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Ypsilanti, Michigan – Incumbents Floyd Brumfield and Andy Fanta will keep their seats on the Ypsilanti Board of Education. The two incumbents easily defeated challengers Melodie Gable and Allen Thompson.
District voters also approved restoring the millage on non-homestead property that was exempted under the Headlee tax limitation amendment to the state's constitution. That will bring at least another 200-thousand dollars to the district in the coming school year.

Lincoln-Consolidated Schools – Just over seven-hundred voters turned out for the school election in the Lincoln-Consolidated School District. 351-of them voted in favor of the Headlee rollback. 262-voted against. Jeffrey Stokes and Kimberly Samuelson won election to the school board.

Ypsilanti, Michigan – Voters in the Saline school district have returned Art Trapp and David Phillips to the district's board of education. Both were unopposed in yesterday's election.
In the Willow Run school district, incumbent Scott Wilson was unopposed for another four-year term. Newcomer Avery Hanningberg was unopposed for the remainder of a one-year term on the school board.

Manchester, Michigan – Incumbents Polly Jo Deacons and Lyndon Uphaus were re-elected to four-year terms in yesterday's Manchester school board election. The pair defeated challengers Dan Burch, Homer Meeks, Brad Roberts, and Gary Shear.

Milan, Michigan – Voters in the Milan School District have rejected a three-year sinking fund millage. The vote was 654 against to 353 in favor of the tax increase.
Milan voters also returned two incumbents to the school board. David Johnson and Ronald Tairant were re-elected to four-year terms.

Ypsilanti – Ypsilanti City Council has followed Ann Arbor's lead and approved an increase in water rates. Ypsilanti rates will climb five-percent to help offset increases passed on by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. There will also be a 22-percent increase in the surcharge that's used to pay for system improvements. Additionally, Ypsilanti water customers will no longer enjoy a discount for promptly paying bills, and a late fee will be assessed if the payment isn't received by the due date.

Ypsilanti – Ypsilanti City Council has approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes no funding for the Recreation Department. There is enough money left to keep open the Rutherford Municpal Pool, the Senior Center and the Parkridge Center through the summer months. The historic Freighthouse will be kept open through July of next year. Residents urged council Tuesday night to find the money to keep recreation programs for children and seniors in place. Council says funding simply isn't available, given the tight budget situation.

Ypsilanti – The Ypsilanti Board of Education election is approaching. The two challengers in the race are working as a team and using the slogan, "Continue the Excellence." The incumbants are stressing the need for change in the district.

Incumbants Floyd Brumfield and Andy Fanta, and challengers Melodie Gable and Allen Thompson all appeared at Monday night's "Meet the Candidates" forum. The event was sponsored by the Ypsilanti Education Association, the union representing district teachers.

Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor City Council has agreed to spend 114-thousand dollars to treat the city's stormwater system to kill mosquitos that could transmit the West Nile Virus. The money will be used to purchase and apply a larvacide. The larvacide will be applied this month, and again in June, July, and August. The allocation will cover the expense of a September application, if necessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washtenaw County Health Department had suggested the treatments.

Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor City Council has held it's first vote on proposed changes to the way water customers are billed. The city says changes, and corresponding rate increases, are necessary to maintain the system. The changes would have residential customers charged a fee for being connected to the system, Rates would be increased as water usage increases. A public hearing on the changes has been set for June 16th.

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