Cost of Proposal 1 special election? $10 million

 A day after the vote which saw Proposal 1 go down, there are still many questions.

One of the biggest being, how much did the state spend on an election that didn't solve the problem.

Wasted time, wasted energy and a year of road construction lost because lawmakers decided not to decide how to fix Michigan's roads.

When state lawmakers decided in December to pass the buck to voters asking you to decide how to fix the roads, they didn't tell you how many bucks they were passing. 

At the bottom of a supplemental appropriations bill, you can see it: $10 million for that special election. That's your money.

FOX 2: "Did you know it cost $10 million to hold that election?"

"Way too much, too much money," said one man.

"I think it's always right to let voters have a say." one woman said. "But I think this one was a little convoluted. It seemed like there was a lot of wording in the bill, most people didn't understand. 

FOX 2: "Did you know it cost $10 million to hold that election?"

"That's crazy," she said.

So $10 million is really just a drop in the bucket when looking at a $1 billion road problem. FOX 2 went out to aptly named Rutland Avenue where there are a lot of ruts, and not much avenue.

The amount would fix this stretch of road and nine other one-mile stretches of road. It may seem like much, but it is to those forced to drive those areas.

While the state says it will reimburse local officials for the cost of holding the election, Detroiters will still get stuck with hundreds of thousands for expenses that won't be reimbursed.

City Clerk Janice Winfrey says those costs include supplies, clerical help, mailings encouraging detroiters to vote, and advertising, which includes those billboards you've seen all over town.

Lawmakers never said that there would be a $10 million price tag when they said they would let us vote on this. In fact, that appropriation came three months after a lot of these people left saying they were going to let us decide.

Winfrey says she thinks it serves a purpose to put her picture on the billboards, but we will not get reimbursed for those billboards. 
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