CHICAGO -- Oakland County, Mich., residents have narrowly approved up to $500 million of unlimited-tax general obligation bonds for an incinerator and recycling program, but debate over that and future bond issues remains.

At the center of the controversy is the issuance of limited-tax bonds by the county and other local issuers in the state. Those bonds have been under attack by taxpayer advocates in the state who claim the bonds violate the 1978 so-called Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution because they are not approved by voters.

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