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Township voters face millage requests

November 1, 2010
By JOHN PEPIN Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - Voters in several Marquette County townships will decide various millage requests in Tuesday's election, including a road funding proposal in Marquette Township.

In July, the Marquette Township Board approved putting the road improvements request on the ballot to reconstruct the east end of Werner Street. The board said doing so was in response to resident opinions surveyed during strategic planning sessions last spring.

If approved, the measure seeking .85 mills for five years would generate $169,660 during the first year of the levy. The total project cost is estimated at $850,000 and would include a safety path. Construction would begin next spring

"All of Werner would then be new," township Manager Randy Girard said. "It would be a total remove and replace."

If there was money remaining from the millage levy after the Werner Street construction was completed, the millage proposal would allow those funds to go to additional road improvement projects in the township, designated by the township roads subcommittee.

Other township millage proposals Tuesday include:

- Champion Township: General fund operating millage renewal would levy 5 mills for five years, with an estimated $82,545 generated the first year.

- Champion Township: Road fund repair and maintenance millage renewal seeks 2 mills for five years. The proposal would generate an estimated $33,018 the first year.

- Michigamme Township: Millage request for streets and roads improvements would levy 1.5 mills for 20 years. About $52,296 would be generated the first year.

- Skandia Township: Millage for library services renewal. The proposals asks 1 mill for five years, with an estimated $20,218 generated the first year.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His e-mail address is



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