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Ely voters to see IOHT millage proposal

October 26, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - Voters in Ely Township will have another chance to approve a millage for the Iron Ore Heritage Trail during the Nov. 6 election.

The millage, if approved, will allow the township to join the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority. The millage request for .2 mills will allow IOHRA to construct and maintain the portion of the 48-mile trail in Ely Township. The six-year levy, which will be collected from 2013 to 2018, is estimated to generate $9,800 in the first year.

"We would love to upgrade the trail in the township," said Carol Fulsher, IOHT executive director. "But we can't update the trail without the millage."

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Voters in Ely Township will have an opportunity in the November election to vote to join the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority. Township residents will be asked Nov. 6 to support a .2-mill tax levy to allow for maintenance for a portion of the Iron Ore Heritage?Trail, seen here. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)

Voters in Ely Township voted the millage down in November of 2008, Fulsher said, and the township dropped out of the IOHRA in 2010. According to Fulsher, the issues have been resolved and construction of the trail can proceed with the approval of the millage.

Recreational users of the trail will include walkers, runners, bikers, inline skaters, equestrians, ATVs, skiers and snowmobilers.

Seven municipalities, Chocolay, Marquette, Negaunee and Tilden townships, as well as the cities of Marquette, Negaunee and Ishpeming, passed the millage in 2010. Republic Township passed the millage a year later.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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