FLINT TWP. — Township voters were not in a generous mood Tuesday. Along with voting down the State Proposal 1 road-plus measure, they also rejected renewal of the township’s 10-year road improvement millage.
It was close but with all 15 precincts reporting, the tally was 2,529 no votes (51.24 pct) to 2,407 yes (48.75 pct), according to unofficial results from the Genesee County Elections Division.
The outcome raises a concern expressed by Trustee Frank Kasle who argued that it could be detrimental to place the township road renewal millage on the same ballot as the controversial state proposal.
But the township board voted 6-1 to move ahead with the May balloting because it was “a free ride” paid for by the state.
By publication time, Township Supervisor Karyn Miller did not respond to a request for comment on the election outcome.
But township board members have indicated they may try again in the August primary election or the November general election. Township Clerk Kim Courts has said that putting the road renewal millage to voters on the August and/or November ballot would cost the township at least $15,000.
The 10-year road millage expires at the end of the year. It was first approved in 2006. The ten-year renewal —2016- 2025 — was expected to generate about $400,221 in its first year and would have been earmarked for local road improvement and maintenance.
Miller has said that road millage funds paid for about $5 million in local road repair over the past 10 years.