All Alger County proposals pass; 911 system, roads on ballot

MUNISING — Voters cast their ballots on a number of Alger County-wide proposals as well as several township proposals Tuesday.

The 911 emergency telephone dispatch system proposal passed with 1,581 votes in favor of the proposal and 391 against. The proposal asked if the tax limitation on the total amount of taxes, which may be levied against the assessed and equalized value of all taxable property in Alger County, be renewed in an amount up to .5 mill, effective Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2023, inclusive.

The resulting funds will be used exclusively for financing the operation of the county’s telephone dispatch system. This millage of .5 of a mill equals 50 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value. The millage will raise up to $188,305.50 in the first year.

Voters also OK’d the library renewal millage, authorizing Alger County to levy a renewal of the previously voted increase in the tax limitation, which expires this year, in an amount not to exceed .2986 mill — or nearly 30 cents on each $1,000 of taxable value — against all taxable property within the county from 2019 to 2024, inclusive. The vote tally was 1,348 in favor of the proposal and 607 against.

It is estimated the county will collect about $107,000 in 2019, the first year of the levy.

The revenue collected shall be distributed to the Munising School Public Library for the purpose of providing public library service countywide.

The Alger Transit Authority millage proposal passed by a 1,283-683 vote. Asked in the proposal was whether ALTRAN, to continue to operate a public transportation system as provided by Public Act 196 of 1986 as amended, can levy a tax of up to .75 mill — 75 cents per $1,000 — of real and personal property located within Alger County from 2018 through 2021, inclusive.

It was estimated to generate roughly $283,000 this year.

Voters passed the Alger County Conservation District millage proposal, which authorizes an operations millage at a rate of .25 mill. The vote was 1,130-798.

The revenue raised from this millage will be used to fund natural resource conservation projects and programs in Alger County, including public workshops, adult and youth conservation education programs, forestry and agricultural assistance to private landowners, invasive species management, stream monitoring, wildlife habitat improvement projects and other natural resource assistance.

Money raised by this millage will enable the conservation district to leverage more funds through grants and other outside sources and implement larger and more effective conservation projects to benefit residents of the county.

The levy will be from 2019 to 2028, inclusive, and raise an estimated $94,000 when first levied in 2019.

A Munising Township proposal on the ballot, which was to renew the milage for upgrading and maintaining streets and roads within the township, passed with a 338-145 vote.

The proposal was to renew an increase tax limitation by 2 mills, or $2 per $1,000 of taxable value, from 2019 to 2023, inclusive. It is estimated about $140,000 will be raised in the first year the millage is levied.

Also on the ballot was a proposal for a millage to provide additional funding for road maintenance and improvements to existing roads within Rock River Township. Voters OK’d the proposal 258-60.

Voters were asked if the township shall impose an increase of up to 1 mill, for 2019 through 2023, inclusive.

It is estimated the increase will bring in $38,242 the first year of the millage levy.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.