Voters show solid support for road millages in November Election

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Published: Nov. 7, 2018 at 12:59 PM EST
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Michigan voters continued to show their support for road funding by passing more than three-quarters of the 66 road millages on the ballot during the November 6 General Election, according to the County Road Association of Michigan. All 24 road millages up for renewal passed.

Of the 66 road millages on the ballot in 39 counties across the state, 51 passed during a mid-term election with strong voter turnout. Twenty-eight of the passed millages were new or additional, while 24 were renewals – all of which passed.

Of the millages passed, 18 were approved by at least a 2-to-1 voter margin; 10 of them earned 70 percent or more of the vote in their community.

The strong backing by the electorate comes three months after voters supported 96 percent of the total 168 millages on the ballot for the August Primary Election.

“Voters continue to echo the refrain that road funding is needed and valued,” said Denise Donohue, director of the County Road Association of Michigan. “These past two elections have made it clear that fixing our crumbling roads and bridges remains a top priority for Michigan residents.”

Voters approved 39 of the 49 township millages on the ballot, nine of the 13 city proposals and all three village proposals. The only countywide proposal on the ballot was a proposed new millage in Van Buren County that did not pass.

Including the Primary Election, 213 road millages were supported by voters in the last two elections.

Most local millages were put on the ballot to fund road repair and maintenance, which includes pothole repair, snow plowing, grading gravel roads and other preventive routine care. In some cases, local millages support work like resurfacing and reconstruction projects and other infrastructure improvements.

All election results are unofficial until approved by the state Board of Canvassers.

The 83 members of the County Road Association represent the unified voice for a safe and efficient county transportation system in Michigan, including appropriate stewardship of the public’s right-of-way in rural and urban Michigan. Collectively, Michigan’s county road agencies manage 75 percent on all roads in the state, including 90,000 miles and 5,700 bridges. Michigan has the nation’s fourth-largest local road system.

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