Township road renewal millage on May 5 ballot

FLINT TWP. — Over the past ten years, township officials have spent about $5 million on local road repair, paid for with road millage money, said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller, as part of a reminder that a renewal of the 10-year millage will be put to voters on the May 5 ballot.

After reading aloud the language of the ballot proposal as part of her supervisor’s report Monday night, Miller said the millage money has been used for ditching, local road repair and maintenance and signal lighting improvements.

“It is not a perfect fix but has helped a lot,” she said. “Should this pass, we will do more.”

She noted that the state Proposal 1 also on the ballot, which includes funding for road repairs, does not apply to township local roads. It would pay for work on state roads such as Corunna Road but the Genesee County Road Commission only pays 50 percent of costs for primary road repair but nothing for neighborhood roads, she said.

Back in February, Township Trustee Frank Kasle argued against placing the renewal millage on the same ballot with the controversial state proposal, which appeared to be facing voter rejection.

The board voted six to one to move ahead with the May ballot, in part because May election costs are a “free ride” being paid by the state. Putting the township road renewal millage on an August or November ballot would cost the township at least $15,000, according to township clerk Kim Courts.

Here is the language for the road millage renewal that voters will see on the May 5 ballot:

Shall the previously voted increase in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution within the Charter Township of Flint, Genesee County, Michigan, of .50 mills, which millage increase will expire in 2015, be renewed for said Township in an amount not to exceed .50 mills ($0.50 on each $1,000 taxable value), against all taxable real and tangible personal property for a period of ten (10) years, 2016 to 2025, inclusive to provide funds for road maintenance and improvement? The first year of this levy shall generate estimated revenue of $400,221.

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