May 4, 2021 Michigan elections: What to watch in Metro Detroit

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Elections will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in certain Michigan communities.

In Metro Detroit there will be elections for multiple school bond or millage proposals and even a mayoral race in Wyandotte.

Here’s what to watch for in Metro Detroit:

Wayne County

Allen Park Public Schools: Voters are being asked to approve a $74,215,000 bond for the purpose of erecting, furnishing, and equipping additions to and remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school buildings and other facilities; acquiring and installing instructional technology in school buildings; purchasing school buses; erecting a storage building; and erecting, equipping, preparing, developing, and improving running tracks, athletic fields and facilities, playgrounds, parking areas, and sites. View the full sample ballot here.

Dearborn Heights School District No. 7: Voters are being asked to approve a $6,425,000 bond for the purpose of defraying all or part of the cost of remodeling and equipping or reequipping school buildings, including structures, athletic fields, or other facilities, or parts of or additions to those facilities; acquiring, preparing, developing, and improving sites, or parts of or additions to sites, for school buildings, including structures, athletic fields, and parking lots. View the full sample ballot here.

Livonia Public Schools: Voters are being asked to approve a $186,000,000 bond for the purpose of acquiring, installing, and equipping educational technology for school facilities; furnishing, equipping, and erecting additions to and remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school facilities; constructing, equipping, developing, and improving playgrounds and athletic facilities; purchasing school buses; and preparing, developing, and improving sites. View the full sample ballot here.

Northville Public Schools: Voters are being asked to renew a proposal that will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2021 tax levy. View the full sample ballot here.

Redford Union School District: Voters are being asked to approve a $59,270,000 bond for the purpose of defraying all or part of the cost of: Erecting, remodeling, and equipping or reequipping school buildings, including structures, athletic fields, playgrounds, or other facilities, or parts of or additions to those facilities; furnishing or refurnishing new or remodeled school buildings; acquiring, preparing, developing, and improving sites, or parts of or additions to sites, for school buildings, including structures, athletic fields, playgrounds, or other facilities; acquiring, installing, and equipping or reequipping school buildings for technology. View the full sample ballot here.

Romulus Community Schools: Voters are being asked to approve an operating millage proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its full revenue per pupil foundation allowance and restores millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963. View the full sample ballot here.

South Redford Schools: Voters are being asked to approve a $79,905,000 bond for the purpose of constructing additions to, equipping, furnishing, reequipping, refurnishing and remodeling existing School District buildings, including mechanical, energy efficiency, science labs, career technical education, and safety and security improvements, and elementary classroom and multipurpose additions; Acquiring and installing technology infrastructure and equipment; and improving and developing sites, including playgrounds, parking lots, athletic fields, outdoor athletic facilities and structures and demolition of the Gibson School in the School District. Look for the complete sample ballot here.

Woodhaven-Brownstown School District: Voters are being asked to approve a $144,000,000 bonding proposal for the purpose of erecting, furnishing and equipping school buildings and structures; erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to school buildings; remodeling, equipping and re-equipping and furnishing and refurnishing school buildings; acquiring, installing equipping and re-equipping school buildings for instructional technology; purchasing school buses; and preparing, equipping, developing and improving playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities and sites. Look up the sample ballot here.

Wyandotte city: Wyandotte has several races including mayoral, city council, city assessor, city clerk and city treasurer. You can view the candidates on the ballot here.

Wayne County election results can be found on the clerk’s office site.


Oakland County

Franklin village: Voters are being asked if Chapter XI, Section 5 of the Village of Franklin Charter should be amended to provide that the Council shall not have the power to construct any new sidewalks in residential areas, except that construction of new sidewalks shall be allowed along Franklin Road and Thirteen Mile Road. View the sample ballot here.

Northville Public Schools: Voters are being asked to renew a millage that would allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2021 tax levy. View the full sample ballot here.

Oak Park School District: Voters are being asked to approve a $54,445,000 bonding proposal for the purpose of remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school buildings; acquiring and installing instructional technology and instructional technology equipment for school buildings; and developing and improving sites? View the full sample ballot here.

West Bloomfield School District: Voters are being asked to approve a proposal that would allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance. View the full sample ballot here.

Oakland County election results can be found on the clerk’s office website here.


