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And the results are...

Preliminary numbers for primary election

August 04, 2010 - Clarkston voters narrowly rejected a five-mill charter amendment, which officials said was to save the city police department.

Half of the city's registered voters cast ballots, Aug. 3, a heavy turnout for a primary election.

"We've been busy, busy," said Marcy Rotondo, Clarkston City Hall administrative assistant, Tuesday morning.

Out of 818 registered voters, 409 cast ballots. Of those, 203 voted "no" and 195, "yes," a difference of eight votes. Eleven ballots did not register votes on the millage. The proposal was to amend the city's charter to increase maximum millage from 15 to 20.

Independence Township's police millage renewal and increase, and library millage renewal all passed comfortably.

Police renewal, 2.0547 mills for four years, was approved with 4,321 "yes" votes, 3,903 "no." The increase, l .8953 mills for four years, was approved, 5,419-2,662. The four-year 0.691-mill library renewal passed, 6,009-2,119.

Sandy Miller of Independence Township's election department said voter turnout was about the same as past primaries, but still considered on the "light" side.

Out of 25,442 registered voters, 8,515 cast ballots, for a 33.5 percent turnout.

Springfield Township's four-year, .75 mill Parks and Recreation proposal passed, 1,694-1,466. Out of 10,403 registered voters, 3,247 cast ballots, or 31.2 percent.

– Phil Custodio

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