Primary Day: Flint Charter Revision passes, several county-wide millages gain support

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(WJRT) - (08/07/17) - Public safety, school upgrades, city council races and more!

A number of issues faced voters at the polls on Tuesday for the August Primary Election.

Several local communities were asking for support, bringing the local race total to about 35.

One that's been talked about for months is the revision of Flint's City Charter.

Among the proposed changes... stronger ethics and renewing the importance of the Ombudsman office, something that hasn't been active in the city for years.

The proposal passed by about two-thirds of the vote.

"The city must change to move forward through the revision in the charter," said Pastor Allen Gilbert of the Flint Charter Commission. "I'm very grateful and happy for our entire city because the city needs to go down a path that will bring us back to reinvention and we can lead and not follow."

There are also city council seats being narrowed down in 6 of the city's 9 wards. The city of Burton advanced 6 of 7 council candidates to the November general election. Four Bay City commissioner candidates are also moving on, hoping to represent two of the city's wards.

A few counties were banking on county-wide support.

Tuscola County is one of them with public safety on the line. Voters there voted YES to support a sheriff patrol millage which will give them the funding needed to hire 5 deputies and a K9 team. A county wide senior millage also passed.

In Huron County, all three of the county wide millages passed. So that's a yes for senior, transit and veterans millages.

As of early Wednesday morning, results for proposals in Saginaw County and Shiawassee County had not come in.

For a complete list of results in your community, click on the 'Related Links' section of this web article to go straight to our election page.


(08/08/17) - The polls will open rain or shine in several mid-Michigan communities first thing Tuesday morning.

It's the August Primary and there are a few communities with big issues on the ballot.

Flint residents will be weighing in on the city's charter revision along with council seats in 6 of the 9 wards.

Among smaller township and school district millages, there is a county-wide Sheriff's Millage in Tuscola County and a few county-wide senior millages.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Count on ABC12 to bring you the results and you can click on the 'Related Links' section for a complete list online.

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