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Millage renewals in Michigamme

MICHIGAMME — Michigamme Township residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on millages for operations and the community building on Tuesday.

The 4-mill operations millage — which, if approved, is expected to be reduced to 3.98 mills, or $3.98 per $1,000 of taxable property value — will be used to fund sanitation, park building and roads for a period of six years. The millage is estimated to raise roughly $152,000 in the first year it is levied.

A millage renewal of 2 mills, if approved, would be used to maintain the township community center and town hall along Main Street. Required millage rollbacks would reduce the rate to 1.47 mills, or $1.47 per $1,000 of taxable property value. The millage would net an estimated $56,100 the first year it is levied.

Township Supervisor William Seppanen said taxes will not be increasing, and the millages will not go into effect until the end of 2020, when the current measures expire.

“We don’t have a garbage millage, so our operating millage pays for trash collection. It (also) benefits any park, the library and the museum,” Seppanen said. “I consider the library and the museum amenities that we don’t always see in small towns. And as far as the community building, people utilize it and we’ve invested money into it, so it behooves us to pay for the repair and upkeep of it.”

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.