MARQUETTE - Voters in several Marquette and Alger counties townships approved a series of millage requests in Tuesday's election, including a road funding proposal in Marquette Township. Six millage requests were put before township voters and all six passed.
The Marquette Township millage request passed by a vote of 759 yes votes to 578 no votes. The measure will levy .85 mills for five years to complete Werner Street construction. The millage is expected to generate $169,660 during the first year of collection.
The total project cost is estimated at $850,000 and will include a safety path. If there is money remaining from the millage levy, after the Werner Street construction is completed, the millage proposal allows those funds to go to additional road improvement projects in the township, designated by the township roads subcommittee.
In Champion Township, voters passed two millage requests. A general fund operating millage renewal passed by a vote of 72 yes votes to 31 no votes. The measure will levy 5 mills for five years, with an estimated $82,545 generated the first year.
The second Champion Township millage approved was for road fund repair and maintenance millage renewal, which sought 2 mills for five years. The vote was 74 yes votes to 29 no votes. The proposal will generate an estimated $33,018 the first year.
In Michigamme Township, voters passed a millage request for street and road improvements by a vote of 126 yes votes to 43 no votes. The measure will levy 1.5 mills for 20 years. About $52,296 will be generated the first year.
In Skandia Township, a millage for library services renewal passed by a vote of 215 yes votes to 106 no votes. The proposals sought 1 mill for five years, with an estimated $20,218 generated the first year.
In Alger County, there was one township millage question on the ballot.
Burt Township voters passed a road maintenance and improvements millage in Tuesday's election. The vote was 162 yes votes to 117 no votes.
The ballot question asked voters whether a millage hike of 1mill for three years should be approved. In August, that same question was put before voters and failed by six votes. That vote total then was 73 no votes to 67 yes votes. The levy is expected to generate $42,000 during the first year.
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