Millages, candidates bring out suburban Detroit voters

Several suburbs asking voters to OK taxes

By Rod Meloni - Reporter, CFP ®

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Voters in several Detroit suburbs were faced with decisions on tax proposals Tuesday.

In Allen Park, voters were asked to approve a millage increase to pay for police and fire protection.

Claudia Partelli was one Allen Park voter to supported the proposal.

"We need our police and we need our firemen or otherwise our house insurance goes up," Partelli said.

Allen Park is currently operating under an emergency manager. The city is debt due to a movie studio project that failed. Voters like Chuck Whoolery supported the millage, despite the city's losses.

"We bought a white elephant that cost us money, but I voted for it because I think it's the right thing to do. We won't want to have volunteer firemen," Whoolery said.

Voter turnout was light in Dearborn, where the mayor, city clerk and all members of the city council are on the ballot. Anette Dudzinski said voters might not be energized because Dearborn is running smoothly.

"They probably feel everything is OK, all of the attention is focused on Detroit right now, so I guess that might take away attention from Dearborn," Dudzinski said.

Voters considering a Farmington schools bond proposal appeared split. The district wants to borrow a quarter billion dollars to rehab school buildings.

Terry Johnson was skeptical about how the money will be spent.

"I'd like to see more education in the classroom, maybe even smaller classrooms. This millage covers things like pretty buildings and sewers and roofs and things along those lines," Johnson said.

In  Pontiac, voters are electing their first mayor since a state-appointed emergency manager finished his work.  Voter turnout in Pontiac was reported to be light.

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