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Ypsilanti Officials And Residents WIll Debate The Water Street Millage At EMU

Jun 29, 2016

Ypsilanti officials are pushing to convince voters to pass a 2.3 mil on the August ballot to pay down debt on Water Street.

 

 

The redevelopment project has become a financial burden for the city, which annually pays about $1.3 million the project’s bond debt. Officials warn that if the millage isn’t approved, the city will need to make substantial budget cuts, including layoffs and city service reductions.

But some Ypsilanti residents are fed up with the amount of money the city has spent on Water Street.  In an effort to present both sides of the issue, the League of Women Voters has organized a debate between the city and activists.  Mayor Amanda Edmonds, City Council members,  and members of the citizens group Stop City from Increasing Taxes will meet Thursday for a public discussion on the millage.

The debate starts at 5:30 PM at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center. Seating is limited, but residents can register online to attend.

Find a link here.

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— Amanda LeClaire is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her aleclair@emich.edu