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Early look at Tuesday’s Alger County May Consolidation ballot

MARQUETTE — It’s election season once again, as the May Consolidation ballot hits Alger County on Tuesday.

There are four county proposals and three jurisdictions — Burt Township, Mathias Township and Munising Township — have separate township proposals. All ballot information was found on the Michigan Voter Information Center website.

County proposals

The 911 millage proposal to repeal and replace existing millage:

Voters will be asked to permit the county to fund all 911 emergency telephone dispatch system operations by authorizing a new increased millage of 1.00 mill by repealing and replacing the previously approved millage of 0.50 mill. Repealing and replacing the previous millage will limit the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property, and be increased by 1.00 mill from 2021-26. It is estimated that 1.00 mill would raise about $404,400 when first levied in 2021.

Senior services millage renewal and restoration proposal:

Voters will be asked to authorize Alger County to levy 0.50 mill for funding activities for people ages 60 and older; 0.4993 of the 0.50 mill represents the 0.50 mill renewal approved by electors in 2016. These purposes will limit the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property, be increased by 0.50 mill from 2022-26. It is estimated that 0.50 mill would raise about $202,200 when first levied in 2022.

Michigan State University Extension millage renewal and restoration proposal:

Voters will be asked to authorize Alger County to levy 0.25 mill for funding MSU Extension services; 0.2496 of the 0.25 mill represents a renewal of the 0.25 mill renewal approved by electors in 2016. These purposes will limit the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property, be increased by 0.25 mill from 2022-26. It is estimated that 0.25 mill would raise about $101,100 when first levied in 2022.

Alger Transit Authority (ALTRAN) millage renewal proposal:

Voters will be asked to continue to levy a tax at the same rate previously approved by voters of up to 0.75 mill of real and personal property from 2022-26 for the continued service for ALTRAN with a purpose of operating public transportation. If this millage is approved and levied in the 2022 calendar year, it would generate approximately $304,000 in 2022.

Township proposals

Burt Township

Fire protection millage renewal:

Voters will be asked to renew the 1.5 mill under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Burt Township. It will be levied from 2021-25, and will be for the purpose of construction, operation, maintenance and improvement of the Fire Department of Burt Township, raising about $81,020 in the first year the millage is levied.

General operating – Headlee:

Voters will be asked to increase the millage rate by 0.4358 mills to be allocated for the reduction of 0.5642 mills. This is for the purpose of general operating, and will be levied by Burt Township from 2021-25 and will raise about $54.021 in the first year the millage is levied.

Road maintenance and improvements:

Voters will be asked to renew the 1.5 mill under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Burt Township. It will be levied from 2021-25, and will be for road maintenance and improvements within Burt Township raising about $81,020 in the first year the millage is levied.

Mathias Township

Proposal for the purpose of crushing of gravel and other road maintenance within Mathias Township:

Voters will be asked to impose an increase of up to one mill under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Mathias Township. It will be levied from 2021-23, and will be for the purpose of crushing gravel and other road maintenance within Mathias Township raising about $20,230 in the first year the millage is levied.

Proposal for purchase of new fire trucks or equipment:

Voters will be asked to impose an increase of up to one mill under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Mathias Township. It will be levied from 2021-27, and will be for purchase of new fire trucks or equipment raising about $20,230 in the first year the millage is levied.

Proposal for the purpose of providing fire operating and fire protection services:

Voters will be asked to impose an increase of up to one mill under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Mathias Township. It will be levied from 2021-23, and will be for the purpose of providing fire operating and fire protection services, and will raise about $20,230 in the first year the millage is levied.

Munising Township

Proposal to renew an increase tax limitation by 1.5 mills for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining fire equipment, for the fire department within the township of Munising:

Voters will be asked to for all purposes of total amount of taxes against all taxable property in Munising Township to be increased by 1.5 mills from 2021-25 under Section 6, Article 9 of the Michigan Constitution. This will give the Munising Township Board the power to levy a special tax in each of the said years at its discretion for the funds to be used for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining fire equipment.

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