Breana Noble The Detroit News Published 11:28 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 Voters in Oakland County voted Tuesday to continue a millage funding the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, better known as SMART, through 2021 and in Macomb voters approved the measure by the slimmest of margins. In Macomb the measure passed by 23 votes. The final unofficial results showed the millage passed 77,502 to 77,479. In Oakland County, the levy passed easily, with 77 percent voting yes, according to final, unofficial returns. Wayne County voters appeared to be approving the levy as well, according to incomplete results. The measure would slightly increase the millage in Macomb and Oakland counties to 1 mill, which Wayne County residents already pay. SMART is southeast Michigan’s only regional public transportation provider. The system provides nearly 10 million rides annually. Critics of the current transit system, however, say there are cheaper and more efficient means to provide the service. Should any of the three counties SMART serves vote its renewal down, service would end in that county within a few months. “People need to have a way to get to work, get back and forth,” said Charletta Williams, a 37-year-old mail carrier from Eastpointe who… Read full this story
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