Two millage renewals pass, Arts millage close call

GENESEE COUNTY — As of an hour after polls closing, the Mass Transportation Authority millage renewal appears to be likely to pass with Yes votes counted at 52,795 and No votes at 23,584. This will extend a 0.40 mills tax levy for another five years from January 1 2019 through Dec. 31, 2023 and amounts to 40 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value.

The millage renewal for Michigan State University Extension also appears to be a “Go” with 45,493 yes votes, and 30,492 no votes. The millage, which expired last December, is up for renewal for a period of four years, from Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2021. The tax levy is set for 0.04 mills, which translates to four cents on each $1,000 of taxable valuation and will provide funding for 4-H youth development and Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) community education programs costing the average county homeowner less than $2 per year.

The $87 million Arts Millage looks like it was going to squeak by with 39,717 yes votes and 36,056 no votes shortly before 11 p.m. This millage would be dedicated to arts in the area and allow free admission to many local art facilities. The average taxpayer in Genesee County would pay about an additional $48 a year in property tax to the county, if the millage is approved. — P.S.

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