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Marq-Tran, township millage proposals OK’d

August 6, 2014
ZACH JAY - Journal Ishpeming Bureau Staff (zjay@miningjournal.net) , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - Voters in Marquette County approved millage requests for Marq-Tran and in seven of the county's 19 townships residents in Tuesday's election.

The Marq-Tran proposal, OK'd by a margin of 6,020 yes votes to 1,882 no votes, renews a 0.6 mills levy for six years.

Voters initially approved 0.3 mills for Marq-Tran in 1984 and in 1994 renewed the 0.3 mills and agreed to an increase of 0.2 mills. The proposal was subsequently increased to 0.6 mills in 2004 and renewed in 2008.

The millage will generate about $1.3 million during the first year of collection.

Voters in Ewing, Forsyth, Humboldt, Michigamme, Republic, Richmond and Tilden townships also passed various township proposals from road improvement to operations to sanitation.

Included were:

- A Ewing Township proposal seeking 2 mills for four years for improvements, repairs and maintenance to township roads was approved with 18 yes votes to 7 no. The millage will generate about $15,668 the first year.

- Forsyth Township voters approved a 4.89-mill proposal for five years for general operations by a vote of 442 yes to 204 no. The millage is expected to produce about $880,273 during the first year.

In Forsyth's second millage request, voters OK'd continuance of 1.8 mills levied for operation of community centers and related recreation activities for 20 years. The vote totals were 445 yes votes and 180 no. The millage will generate about $324,180 in its first year.

-Humboldt Township voters approved a 1.5-mill proposal for five years for sanitation service, which will generate about $41,250 the first year. The measure passed on a vote of 70 to 24.

- Voters in Michigamme Township renewed a 1-mill levy for road improvement, repairs and maintenance for five years. The votes totaled 114 yes to 33 no. The tax will generate roughly $165,315 the first year.

- Republic Township voters OK'd, a 1-mill renewal levy for road improvement, repairs and maintenance for five years. The totals were 152 yes votes to 115 no. The millage will collect about $58,048 the first year.

Republic Township voters also decided to renew a proposal for 5 mills for four years for general operations, which will yield an estimated $290,240 the first year. The vote totals were 150 yes votes to 116 no.

- Richmond Township voters approved a general operations millage renewal of 2 mills for five years, which will generate approximately $28,573 during the first year of collection. There were 69 yes votes and 13 no.

- Voters in Tilden Township OK'd a 1-mill levy for five years for maintenance and improvement of county roads in the township. The tax will bring in an estimated $24,493 in the first year. The vote totals were 91 yes votes and 20 no.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401.

 
 
 

 

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