DETROIT (WWJ) – Low voter turnout in several metro Detroit communities, as few voters choose candidates and decide on critical tax questions.
Among the big issues, Detroit voters decided on school board members and if City Council members should be elected by district — instead of at large.
Voters in Detroit approved Proposal C — a revision to the city’s charter — which passed by a margin of 58- to 42-percent.
With the passage of Proposal C, now there will be an Office of Inspector General to investigate corruption, fraud and waste. And most city council members will now be elected by district instead of at-large.
Detroit School Board member and former state representative Lamar Lemons pushed for the passage of Proposal C.
“In particular with the ethics, I think that — and the transparency — are two of the things that I was most pleased with,” Lemons told WWJ’s Stephanie Davis. “As well as the elected body like Congress, like the state legislature, electing its own leadership.”
The proposal passed in an election that had just over 10-percent voter turnout.
In Allen Park, voters approved one tax proposal and rejected the other. Voters said yes to a police & fire tax issue, but rejected a proposal to make bond payments on the purchase of a failed movie studio. Resident Judy Skudlarek said no to Proposal 2.
“I just felt like at this point, our houses aren’t worth much..the value of them….to be adding all this to my taxes and to be honest with you, I just couldn’t go with the second one saying yes.”
William Matekus was elected the new mayor of Allen Park, defeating David Babbage. In Highland Park, incumbent Hubert Yopp was defeated by City Councilman DeAndre Windom.
Key mayoral races include Warren, Livonia, Ecorse, Inkster and Grosse Pointe Shores.
West Bloomfield had a pair of public safety issues on the ballot, while a failed movie studio project had Allen Park city officials hoping for passage of a bond proposal.
Roseville and Eastpointe voters were among cities deciding parks and recreation millages, while voters in Macomb County were being asked to approve a 1.2-mill property tax increase to fund special education.
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