Tuesday is once again election day in Michigan and dedicated voters will head to the polls to cast ballots on a small handful of key issues. We urge our readers to get out and vote.
We know that a summer primary election doesn't seem to carry the same import as last November's election day, which was preceded by the broadcast of tens millions of dollars worth of television and radio advertisements. Though that election concluded a presidential campaign season and decided a number of state, local and federal races, Tuesday's election is in many ways even more important for the local community.
First, voters in many local municipalities will see an operational millage renewal request from Marquette Area Public Schools. While the ballot language is lengthy and the state's education funding laws are far from simple, the essentials are this: MAPS is asking voters to renew a 20-year-old millage that provides the district with about one-third of its annual budget.
The millage impacts only non-homestead properties - second homes and businesses - and as it is a renewal, non-homestead property owners won't even see a change on their tax bill.
We would ask voters to approve this millage request. To do otherwise could be disastrous for the district and its thousands of students.
In the city, voters will vote for two of five candidates for Marquette City Commission, with the top four vote-getters moving on to November's general election. The five - Dave Campana, Russell Kangas, Mike Plourde, Sarah Reynolds and Tony Tollefson - are running to fill two soon-to-be-vacant seats on the commission.
The two candidates that emerge from this race will spend the next three years helping to make vital city decisions. The five individuals represent a variety of ages, backgrounds and viewpoints and readers can learn more about them by reviewing The Mining Journal's front page article from July 30.
Voters in a couple of other townships will face other items on Tuesday's ballot. Michigamme Township is seeking a 15-year renewal of a 2.5-mill levy used to fund fire and EMS service.
Wells Township is seeking a five-year renewal of a 1.4904-mill levy to be used for general township operating expenses. Approvals of these renewals will allow a pair of townships to continue providing very important services for local citizens.
Again, we implore residents to get out and vote. Every voter will face a simple and refreshingly short ballot, and valid excuses to not vote this week are few.
Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.