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Voters could be asked to pay more to fix roads

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Voters in one Mid-Michigan county could be asked to vote yes to help fund road repairs.

An information meeting was held in Saginaw County Monday morning to talk about the issue.

County Commission Chairman Dennis Krafft hosted the meeting because he said he’s tired of constituents complaining about the condition of county roads. “I’m telling you, $400 million gets us to a spot where the roads are acceptable, right now they’re not,” Krafft said.

Road Commission Engineer Joseph Wisniewski said don’t expect the state to send any money to lower that figure. “So anything that the state would do is not going to amount to that kind of funding,” Wisniewski said.

The Road Commission is looking at asking voters for a one or two mill levy to raise roughly $10 million to make the roads more drivable.

A two mill levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $200 a year.

Response from people who attended Monday’s meeting was mixed.

Even if the measure goes before voters next year, and if they do approve it, no money would be collected to fix roads until 2017.

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