U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, will be heading to the Nov. 4 ballot against Democrat Pam Byrnes after defeating Douglas Radcliffe North from Jackson for the GOP nomination in the Tuesday, Aug. 5 primary. Byrnes ran unopposed.
Walberg earned 38,047 votes, 79 percent, to North’s 9,993. In Tecumseh, voters supported Walberg by giving him 338 votes to North’s 89.
Countywide, the senior citizen millage renewal passed with 78.15 percent of votes, 6,498 votes cast in support. In Tecumseh, the millage renewal saw support with 624 votes with only 134 votes against it.
The millage, for .5 mills from 2014 to 2020, provides numerous services for senior citizens in the county. It is expected to raise an estimated $1,530,473 the first year. An owner of a home valued at $100,000 will pay no more than $25 a year.
Proposal 1, the state initiative to continue phasing out personal property tax for businesses in the state passed with 69 percent of the vote, 854,339 votes in total. Only 377,655 votes were cast in opposition.
Tecumseh residents supported the proposal 531 to 221. In the county, Proposal 1 passed with 71.18 percent of the vote.
The proposal not only phases out personal property tax for businesses, but also replaces lost municipal revenue. Tecumseh will have the entirety of the $360,000 it earns from personal property tax replaced by the state with expiring state tax credits, a small tax on certain manufacturing items and by part of the use tax paid by out-of-state suppliers.
In the race for the GOP nomination for the Lenawee County Road Commissioner, incumbent Donald Isley lost to Mike Slusarski. Isley earned 2,000 votes while Slusarski edged with the win by earning 2,916 votes.
Slusarski will now go on to face Democrat Richard Youtsey in the November election. Youtsey ran unopposed. In Tecumseh, Slusarski eanred 237 votes to Isley’s 153.