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Board of Commissioners Unanimously Advance a Senior Millage Ballot Proposal to Second Reading

On June 5th, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to move a Senior Millage ballot proposal to a second reading that will be on July 10th. Washtenaw County is only one of 9 counties in the state that do not have a Senior Services Millage to support the older adults in their county. The population of older adults across the state, and the country, are continuing to grow and that is no different in Washtenaw County. Washtenaw County's older adult population makes up 21% of the total population and is expected to grow by close to 20,000 individuals by 2045. A Senior Services Millage is key to supporting the current population of older adults and to prepare for the increase in years to come.

This tax proposal would place an eight-year, 0.50 mill new tax on the November ballot to address unmet needs and gaps in service in Washtenaw County. If approved, this ballot initiative would raise $11.6 million in its first year, which is equivalent to about $.50 for every $1,000 of taxable value.

The second reading scheduled for July 10th at 7pm will decide if the Senior Millage ballot initiative will be placed on the November ballot. Contact your County Commissioners to let them know you support this initiative and submit public comment to share your stories and show approval for the initiative.

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