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Recount of Oxford Township ballot question scheduled for Nov. 29

  An Oxford Township resident has asked for a recount of a ballot question seeking a tax increase for public safety that failed in the Nov. 2 election by two votes.

  Jack Curtis of Oxford Township filed his petition Wednesday for a recount of all ballots cast in the six voting precincts and absentee ballots, according to the petition filed with Oakland County's election division.
  "It's a full recount, so he requested that all ballots be recounted, precinct and absentee," county Elections Director Joe Rozell said.
  The recount is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at the county's Executive Office Building conference room in Waterford Township.
  Curtis wasn't immediately available for comment Wednesday afternoon.
  Rozell said Curtis paid the $120 for the full recount — $10 for each of the six voting precincts and another $10 for the absentee ballots in each of the six precincts.
  Oxford Township will be billed for the remainder of the cost of the recount, which Rozell estimated at $1,500.
  Oxford Township voters approved a millage renewal for police protection in the Nov. 2 election but rejected a 0.75-mill property tax increase for police protection 2,885 to 2,883.
  Rozell said he's also expecting a recount request from Royal Oak Township, but that he hasn't received a formal request yet.
  Royal Oak Township voters rejected a 4.5-mill property tax increase for general operations by a 376 to 374 vote.
  Oakland County hopes to complete any recounts before the end of the month so December's property tax bills can go out on time.
  The outcome of the recounts could affect tax bills for 861 parcels of real property and 157 tax bills for personal property in Royal Oak Township. In Oxford Township, there are 14,300 parcels of real property and 708 tax bills for personal property.
  Real property refers to real estate while personal property refers to items like equipment.
  Contact Charles Crumm at 248-745-4649, charlie.crumm@oakpress.com or follow him on Twitter @crummc.

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