Here’s a rundown of local elections held Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
Voters in Bridgeport have rejected a millage to build a new township hall. By a count of 864 – 723, residents voted no on a 21 year, 1.99 mill tax that would have funded a $7.7 million facility to house operations for township staff as well as police and fire personnel. Bridgeport Township leaders predict the measure will appear again in next year’s election. The decision during the lection means 25 full-time employees – as well as 18 paid, on-call firefighters – will remain in temporary office space officials say does not provide adequate room to provide township services. The proposed building’s centralized location also would have increased response times for public safety calls for residents in parts of the township,
Voters in Tuscola and Lapeer counties have approved an operating millage renewal for Mayville Community Schools. Unofficial results show 521 yes votes to 308 no. The 17.1 mill renewal will run from 2022 – 2026, generating about $750,000 the first year.
In Huron County’s Caseville mayoral race, Christopher Stahl unseated incumbent Patricia DesJardins 83 – 70. Stahl also beat Debra Estep, who only received 28 votes. A five year, two mill city street millage also passed 138 – 43.
In Bad Axe, mayor Kathleen Particka ran unopposed. And voters in McKinley Township approved two millages, a trash collection millage and a fire and emergency services millage.
A bond proposal for Mount Pleasant Public Schools passed yesterday in a 2,675 – 1,747 vote. The 15 year, $45.9 million bond was requested for necessary upgrades and updates to aging equipment, buildings and facilities.
In the city of Mount Pleasant, three people were elected to the city council: Liz Busch, Maureen Eke and Amy Perschbacher, defeating Phil Kruska and Dan Hess.
In Bay County’s Essexville, the only election in the county, council members Dennis Rondeau and Todd Wendt ran unopposed, retaining their seats.
Several elections were held in Gladwin County. A county wide gypsy moth suppression millage passed 1,986 – 933. In the city of Gladwin, voters approved a mosquito abatement renewal 224 – 64.
In Beaverton, Mayor Raymond Nau retains his seat, while city council members Jennifer Harper and Nila Frei also keep their seats. Council welcomes a new member, Joseph Andrist.
A Butman Township road millage and a Clement Township fire and rescue services millage also passed.