Whitmore Lake Schools voters soundly rejected a $12.3 million bond issue Tuesday. Superintendent Kim Hart says the un-official tally wasn't close: 690 "no" votes to 310 "yes" votes.
She says the main complaint the district heard from voters was that their taxes were already too high, particularly in Northville Township and Washtenaw County.
Hart says some tough decisions will have to be made going forward, because at this point any money needed for things the district needs to repair, remodel or replace will come directly out of the classroom.
In Dexter Township, James Drolett has won the republican primary for Supervisor, defeating Kathryn Bowring. Drolett will face incumbent Democrat Pat Kelly in November. In the Dexter Township Republican primary for the Treasurer's post, Libby Brushaber has defeated Mark Wojno. Brushaber faces no opposition in November.
In the Republican primary for Bridgwater Township's Board of Trustees, incumbent trustee David Faust and newcomer Wes Cowden won yesterday's vote. Both will be unopposed in November.
It'll be incumbent Democrat Pete Hafler facing Republican Brian Shelby in November for Augusta Township Supervisor. Both won their respective primaries yesterday. In the Augusta Township Clerk's race, incumbent Democrat Kathy Giszczak and Republican Kathleen McDonald won yesterday's primary and will square off in November. Challenger Linda Dew appears to have won the Democratic primary for Augusta Township Treasurer yesterday, defeating incumbent Susan Burek by less than one percent.
Overall, ballot propositions fared well in yesterday's voting in Washtenaw County. Superior Township voters said 'yes' to three money issues for police and fire services, and for a fund to defend the township's master plan and zoning ordinances. Manchester voters approve a millage increase for fir protection services, and York Township voters said 'yes' to a millage renewal for public safety services. In Sylvan Township, voters approved by a scant seven vote margin a tax increase to pay off a debt obligation to Washtenaw County.
In Ypsilanti Township, the Residents First team slate of incumbents soundly defeated the challengers from the Y-Town Future team except in the Parks Commission race. Brenda Stumbo is back in for another term as township supervisor; Karen Lovejoy-Roe remains township clerk, and Larry Doe remains Township Treasurer.
In Ann Arbor's 5th ward, Current councilman Carston Hohnke is not seeking re-election. Voters will choose from a pair of familiar faces seeking to fill that seat. WEMU's Andrew Cluley provides a preview.