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Wyandotte Election Primer for Tuesday's Ballot Issue

Wyandotte voters will decide a three- year, 1.75-mill tax hike when they head to the polls Tuesday.

Wyandotte voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether they want to pay more in taxes to keep the current level of city services.

is expected to generate about $1 million in revenue in the first year to help offset an estimated $1.4 million budget shortfall.

If approved, it will cost the average homeowner about $85 a year for three years, according to City Administrator Todd Drysdale.

If the millage is defeated, officials said, drastic cuts would have to be made to city services.

The tax question is the only item on Tuesday's ballot in Wyandotte.

The idea for the millage came as a result of weekly meetings of the which Mayor Joseph Peterson formed to look at the city's budget and come up with ways to cut costs or increase revenue.

The issue got contentious in August when when two City Council members–James DeSana and Sheri Sutherby-Fricke–. The two later changed their vote and allowed the issue to be put before voters for an ultimate decision.

A group entitled have pushed for the passage of the millage. The group, which is run by residents Richard Miller and Larry Tavernier, sent out postcards to absentee voters and paid for the blue lawn signs that appear throughout the city.

Wyandotte firefighters also have publicly backed the millage and paid for red lawn signs, which encourage a "yes" vote.

There have been no organized efforts in opposition.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Come back to Wyandotte Patch Tuesday night for full election results.

Because some of the voting precincts are inside schools, classes are canceled Tuesday for all of .

Wyandotte Voting Precincts

Precinct 1

646 Biddle Ave. Precinct 2

2306 Fourth St. Precinct 3
3131 Third St. Precinct 4
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633 Ford Ave. Precinct 5
VFW
633 Ford Ave. Precinct 6

2609 Tenth St. Precinct 7

1940 Ludington Precinct 8

1275 Fifteenth St. Precinct 9

1440 Superior Precinct 10  1940 Ludington

If you're unsure which polling precinct you are assigned to, see the PDF under the photos above.

Ferd Keller November 08, 2011 at 05:15 PM
First, we can't go to a volunteer department, as such because of Civil Service issues. And yes, that would efevct our insurance rates -- but, if we have to cut out one of our stations, or go so low as to severely understaff the fire department, that will also change our rating and there can be an increase in our homeowners, fire and renter insurance rates. And I'll wager more than the $85 per year the millage costs each of us. I guess for each of us it's a matter of where some increase hits us!
Sharon November 08, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Curtis - I am the wife of a law enforcement officer and I take great offense to your comment regarding police retirement salaries. Is it you out there in the cold, the heat, in inclement weather responding to distress calls or neighbor complaints? Is it you at home wondering if your husband will come home alive at the end of his shift and if your children will have one less parent? The police are the targets of a lot of inappropriate comments by people like yourself. I'd like to see you put on body armour on a hot day and wonder if someone is going to try to kill you on your next call. And as far as the firefighters are concerned, they are the ones you hope you never have to see at your house - start saving your money if the millage doesn't pass - you'll need it to cover the increase in your homeowner's insurance due to vital city services cut.
Greg Kazmierski November 08, 2011 at 07:58 PM
I wonder if Mr. Miller filled out the FOIA paperwork to find that out, or, if he used his position as election volunteer to ascertain that information about you being registered. just wondering. Seems kind of eerie to me.
Jeff Yoscovits November 27, 2011 at 03:22 AM
The money to pay the 13th check comes from interest earned on pension fund investment. Learn that facts before you comment!
Jeff Yoscovits November 27, 2011 at 03:31 AM
I'll bet your PBGC pension is higher than most retired WPD officers pensions.

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