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Burt Township: Millages for harbor and general operations on ballot

GRAND MARAIS — Burt Township residents will have two operating millage renewals to vote on during Tuesday’s primary election.

The first is to renew the general operating millage levy of .25 mill for the Grand Marais Harbor.

If renewed, the increase in the tax limitation would be at 25 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value through 2022. The money raised would be used for restoration and development of the Grand Marais Harbor.

“The millage was established in 2008 to raise funds for the breakwall to save the harbor from filling in,” said Burt Township Supervisor Sheri Shafer. At that time, the state awarded $5 million to build the breakwall and the balance was paid from township funds, which came from millage and fundraisers.

In the first year, the millage would raise an estimated $12,900. The money raised is used for maintenance and repairs to the breakwall and improvements to the harbor.

“Grand Marais marina is the only harbor between Munising and Whitefish Point and we are currently building a marina bathhouse,” Shafer said.

The second millage on the ballot is to renew the general operating millage levy of 3 mills for Burt Township improvements. If renewed, the increase in the tax limitation would be at $3 per $1,000 of taxable value through 2022.

The township improvement has been in existence for at least 25-30 years, said Shafer.

The money would be used for providing general operation, construction, improvement and maintenance of cemetery, airport, streets, roads, sidewalks, street lighting, recreation and grass cutting. In the first year, the millage would raise an estimated $155,000.

Amy Grigas can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243.