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Informational Summary on 2020 Road Millage Ballot Proposal

by Colleen Paveglio
Friday, October 9, 2020

Ocotber 9, 2020 - Traverse City in collaboration with the Grand Traverse County Road Commission, Village of Fife Lake, and Village of Kingsley has developed informational communication on the 2020 Road Millage Ballot Proposal. Voters in Grand Traverse County will see the ballot proposal on the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot.

Nearly four years ago, the residents of Grand Traverse County were presented with a road millage ballot proposal renewal for road repairs and improvements. A simple majority of voters cast an approving vote to the tune of just over 70%. The November 3, 2020 ballot renewal requests asks the following question.

This proposal is for the purpose of renewing and restoring the previously approved 1 mill for Local Streets, Roads, Highways, and Bridges Repair and Improvement Millage beginning with the December 2020 tax levy for repair and improvement of streets, roads, highways, and bridges within Grand Traverse County.

Information has been documented and provided to give a four-year account of the road millage projects beginning in 2017. Over the last four years both City and County “fair-to-good” road ratings have improved significantly. These increases are attributable not only to completed millage road projects, but allowing regular road repair dollars to provide expanded routine maintenance ― fewer potholes on major roads allow funds to be reallocated to lower volume roads, and expand - ed activities such as improved drainage, tree removal, gravel road maintenance, ditching and shoulder improvements which extend a road’s life.

“Educating our residents is critical when a proposal such as the 2020 Road Millage is on a ballot. It is important to provide information on how dollars were used in the past and intent of the dollars in the future. We hope the residents in the City of Traverse City will find this educational tool helpful as they make their voting decisions in the November 3, 2020 election,” say Martin Colburn, City Manager.

To read the full report visit, https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/d1f55a841d46424196d3cd3e1115a2a0