Evolution of the Controversy

This section describes the events, in chronological order, that led us to the current state of the controversy over how the 2017 Millage funds should be spent. A lack of adequate communication from public officials and advocates of a "yes" vote caused voters to have different understandings of what they were voting on. Inevitably, the election was not an accurate reflection of preferences -- at least in the City of Ann Arbor.  Not surprisingly, citizens continue to disagree on the use of the millage revenues in the perceived absence of a fair, transparent election.

This section also describes the events leading to controversy at the County level concerning support for mental health services.

June - July 2017

Final stages of crafting ballot language &

City Council resolution of intent

September - October 2017

November 7, 2017

January - March 2018

April 2018

May 21, 2018

August 7, 2018

October 15, 2018

Janary - March 2019

April 1, 2019

April 5, 2019

September  2018

FY 2018 deficit causes WCCMH to exhaust its reserves and the County to allocate $3.7 million to WCCMH

April 15, 2019

April 15, 2019

May 20, 2019

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

August 2019

September 2019