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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Millage renewals pass in Ypsilanti Township

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Stumbo: 'It was a low turnout but overwhelming support.'

By Christine Laughren
May. 6, 2009    ·    3:33 p.m.

Tuesday’s election revealed residents in Ypsilanti Township had no qualms about approving millage renewals for police, fire, recreation and refuse disposal.

The four millage increases were approved with more than 60 percent of the vote in each instance. Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo said township staff are “grateful and humbled” by the support of the voters.

“I’m so proud to be in a community that recognizes the importance of providing services, especially in these tough economic times,” Stumbo said today.

Fire protection saw a four-year 2.8 millage increase ($2.80 per $1,000), for fire, prevention, rescue services and equipment reserves. The first year of this levy is estimated to generate $4,380,502 in revenue.

The township will also levy a four-year 3.5 millage increase for police protection which includes law enforcement services, community policing/neighborhood watch and ordinance enforcement. The first year of this levy is estimated to generate $5,475,627 in revenue.

A 1.01 millage, expected to generate $1,573,695 in revenue over the first year of the four-year millage, was approved for recreation. Te revenue would provide for recreation/park facilities, bike paths, repair of sidewalks, roads and general operating purposes.

Finally, a 1.68 millage increase was approved for providing revenues for garbage, refuse collection, recycling, composting, disposal of solid waste, energy conservation, alternative energy, water quality and environmental protection. The first year of the four-year millage increase is expected to generate $2,628,301 in revenue.

Stumbo said it was important to have the millages renewed as tax revenue is down by 6 percent this year and is expected to decline by about 20 percent next year. She said she did not increase the millages this time around because she did not want to burden the taxpayers.

“With the economy the way it is, the stress and the value of our homes plummeting, the (township) board and I did not think that was the good thing to do,” she said.

Voter turnout was at 8.44 percent for the proposals.

Stumbo said, although turnout was low the support was “overwhelming.”

Citizen info
Click here to view Washtenaw County’s cumulative report of Tuesday's election.

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