2013-10-31 / Front Page

Time to vote

An in-depth look at the upcoming ballot

MANISTIQUE – Schoolcraft County residents will be asked to take part in a special election on Nov. 5, with various proposals appearing on the ballot.

Those proposals include:

The “Medical Care Facility Millage” proposal:

“Shall the limitation of the amount of property taxes that may be assessed each year against all taxable real and personal property in Schoolcraft County be increased up to a maximum of 1.5 mills ($1.5 per $1000 of taxable value) for a period of five (5) years, December 1, 2013, to November 30, 2018, inclusive, to provide funds for operation and maintenance of the Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility and shall Schoolcraft County levy the millage for this purpose thereby raising an estimated $509,077 in the first year of the levy?”

The “Public Transit Millage” proposal:

“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 five hundred eighty seven tenths (.587) mills ($0.587 on each $1000.00) on taxable value for the period of 5 years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 inclusive) for the general operation and expanded services of Schoolcraft County Public Transit, for the purpose of serving the elderly, handicapped and general public of Schoolcraft County? It is estimated that the .587 mills would raise approximately $199,219.00 during the first calendar year of the proposition.”

For Doyle Township residents, a “Tax Rate Limitation Increase Proposition for Road Maintenance” proposal asks:

“Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all ad valorem property in Doyle Township of Schoolcraft County, Michigan, be increased by up to one (1.0000) Mill for the period of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, inclusive to pay for the general maintenance of roadways in Doyle Township? One Mill represents $1.00 in taxes on each $1,000.00 dollars of taxable value. It is estimated that this proposition will generate revenues of approximately $41,000.00 during the first calendar year of the proposition.”

Residents of Germfask Township will consider the “Consolidated Operating Millage” proposal:

“This proposal will authorize a single new consolidated general operating millage to replace and rescind separate existing millage authorizations which voters previously approved in August 2004, which expire with the 2019 levy, for the purposes of funding: roof replacement over the Township Hall/Community center (1.00 mill); operation and maintenance of Township buildings and grounds (1.0 mill); operation and upkeep of Township roads, streets and sidewalks (1.0 mill); and operation and upkeep of the Township fire department (1.0 mill). The previously authorized millages have been reduced by operation of the

Headlee amendment to 3.6970 mills. Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Township of Germfask, County of Schoolcraft, Michigan, be increased by 4.00 mills ($4.00 per thousand dollars of taxable value), for a period of seven years, 2013 to 2019, inclusive, as new additional millage, to provide funds for general operating purposes? It is estimated that 4.0 mills would raise approximately $50,800 when first levied in 2013.”

Residents within city limits will also have the opportunity to vote to fill two vacant Manistique City Council seats, though there are only two candidates on the ballot: Elizabeth Hill and Janet Jeffcott.

Polls open on Nov. 5 at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m. For more information, including where to vote and if you are registered, visit https://webapps.sos. state.mi.us/mivote/ or contact the county clerk at 341-3630 or city clerk at 341-2290.

Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to a residence must be received by the clerk no later than 2 p.m. on the Saturday (Nov. 2) before the election. After receiving an absentee voter ballot, voters have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk’s office.

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Do you agree with the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioner's decision not to support the DNR land acquisition in Hiawatha Township?