. The renewal is for 10 years, 2023 until 2032 and will be used for general library operating purposes. The millage will generate an estimated $524,519 in 2023. Of that, an estimated $11,195 will be disbursed to the Northville Township Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, which is revenue from properties located with the district of that authority. The previous library millage was 0.2 mills.


Voters will be asked to continue the levy not to exceed 4 mills for 5 years to fund public safety services including police and fire protection in the community. This continued levy would be effective from 2024 through 2028.


Voters will be asked to approve a 2-mill levy to fund the township police department. The 2 mill levy will continue for 4 years, starting this year and continuing through 2025 and be dedicated to funding police protection, operations and maintenance of the Sumpter Township Police Department. The millage is estimated to generate $765,000 the first year it is levied. The previous, expired levy was reduced to $1.96088.

Sumpter Township voters will also be asked to renew an expired 1 mill public safety millage dedicated to funding the Sumpter Township Police Department. The expired millage had been reduced to .98044 mills. The renewal would generate approximately $382,500 the first year dedicated to funding police operations and maintenance.

Voters in Sumpter Township will also be asked to choose between current Township Treasurer Vincent Warren and challenger Sheena Barnes on the Democratic side of the ballot for a term ending in November of 2024. The winner will face Republican candidate Bart Patterson in November.


Wayne County is asking voters to continue a 2021 millage, first authorized by voters in 2012 of .9358 mill, or about 94 cents per thousand dollars of taxable valuation for another 10 years. The revenue from the renewal of the millage will be used to operate the Wayne County juvenile jail or detention facilities and adult penalty options. At least one tenth of the revenue from the millage must be used to acquire, build and operate a juvenile offender work/training institution. 

The renewal is estimated to generate about $45,074,507 in tax revenue this year.