October 31, 2012 - Voters in Oxford and Addison were definitely in a 'yes' mood in the Nov. 6 general election.
In Oxford Township, voters approved a two-year, 1-mill tax increase for police services by a margin of 4,191 to 4,044.
"I'm just proud as hell of everybody that participated in the (pro-millage campaign) and was part of the team we had to get information out to the public," said Oakland County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Patterson, commander of the Oxford substation. "I'm proud as hell that the public stepped up in these tough times and recognized the importance of keeping the area safe. It's awesome that people stepped up to do the right thing . . . The key thing is we have the support and the backing of the community to move forward and not backwards."
"I'm never thrilled about the idea of raising taxes, but in this case, we really needed it," said township Supervisor Bill Dunn. "Now, instead of cutting two sheriff's positions, we get to add up to two. I want to thank the voters who said yes."
The levy of this additional millage will begin with the December 2012 township tax bill. The first collection is expected to generate an additional $576,482 for the 2013 police budget.
Over in Addison Township, a five-year, 0.75-mill fire tax renewal/increase was approved 2,138 to 1,225.
Oxford Village voters gave their government permission to sell two pieces of municipal-owned property via two ballot proposals.
By a margin of 921 to 675, the village was granted the authority to sell the municipal complex and the 2 acres it sits on located at 18, 20 and 22 W. Burdick St.
The village is also now free to sell a 3.42-acre parcel it owns at 98 S. Glaspie St. That proposal passed 1,069 to 521.
Council has no immediate plans to sell either property nor are there any buyers waiting in the wings. Just because the village has been granted the authority to sell them doesn't mean they must be or will be sold.
The trustee race in Addison was the only contested township race affecting Leader readers. All four Republican incumbents won -- John Boehmer (2,163), Ed Brakefield (2,011), Linda Gierak (2,082) and John Sutphin (1,981). They beat non-party affiliated trustee candidates Terry Stevens (652) and Sereal Gravlin (436).
Although she didn't have a challenger or even appear on the ballot in Addison, Lori Fisher was elected as the new township treasurer. She ran as a write-in candidate and received 319 votes. The previous treasurer, Dan Alberty, passed away in late August after winning the Republican primary earlier that month. As a result, no names appeared on the ballot in the treasurer space.
A total of 3,608 (or 72.41 percent) of Addison's 4,983 registered voters participated in the Nov. 6 election.
State Rep. Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford) retained his seat representing the 46th District by defeating Democratic challenger Dan Sargent 27,766 to 15,810.
The race for the Oxford Community Schools Board of Education featured two candidates for two, four-year seats. Incumbent Carol Mitchell received 5,193 votes and newcomer Dan D'Alessandro garnered 5,124 votes.
CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.