Mid-Michigan Votes: Today's Election Breakdown 5-03-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Mid-Michigan Votes: Today's Election Breakdown 5-03-2011

Many Mid-Michigan voters are hitting the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots on several big issues.
In Saginaw County, voters will decide whether to pass a five-year, 1-mill property tax increase. Sheriff Bill Federspiel said if it doesn't pass, 35 people in his office will be laid off. The Saginaw County jail would also lose 160 beds with the cuts.
Buena Vista Township residents will have a chance to decide on two tax levies. Residents will vote on two separate, 10-year, 2-mill property taxes to run the police and fire departments. One is a renewal, the other an additional tax.
The ballot language for both also says "a portion will be disbursed to the charter township of Buena Vista downtown development authority." Each would raise $436,000 in the first year.
And residents in Bay County’s Bangor Township will be asked to fill two seats on the school board. On the ballot are Richard Kowalski and two write-in candidates, Patrick Shaffer and Jacob Sopczynski. Both open spots are 4-year positions. Polls there will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In Genesee County, voters in Flint will decide on a millage that would re-open the city jail. It would also pay for additional police officers and city employees. Mayor Dayne Walling saif the average resident would see their taxes increase about $40 per year.
A 3-year tax proposal would raise $2 million to operate the jail. Also on the ballot in Flint: a proposal to renew a 2-mill tax for 6 years for the police department. That money pays for about 15 officers, and without the renewal, the city said that officers would likely be laid off.
Count on WNEM TV5 for complete coverage as Mid-Michigan votes. We'll have all the results posted at WNEM.com and a recap on TV5 News at 11 p.m.
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