(Chelsea Update would like to thank Emily Kizer for the information in this story.)
Washtenaw County voters will be asked on Aug. 4, to renew and restore the 0.5 mill four-year county-wide roads and non-motorized millage.
The public is invited to join the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) and Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission (WCPARC) on Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. for a virtual Zoom meeting to learn more about the millage and proposed projects.
If renewed/restored, the 0.5 mill is expected to generate approximately $8.9 million per year for roads and non-motorized pathway projects.
The 4-year, 0.5 mill roads and non-motorized millage was first approved by 71 percent of county voters in 2016.
In April 2020, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved to place the renewal and restoration of Roads and Non-Motorized Millage: 2021 – 2024 on the August 4, 2020 ballot.
In summary, the millage if renewed would generate:
Approximately $4 million per year allocated to the WCRC to improve more than 215 miles of road across Washtenaw County over 4 years
Approximately $3.1 million per year returned to cities and villages within Washtenaw County to invest in roads and non-motorized projects, with specific distributions based on the amount raised within a municipality’s borders.
The City of Ann Arbor would receive approximately $2.4 million per year.
Approximately $1.8 million per year allocated to the WCPARC to support the expansion of the county’s non-motorized path network through the Border-to-Border Pathway Project and the Connecting Communities Grant Program.
A detailed project plan for each year of the proposed millage can be found at https://bit.ly/washtenawroadsandpathsmillage.
The Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission, founded in 1973, currently manages 14 parks and 33 nature preserves totaling more than 6,000 acres. Washtenaw County Parks provides recreational and nature-based programming. Visit www.washtenaw.org/parks, on Facebook and Instagram, or call (734) 971-6337 for more imformation.
The Washtenaw County Road Commission, founded in 1919, maintains approximately 1,652 miles of certified public roads. All public roads in Washtenaw County located outside of city and village limits are maintained by WCRC crews. Visit www.wcroads.org, @WashtenawRoads on Facebook and Twitter, or call (734) 761-1500 for more information.