Dexter cityhood, millage proposals pass
Voters in Dexter approved cityhood in a close, relatively high turnout contest. Unofficial results from Washtenaw County, show that the proposal passed with 460 yes votes (53%) to 408 no votes (47%) with a turnout of 28.68% in Precinct 1 of Scio Township and 16.70% in Precinct 3 of Webster Township. These figures made Dexter cityhood both the closest and the highest turnout question on Washtenaw County ballots today.I can take comfort in both my ability to write for Examiner being extended and in the voters in my former county of residence voting, sometimes overwhelmingly, against austerity.
The yes vote allows the incorporation of Dexter into a Home Rule City to continue. The next step will be the election of a Charter Commission, which will draft the proposed city's charter.
Elsewhere in Washtenaw County, turnout was much lower, with only 5007 (12.28%) of the 40,760 registered voters in the jurisdictions voting tonight turning out. Despite the low turnout, all millages on the ballot were renewed. The bonding proposal for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools also passed, although it lost in the Washtenaw County portion of the district.