Macomb County

Memphis Community Schools: There are two proposals up for voters:

  • Operating Millage Renewal Proposal: This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2021 tax levy.
  • This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the building and site sinking fund millage that expires with the 2021 tax levy.

Macomb County election results can be found on the clerk’s office website here.


Monroe County

Monroe County-wide:

  • Monroe County Museum System Funding millage: Voters are being asked if this millage, which will expire after the tax collections in 2021, should be renewed for 0.10 mills and increased by 0.05 mills in accordance with the tax rate limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6, of the Constitution of the State of Michigan of 1963, such that the County of Monroe be authorized to levy up to 0.15 mills ($0.15 per $1,000.00 of taxable valuation, as finally equalized), upon the taxable real and tangible personal property within the County of Monroe, Michigan, for a period of ten (10) years, from 2022 through 2031, both inclusive, for the purpose of providing funding for maintenance, operations, staffing, capital improvements, and for general programs, and for County outreach programs, and for grants, to further the preservation and display of historical artifacts in Monroe County, and for possible partnering with the federal or Michigan governments, all to best use the Monroe County Museum System and the County’s historical artifacts, and to promote its programs, for the benefit of the citizens of Monroe County? The estimated revenue for the first year of the levy, if approved and levied in its entirety, shall be $991,500.
  • Monroe County Intermediate School District Regional Enhancement Millage Renewal: Voters are being asked to renew a millage that would allow the intermediate school district to continue to levy regional enhancement millage that will expire with the 2021 levy. Pursuant to state law, the revenue raised by the proposed millage will be collected by the intermediate school district and distributed to the constituent districts of the intermediate school district based on pupil membership count. View more information here.

Luna Pier city: Voters are being asked if Section 10.1 of the Charter be amended to authorize the City Council to levy an annual millage, not exceeding 1.900 mills ($1.90 per $1,000) upon all taxable property, for a period of four years, from 2022 through 2025 inclusive, for police protection.

Milan city: Senior Services Millage Renewal and Restoration Proposal: If approved, this proposal will authorize the City of Milan to levy 0.50 mill for the purpose of funding activities and services for persons 60 years of age and older. Of the 0.50 mill, 0.4721 represents a renewal of the 0.50 mill authorization approved by the electors in 2013, which will expire with the 2021 tax levy and 0.0279 mill represents a restoration of that portion of the same authority which has been reduced by application of the Headlee Amendment. View more information here.


Washtenaw County

Clinton Community Schools: Voters are being asked if Clinton Community Schools, Lenawee and Washtenaw Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Thirty-Four Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($34,800,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, for the purpose of: erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to school buildings; remodeling, equipping and reequipping and furnishing and refurnishing school buildings; acquiring, installing, equipping and reequipping school buildings for instructional technology; purchasing school buses; and preparing, developing and improving sites? View more information here.

Grass Lake Community Schools: If approved by voters, this proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its full revenue per pupil foundation allowance. View more information here.

Milan city: Senior Services Millage Renewal and Restoration Proposal: If approved, this proposal will authorize the City of Milan to levy 0.50 mill for the purpose of funding activities and services for persons 60 years of age and older. Of the 0.50 mill, 0.4721 represents a renewal of the 0.50 mill authorization approved by the electors in 2013, which will expire with the 2021 tax levy and 0.0279 mill represents a restoration of that portion of the same authority which has been reduced by application of the Headlee Amendment. View more information here.

Northville Public Schools: Voters are being asked to renew a proposal that will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2021 tax levy. View the full sample ballot here.

Pittsfield Charter Township: Voters are being asked if the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property within the Charter Township of Pittsfield, County of Washtenaw, Michigan be increased in an amount not to exceed 3.95 mills ($3.95 on each $1,000.00 of taxable value) for a period of 10 years, beginning in the year 2022 and ending in the year 2031, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds to the Department of Public Safety for operating expenses; for sworn police officers, firefighters and support personnel; for replacement and additional fire apparatus and equipment acquisition; for repairs to existing facilities; and for related program support for the Department of Public Safety? It is estimated that 3.95 mills would raise approximately $8,413,162 when first levied in 2022.

Washtenaw County election results can be found at the clerk’s office website here.


View: Full list of statewide May 4, 2021 elections by county


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About the Author:

Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.