Howell Township Sewer Levy Increase (May 2011)

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A Howell Township Sewer Levy Increase measure was on the May 3, 2011 ballot in the township of Howell which is in Livingston County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 264
  • NO 876 Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to increase the current levy to a rate of $2 per $1,000 of assessed property value for a period of five years in order to help pay for sewer and water debt incurred by the township.[2] The township had expected more apartments and housing developments to be built, but due to the downturn in the economy few new houses were built leaving the township without the larger tax base it was expecting. So an increase to the current resident's property taxes was seen as the only alternative to pay the debts incurred.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution on all taxable real and tangible personal property within Howell Township, Livingston County, Michigan, be increased in an amount not to exceed 2 mills ($2 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of five (5) years, 2011 to 2015, inclusive, to provide funds for reducing and repaying a portion of Howell Township’s sanitary sewer and water debt; and shall the Township levy the additional millage for that purpose to raise an estimated $580,074 in the first year the additional millage is levied?[4]


  1. Livingston County Clerk, May Election Results
  2. Livingston County Clerk, Howell Township Proposal (dead link)
  3. Livingston daily, "Tax hike on ballot in Howell Township," May 1, 2011
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.