Millage proposals set to go before voters on Tuesday

MARQUETTE –In addition to several county-wide proposals, several of the townships in Marquette County will place millage questions before voters on Tuesday.

Road improvements police services and general operating are among the questions that will be put before voters in Ewing, Forsyth, Ishpeming, Republic and Richmond townships.

In Ewing Township, a proposal seeks 2 mills for a period of four years for road improvement, repairs and maintenance. The millage, if approved, is expected to generate approximately $18,827 in the first year.

Forsyth Township has voters will consider three millage proposals on Tuesday. The first is a police services millage renewal of 1-mill for 7 years “2020 through 2026 inclusive,” according to the ballot language. The existing police millage will expire in 2019. The millage renewal is expected to raise an estimated $183,518 in the first year it is levied.

The second Forsyth Township millage renewal request is for 4.8923 mills to be used for general operating purposes for seven years beginning in 2020. The millage, if approved by voters, is expected to raise an estimated $897,828. The existing general operating millage expires in 2019.

The third request in Forsyth Township is for a .4965 mill library services millage renewal to be levied for seven years beginning in 2020. The millage, if approved, is expected to raise $91,117 the first year it is levied. The existing library millage expires in 2019.

Ishpeming Township voters will be asked to renew the existing 1-mill road millage for repair of the township roadways. which was reduced to by the required Headlee rollbacks to .9720 mills. The millage renewal request asks voters to approve 1 mill for ten years from 2018 to 2027 and increase it up to the original voted 1 mill. The millage, if approved, would raise an estimated $108,561 the first year it is levied.

Republic Township voters will be asked to weigh in on two millage questions for road improvements, repairs and maintenance. The first is a 1-mill renewal request for five years spanning from 2019 to 2023. The township is also submitting a new 1-mill millage proposal, which would also be levied for five years from 2019 to 2023, on the August ballot. Each proposal, if approved, would be estimated to raise $59,622, for a total of $119,244 if both measures pass.

A third 5-mill general operating millage renewal proposal will also be on the ballot for Republic Township voters. The four-year millage renewal would span from 2018 to 2021 with an estimated $298,110 collected in the first year if the measure passes.

Richmond Township voters will weigh in on their own general operating millage renewal. Voters will be asked to renew the existing 2 mill millage, which has been reduced to 1.9842 mills by the required Headlee rollbacks. Voters are being asked to increase that levied amount up to the original 2 mills for five years from 2019 to 2023. If approved, the millage is expected to raise $36,953 in the first year.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.