Election 2011
11:09 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Lansing voters pass public safety and road millage

Update 11:09 p.m.

Voters rejected it in May, but supported it in November.

Lansing residents have voted to increase their taxes to pay for public safety.

From the Lansing State Journal:

The city of Lansing’s millage proposal passed with all precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

Nearly 52 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the millage.

The five-year, 4-mill proposal will generate $7.6 million in the first year for police and fire services and local road maintenance.

9:55 p.m.

The Lansing millage proposal is too close to call. From the Lansing State Journal:

The city of Lansing’s millage proposal was too close to call with 70 percent the precincts reporting.

The millage had slightly more “yes” votes as vote tallying continued.

The five-year, 4-mill proposal would generate $7.6 million in the first year for police and fire services and local road maintenance.

Meanwhile, the Red Cedar Golf Course proposal appeared to have voter support. So far, more than two-thirds have voted in favor of authorizing the city to sell a portion of the municipal golf course that closed in 2007 due to budget constraints.

9:43 p.m.

The city turned down a millage increase last May that would have prevented deep cuts to public safety.

Now they're voting on the issue again.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says now that voters have seen the results of the cuts, he's more optimistic voters will approve this millage increase.

From the Lansing State Journal:

The five-year, 4-mill proposal would dedicate funds for police and fire services and local road maintenance. If approved, the city estimates it would raise roughly $7.6 million next year.

"In May, I had no idea," Bernero said of the likelihood of success in the spring ballot proposal, which was defeated by 601 votes weeks before the layoffs.

He is optimistic about its chances today: "It's more real now to people."

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