DEARBORN, Mich. – Dearborn voters can learn more about the three ballot proposals to be decided in the Nov. 8 election by watching a League of Women Voters forum on the topics on CDTV, the City of Dearborn’s official television channel.
During the Nov. 8 election, Dearborn voters will be asked to make decisions about temporarily increasing the funding for City services and authorizing a dedicated source of revenue for the library system.
A third ballot proposal asks voters to decide if the Civil Service System should be eliminated from the City Charter.
The Oct. 4 ballot proposal forum was hosted by the Dearborn-Dearborn Heights League of Women Voters in the Dearborn City Council Chambers.
CDTV is now broadcasting the ballot proposal forum on cable channel 12 on Comcast and cable channel 10 on WOW on the following schedule:
- Mondays and Wednesdays: 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. (Mondays only), 6 p.m., and 10 p.m.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 11 p.m.
- Fridays: 6 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m.
- Saturdays and Sundays: 8 a.m., 12 p.m., and 4 p.m. (Saturday only)
The League’s forum can be viewed any time at the City of Dearborn’s website, www.cityofdearborn.org.
During the forum, Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. addressed questions from the League of Women Voters and audience members about the three ballot proposals.
Proposal 1 asks voters to decide if the City’s operating tax rate should be temporarily increased by no more than 3.5 mills for no more than 5 years. The operating tax is the most critical source of funding for most City services.
Proposal 2 asks voters to decide if they want to authorize a 1 mill dedicated tax for library services for no more than 10 years.
The forum also includes a presentation by Eric Lupher, director of local affairs for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, who gave a general overview about Civil Service Systems.
His information was background for Proposal 3, which asks voters to decide if the Civil Service System should be eliminated in Dearborn.
City Attorney Debra Walling joined the Mayor in answering questions about Dearborn’s Civil Service System, which applies to certain City of Dearborn employees.
The League also held a forum with the candidates for the Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education. There are four candidates for two school board positions, which will be decided in the Nov. 8 election.
CDTV will broadcast the school board candidate forum every day from now until Nov. 8.
On the Nov. 8 election day, polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more election information, call the City Clerk’s office at 943-2032.