Voters support repurposing green space millage for road maintenance

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published August 5, 2014

ROCHESTER HILLS — Voters overwhelmingly supported an Aug. 5 primary ballot proposal, approving the repurposing of an expiring green space millage for local road maintenance, according to unofficial results by the Oakland County Elections Division.

The ballot question earned 8,474 yes votes and 3,094 no votes, with a total of 11,568 votes cast.

In 2005, voters passed a green space millage to generate funds for protecting and preserving green space areas in the city. Since the millage was approved, more than 100 acres of land have been purchased for protection in the city with green space funds.

Approved for five years, the expiring 0.2972-mill green space tax will provide $915,000 for local road maintenance beginning in 2016. Local road maintenance will include snow plowing, pothole repairs on paved streets, grading and gravel applications, and road rehabilitation projects.