Mid-Michigan's May 3 Election Millage Breakdown 4-27-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Mid-Michigan's May 3 Election Millage Breakdown 4-27-2011

The May 3 elections are less than a week away, and a number of Saginaw County school districts are looking for new leadership.
Voters in Saginaw Township, Birch Run and Carrollton will select new school board members, as will Reese and New Lothrop schools.
Frankenmuth will also vote on an open school board spot, but the candidate in that district is running unopposed.
In Genesee County, the district library is proposing a .25 mill property tax increase. Without the millage, one of the system's 19 branches may close.
The new tax would raise more than $2 million paid by all Genesee County residents except those living in the city of Flint.
If the tax is approved, library officials said they will be able to keep services at their current levels.
Meanwhile, communities across Mid-Michigan are asking taxpayers for more money to keep public safety running at current capacities. They’re being asked to approve not one, not two -- but three millages this May all for public safety.
In addition to a millage for the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department, Buena Vista voters will see several measures on the ballot, including one to renew funding for public safety. But this time, officials are also asking for an increase.
Buena Vista Township Police Chief Brian Booker said if residents turn down the proposals, the effects will be devastating. If both proposals fail, four to five officers could lose their jobs. “We need the renewal and additional mil just to maintain what we have,” said Booker.
When it comes to cities or townships with less than 10,000 people, the Buena Vista Police Department is the most active in the state of Michigan. On average, the police respond to about 15,000 calls per year, and Baker said he can't imagine what it would be like if they had to lay people off.
And if both proposals fail in Buena Vista, the fire department will also have to make three to four layoffs.
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