DEARBORN/DEARBORN HEIGHTS — Voters took to the polls in Wayne County Tuesday, casting their votes in for Dearborn Heights City Council and a hotly contested millage proposal in Dearborn.
When the smoke cleared in Dearborn Heights, three incumbent city council candidates were able to retain their seats: Lisa Hicks-Clayton, Ray Muscat and Dave Abdallah, the Detroit News reported.
Hicks-Clayton led the way with 3,688 votes recorded, for 25 percent of the total number cast. Muscat came in second with 2,967 votes, or 20 percent overall, and Abdallah was third with 2,857 votes, or 19 percent of the total.
Next in line were challengers Stephen Henry with 2,225 votes (15 percent), Rose Tripepi with 1,724 votes (12 percent), and Larry Henney with 1,478 votes (10 percent).
Also in Dearborn Heights, the Crestwood School District millage proposal, which would have levied three mills for 16 years, did not pass. The final vote was cast in favor of the “no” side, with a total of 1,673 votes (56 percent) to 1,333 (44 percent) recorded.
In Dearborn, the city’s bond proposal for improving Dearborn Public Schools facilities and equipment was also closely contested, with the “no” side coming out on top by a final tally of 7,252 votes (52 percent) to 6,782 votes (48 percent).
The proposal sought to levy 1.67 mills in 2020, then 3.7 mills annually to repay a $240 million bond over no more than 20 years.
Proponents of the bond proposal said it wouldn’t constitute a net increase in taxes, while many opponents said the district would be better off constructing new buildings as opposed to improving the existing ones.
Stay tuned to The Arab American News for more coverage as the 2019 election continues to unfold.