Residents Vote Yes on Anchor Bay Schools Millage Increase at Polls
The voters of New Baltimore, Chesterfield and Lenox Townships were in favor of the Aquatic Center millage increase May 8.
The tax increase for the Anchor Bay Schools Aquatic Center has passed.
Voters who headed to the polls Tuesday voted 'yes' on a three-year levy to keep the aquatic center afloat, passing the decision by a 56.5%-43.5% margin overall.
With all 17 precincts reporting, 1,850 people voted yes to approve the millage, and 1,425 people voted no.
A total of 3,279 people out of 22,178 registered voters cast ballots Tuesday for a voter turnout of 14.78 percent.
The tax will cost homeowners an average of about $30 per year. With upward of $430,000 needed to maintain the center, used by students and residents, the millage increase will bring in a total of approximately $518,000 the first year.
In New Baltimore, out of the 1,213 residents who headed to the polls, 778 voted 'yes' on the issue. This voter decision comes after New Baltimore city officials previously rejected the proposal to lease the aquatic center from the district for recreational programs, in an attempt to alleviate budget woes.
In Chesterfield Township on Tuesday, all but two precincts agreed to the tax increase. 967 of 2,016 voters total cast ballots against the proposal.
In Lenox Township, the results were much closer, with the millage passing just 26-24.
The half-mill tax was approved for three years.
Click here to see a full list of the voting results.