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Wyandotte Voters Decide 3 Mill Levy Issue: May 6 Election Results

Voters in Wyandotte decided a ballot question Tuesday on levying 3 mills over five years to correct a structural deficit.

Wyandotte Voters Decide 3 Mill Levy Issue: May 6 Election Results

Wyandotte voters approved a ballot issue Tuesday to amend the city charter to levy 3 mills for five years for general operating purposes.

The proposal passed, 1,589 votes to 759 votes, or a margin of 68 percent of 32 percent.

The levy is expected to raise $1.112 million when first levied in 2014.

Its intent is to erase a structural deficit, rather than pay for new services, The News-Herald reports.

City Administrator Todd Drysdale said the city’s financial problems are a result of plummeting property values, underperforming financial markets, pension funding issues and the state’s failure to fully fund revenue sharing to cities.

As a result, the city has laid off workers, cut benefits and implemented other cost-saving measures that have reduced city services.

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