2012-11-01 / Front Page

Ready to hit the polls?

Voter information on polling places, ballot proposals

MANISTIQUE – On Nov. 6, area voters will head to the polls to cast their vote for various township, county, and state races and issues. The following is a rundown of what voters can expect at the polls.

In the city of Manistique, voters can head to one of two locations, based on their residence:

Precinct 1: Manistique High School

Precinct 2: Manistique High School

Precinct 3: Youth Center Building

Precinct 4: Youth Center Building

In the county’s townships, voters cast their ballot at the polling place correlating to their residence:

Doyle Township: Doyle Township Hall.

Germfask Township: Germfask Township Hall.

Hiawatha Township: Hiawatha Township Hall.

Inwood Township: Inwood Township Hall

Manistique Township: Manistique Township Hall

Mueller Township: Mueller Township Hall

Seney Township: Seney Township Hall

Thompson Township: Thompson Township Hall

Voters will decide upon: president and vice president of the United States, United States senator, United States representative in Congress, state representative, county prosecutor, county sheriff, county clerk and register of deeds, county treasurer, county road commissioner, county commissioners, township supervisors, township clerks, township treasurers, and township trustees.

Nonpartisan offices also appearing on the ballot include: Supreme Court justices, appeals court judges, probate court, Manistique Area Schools Board, Tahquamenon Area School Board, Big Bay de Noc School District Board, and Munising Public School District Board.

Voters will also decide upon six state-wide ballot proposals, including: Proposal 21-1, A Referendum on Public Act 4 0f 2011 – The Emergency Manager Law; Proposal 12-2, A Proposal to Amend the State Constitution Regarding Collective Bargaining; Proposal 12- 3, A Proposal to Amend the State Constitution to Establish a Standard for Renewable Energy;

Proposal 12-4, A Proposal to Amend the State Constitution to Establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and Provide Collective Bargaining for In-home Care Workers; Proposal 12-5, A Proposal to Amend the State Constitution to Limit the Enactment of New Taxes by State Government; and Proposal 12-6, A Proposal to Amend the State Constitution Regarding Construction of International Bridges and Tunnels.

One county-wide ballot proposal asks for a tax rate limitation increase proposition for Michigan State University Extension in Schoolcraft County. The proposal asks: “Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all ad valorem property in Schoolcraft County, Michigan be increased up to a maximum of 0.179 mills (17.9 cents on each $1000 of taxable value for a period of four years (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 inclusive) for the purpose of funding Michigan State University Extension Services in Schoolcraft County? It is estimated that this proposal will generate revenues of approximately $58,000 during the first calendar year of the proposition.”

A renewal proposal from Manistique Area Schools will also appear on the ballot. The Manistique Area School District Operating Millage Renewal Proposal asks: “This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2013 tax levy. Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 20 mills ($20 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Manistique Area Schools, Schoolcraft County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 9 years, 2014 to 2022, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2013 is approximately $772,000 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?”

Polling places will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. For more information on the election, contact the Schoolcraft County clerk at (906) 341-3618.

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