MARQUETTE - Marquette County voters easily passed three countywide millage restoration proposals in Tuesday's primary election.
Each of the measures restores tax levies first approved by voters in 2006. The millage requests will provide funding to support senior services, search and rescue and 911 emergency dispatch. Collection for each of the proposals will be for six years, from 2012 through 2017.
Proposal A is for senior services and will restore .4474 mills. The vote was 9,170 yes votes to 1,895 no votes. The millage includes renewal of .4376 mills and an increase of .0098 mills. The levy will generate about $968,205 during the first year of collection.
Proposal B was for Marquette County search and rescue and technical rescue unit programs.
The initiative allows for the continued operation of Marquette County Sheriff's Search and Rescue and Technical Rescue Unit 131 programs. The measure was approved by a vote of 8,724 to 2,299. The millage will restore .1525 mills. The levy includes renewal of .1491 mills and an increase of .0034 mills. An estimated $330,021 will be generated the first year.
Proposal C will allow continued operation of the county's 911 emergency dispatch telephone system and will restore .4970 mills. The vote was 8,889 yes votes to 1,704 no votes. The proposal includes a renewal of .4862 mills and an increase of .0108 mills. The levy will generate about $1,075,543 the first year.
The Marquette County Clerk's office reported 24 percent of the county's 48,761 registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's election.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.