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If cityhood passes, he predicts, "the way people in government operate will change. When a village becomes a city, they feel they have to do all these new things to justify becoming a city. I was born and raised here, and I've lived here for sixty-five years. I don't want to see much change."

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Since the village already takes care of streets, water, wastewater, trash collection, and leaf and brush pickup as well as contracting for police services with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department and for fire services with the Dexter Area Fire Department, few day-to-day aspects of government would change if voters approved cityhood. But big changes would affect taxes, elections, assessments, access to state and federal money, and, most of all, control.

"Becoming a city gives the residents more local control over everything," says Jack Donaldson, a Westridge resident and charter commission candidate. And, he says, "a more centralized government would give us more ability in dealing with state and federal government for grants and loans."

Because the village is currently divided between Scio and Webster townships, cityhood would simplify taxation, among other things.

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