Washtenaw County voters overwhelmingly approved a new mental health millage on November 7, giving the proposal 64% of the vote.
The 8-year 1.0-mill property tax will reinstate vitally needed services that have been lost to state funding cutbacks. Since the cuts, the county’s mental health agencies have been operating on approximately one-third of their former $6 million annual budget.
The plan also provides funds for public safety, and for a rebate to communities that have their own police forces. The City of Ann Arbor has resolved to apply its rebate monies to affordable housing, pedestrian safety, and climate action. Ann Arbor voters OK’d the millage request in an even higher numbers than the rest of the county, with 73% of city voters casting a YES vote.
The climate portion will enable the City to jumpstart its climate action plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions in Ann Arbor 90% by 2025. More information on the climate plan can be accessed here. For more information on what the rebate funds will be used for, check out this file.