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      Millage vote could help maintain local roads

      The millage was first introduced as a winter maintenance plan, but was changed to a road millage because of the "need for year-round roadwork."

      Residents are being asked to vote this November on a road maintenance millage.

      The millage was first introduced as a winter maintenance plan, but was changed to a road millage because of the "need for year-round roadwork."

      The Grand Traverse Road Commission manager went before the County Commissioners on Wednesday to answer questions regarding the proposal. They voted unanimously to add the millage to the November 5th election ballot.

      To put the millage into context, if approved, residents with a $75,000 home would pay an additional $75 per year.

      Road Commissioners know a millage vote is an uphill battle, as votes to raise taxes are not typically well received, but manager Jim Cook says this millage is worth it.

      "We live in a fantastic area, it's very unique," Cook said. "It's a great place to live, but if you look at our roads, it's not so great. It's not something to be proud of and we want to be proud of our area. It supports our local economy with the tourism and for our residents."

      Currently, less than 20% of Grand Traverse County roads are rated in "good condition," but Cook said under this plan, that number could increase to 80% in the next 20 years.