A significant portion of Royal Oak Township’s population lives at or below the poverty line. It’s not surprising, then, that a proposed property tax hike was rejected during the November 2 election. The fact that it lost by just two votes, though, has township officials demanding a recount. Voters rejected the proposed 4.5-mill property tax increase by a vote of 376 to 374. Results from the election will be completely canvassed by November 17; officials are expected to formally ask for a recount on the following day. Recounts by Oakland County are scheduled to take place on November 29 and November 30. This type of millage increase hasn’t been passed for 37 years; it would bring in approximately $193,000 per year for the township.