Local road tax demand in Livonia receives strong support from voters

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Voters in Livonia have overwhelmingly backed a local road tax that will fund projects on the city quarter and main roads for the next 10 years.

According to unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary election, 20,072 people voted in favor of the mileage and 5,094 people voted against. All election results are unofficial until certified by the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.

The tax replaces an expiring road mile adopted by voters in 2012 and would force residents to pay slightly more than they already do – the current mileage rate is 0.8773 while the new one is 0.89 – for local roads. A mill costs $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value on a property.

The current mileage generates approximately $3,552,000 annually.

This year, the mileage is helping pay for neighborhood improvements and is expected to pay for work on some major city-controlled roads like Gill Road, West Chicago Street and St. Francis Street in future years.

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Voters voted August 2, 2022 at Riley Upper Elementary School in Livonia.

Garden City, Redford Primary Election Results

In Garden City, voters passed a five-year, $15 million bond to improve city streets. On average, property taxpayers can expect to pay 4.7746 mills per year. Unofficial results show that 3,399 people voted for the proposal and 1,855 people voted against.

Voters in the Garden City Public Schools District also approved an operating mile of 19.1786 for local schools. The mileage will be levied between 2024 and 2028 and replaces a tax expiring in 2023. 3,236 people voted for the tax and 1,754 people voted against.

Garden City voters also participated in a mayoral primary. Voters advanced Mayor Randy Walker and Mark Jacobs in the November election. Walker received 2,279 votes and Jacobs garnered 1,700. The third candidate, John Murray, received 765 votes.

In Redford Township, voters approved a two million levy that will fund operations of the Redford Township District Library for the next 20 years. The levy will also fund renovations to the library’s largely unused second floor.

The proposal received 5,765 approval votes and 2,676 rejection votes.

Contact reporter Shelby Tankersley at [email protected] or 248-305-0448. Follow her on Twitter @shelby_tankk.

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