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Voters approve Michigamme millage renewals

MICHIGAMME — Voters in Michigamme Township approved two millage renewals on Tuesday, according to unofficial election results from the Marquette County Clerk’s Office.

A 4-mill general operating millage — which passed with 86.4% of the 59 votes cast — will be used to fund sanitation, park building and road work for a period of six years. It is expected to be reduced under Headlee Amendment rollbacks to 3.98 mills, or $3.98 per $1,000 of taxable property value, and is estimated to raise roughly $152,000 in 2021, the first year it is levied.

A renewal of 2 mills, used to maintain the township community center and town hall along Main Street, passed with 48 votes for and 11 against. Headlee rollbacks are expected to reduce the rate to 1.47 mills, or $1.47 per $1,000 of taxable property value. Officials anticipate the millage will net an estimated $56,100 in 2021.

Township Supervisor William Seppanen said he is thankful that voters were willing to support the measures.

“Michigamme is unique in that it has amenities that other small towns don’t,” Seppanen said. “These millages make sure that we will continue to support basic operations like trash collection as well as our parks, museum and library.”

The ballots are to be certified by the Marquette County Board of Canvassers at 1 p.m. today.

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