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Fenton ballot proposals to be explained at upcoming presentations

--Meetings will be held Oct. 4, 18 and Nov. 1 at community center

The city of Fenton will host three public meetings for the purpose of providing information to city voters on two proposals that will appear on the November ballot.

Members of the Fenton City Council and city administrators will make the presentations on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m., at the Fenton Community and Cultural Center, 150 S. LeRoy St., Fenton.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to talk with Fenton residents about how we can improve the condition of our city’s infrastructure,” said Fenton Mayor Sue Osborn. “Residents will be asked to vote on two separate items, both of which need to pass if we want to fix our roads. It’s important we do our best to inform the community and provide detailed explanations on what to expect if the proposals pass.”

Proposal No. 1 asks to amend the city charter and change the current levy from three to 10 years, with the millage during the 10-year period being used exclusively for road and street improvements. The second proposal asks voters to approve a 5-mill road improvement millage, at a cost to the average homeowner of $4.78 a week, with the exclusive purpose of using the money to improve roads and streets within the city of Fenton.

“It’s critical that Fenton residents, who have a stake in our community, fully understand the two ballot proposals they will be asked to vote on in November,” said City Manager Lynn Markland. “Our roads are in rough shape and getting worse, and we expect the proposals will raise an estimated $2 million for neighborhood roads in the first year alone. Passing both proposals means making a smart, efficient investment today to avoid extra costs to residents in the future.”
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