February 8, 2016

Arenac board approves fixed millage proposal for August primary


ARENAC COUNTY — County voters will decide during the Aug. 3 primary election whether or not to approve a fixed millage proposal that could raise approximately $3.5 million.

At its May 25 meeting, the Arenac County Board of Commissioners, by a 4-1 margin, approved a proposal that calls for a 6.4 mill levy, with funds to be used for general operating purposes for Arenac County, as well as county townships and the Bay Arenac Intermediate School District. Commissioner Joseph Sancimino cast the lone no vote.

“This is another example of a county rushing to burden residents with a millage adjustment rather than putting the county’s house in order and instituting a cost allocation plan like other counties,” Sancimino said in explaining his decision.

If approved by county voters, the millage will allocate 5.2 mills for Arenac County, 1 mill for township operations, and 0.20 mills for the Bay Arenac ISD. The estimated amount of revenue for 2010, if approved, would be $3,525,410.

In other business, the board approved the transfer of $2,333.10 from the county’s Tax Administration fund for the purposes of extraditing a prisoner to Arenac County. County employee Curt Broughton said the prisoner in question, a male, is being extradited from Arizona and is being charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Broughton reported that the prisoner traveled 2,121 miles by bus from Arizona.

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