DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s time to make your voices heard: Tuesday is Election Day across metro Detroit.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on August 6.
This year, all eyes will be on Detroit, where voters will have 16 mayoral candidates and more than 50 city council candidates to choose from. The top two vote-getters for mayor will square off in the November general election.
According to city elections officials, only about 15 to 17 percent of Detroit’s registered voters are expected to cast ballots Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
Voters are deciding mayoral primaries in several other cities as well, including Pontiac, Romulus, Dearborn, Taylor, Hamtramck, River Rouge and Ecorse.
Tuesday’s election isn’t just about voting for city leaders — there’s also a number of local issues voters will be deciding.
In Oakland County, voters in Farmington will have an extra tax bite at stake. Residents are being asked to approve a $200 million plan for remodeling school buildings, acquiring new technology and upgrading fields and playgrounds. The plan calls for a new secure entry lobby to restrict access to the schools, along with other safety measures. Officials estimate the plan will cost residents an extra $7 to $9 per month.
Other cities considering similar school bond proposals include Lake Orion and South Redford.
In Macomb County, St. Clair Shores is asking for a $2.6 million tax increase for police and fire.
Likewise, Harrison Township is asking for a 1.5 mill tax increase to save the jobs of three firefighters, and another increase to build a library.
Residents in Allen Park are also voting on a millage proposals for police and fire services that are expected to cost the average homeowner an extra 74 cents a day. Officials say if the measures don’t pass, 15 people from the fire department will be laid off, along with six people from the police department.
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