Genesee County parks replacement millage OK’d

GENESEE COUNTY — Voters have approved a replacement millage to maintain and improve Genesee County Parks for the next 10 years.

With all 220 precincts reporting, the vote total was 68,217 (54.91 pct) yes to 56,020 (45.09 pct.) no, according to unofficial county election results.

There also were 8,477 under votes meaning that no selection was made on the ballot.

The approved 0.75 mills will replace a 0.4847 mills levy due to expire in 2016.

It will be assessed on all taxable property in the county and is estimated to raise $6,443,358 in the first year.

Funds will be used to maintain and improve playgrounds, educate children about nature, protect natural areas and the quality of rivers, lakes and streams, and provide outdoor recreation such as fishing, picnicking, paddling and trails for walking, biking or hiking.

County parks amenities include Crossroads Village and the Huckleberry Railroad For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum, Stepping Stone Falls, the Mounds ORV Area, the E.A. Cummings Event Center, Holloway Reservoir Regional Park, Buttercup Beach and various parks and outdoor recreational facilities countywide.

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