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Posted on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 12:40 p.m.

Judge rules Sylvan Township millage recount can move forward

By Staff

A judge ruled Wednesday that the Sylvan Township water and sewer debt millage recount will happen, the Chelsea Standard reported.


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The 4.4 mill request passed by 7 votes, 480 votes to 473 votes, in the August primary election. A township resident requested a recount, but the Washtenaw Board of Canvassers determined that the bags holding the ballots had not been sealed properly, and therefore, a recount could not be conducted.

Circuit Court Judge Archie Brown ruled Wednesday that the recount would move forward within 21 days. The Washtenaw County director of elections told the Standard he was confident the recount could be completed next week.

The tax would raise funds over a 20-year period to pay the county back about $13 million Sylvan Township owes in back taxes and for payments absorbed by the county after the township defaulted on a loan for a water and sewer development project.

Read the full report from the Chelsea Standard.



Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 6:54 p.m.

How much do you want to bet there are now more than the 953 votes in the first count?

Basic Bob

Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 9:26 p.m.

It's possible that some were judged by the scanner to be "unmarked" in the first count.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 11:25 a.m.

If it passes, the citizens will pay back the money at about it 4 mils? If it fails they will pay it back at 9. As upset as everybody is at this fiasco (granting a developer everything they want then paying them to leave) I think it would be better to just take the medicine now. What happens if a new developer moves into the area and finishes the development? Will the taxpayers get refunds when the tapping fees are paid?

Basic Bob

Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 7:16 p.m.

The bags must have been sealed well enough.