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Marquette city senior millage renewal

MARQUETTE — Marquette city residents will have the opportunity to vote on the senior millage renewal in the Aug. 4 primary election.

The millage renewal will allow the city to provide services for those 60 years and older with the Marquette Senior Center. The millage, if approved, would result in a .3500 mill levy, or $0.35 for every $1,000 of taxable property value for a period of five years beginning in 2020 and ending in the fiscal year 2024.

The millage is expected to raise an estimated $239,138 in the first year it is levied.

“The two biggest things with the senior millage renewal is that it continues to provide services and it doesn’t raise taxes for people,” Marquette Senior Center Services Manager Maureen McFadden said.

The Marquette Senior Center is currently funded with a county-wide senior millage and an UPCAP grant for priority and homemaking services. This millage renewal helps to support case coordination and support, financial management, homemaking, outreach, information and assistance and other education/recreational/leisure programs such as health screenings, senior art programs, foot clinics, local law enforcement lectures, tax services and a number of other special events throughout the year.

If the millage is not passed, the center would continue its services but on a limited basis.

Jackie Jahfetson can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. Her email address is jjahfetson@miningjournal.net.

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