IMLAY CITY AREA — Local voters had mixed feelings towards two measures on yesterday's ballot. A three-year sinking fund proposal put forward by Imlay City Schools failed but a fire protection millage was easily approved by Imlay Township voters.
The sinking fund vote totals were 857 "no" votes to 631 "yes" votes. That equates to 58 percent opposed to 42 percent in favor. The fire millage, considered a renewal with a slight increase, was passed by a 151 vote margin— 290 (68%) in favor and 139 (32%) opposed.
This was the second time in a year that the school district sought a sinking fund. After it was defeated by a small margin, district officials opted to change their request from a four to three-year levy. As proposed, funding would have been used to repair sidewalks and parking lots, replace windows and doors and make upgrades to athletic facilities. According to the tallies per precinct, voters in the city of Imlay City overall supported the measure but a majority of residents in all of the district's townships were opposed.
Look for more coverage of the November 7 election results in the November 15 print edition of the Tri-City Times.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.