County primary election set


ARENAC COUNTY — County voters will face four new proposals on Aug. 3 ballots including issues ranging from more money for county parks to a fixed county millage. Voters will also have the chance to vote on a possible renewal of the Standish-Sterling School District Operating Millage, while registered voters in AuGres, Sims, and Whitney townships will have the chance to vote on a one mill increase for the AuGres-Sims-Whitney Fire Authority.

Moffatt Township voters, will be faced with the choice of providing additional funds for the “suppression and control of the mosquito” in township proposal 1, while proposal 2 gives residents the chance to vote on a township road millage.

School Proposal

The Standish-Sterling operating millage renewal would allow the school district to continue to levy the rate of 18 mills ($18 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on all property within its district, with the exception of principal residence and other property exempt by law. The 18-mill levy is required if the school is to receive its per pupil

allowance from the state.

Though the school requires 18 mills to receive its per pupil allowance, the proposal

actually asks for an increase to 18.95 mills ($18.95 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

The 0.95 mills will restore millage lost as a result of the reduction, known as a Headlee roll back, required by the Michigan constitution of 1963. If the millage is approved and levied in 2010, the millage will raise about $1,850,000.

County Proposal 1

County proposal one asks residents for permission to levy one-tenth of a mill (10 cents per every $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of five years for the purpose of operation, acquisition, maintenance and improvement of the county parks.

If approved, the proposal will start with the 2010 tax year and continue through 2014.

The millage is expected to generate $55,846 in its first year.

County Proposal 2

County proposal two asks voters to approve a millage renewal of 0.80 mill, (80 cents per $1,000 of valuation) for the funding of the Arenac County 911 Central Dispatch Center.

If the millage is renewed, it will raise $439,723 in the first calendar year for 911 services and calls within the county.

County Proposal 3

If voters approve proposal three, a millage renewal, they will continue to pay 0.50 mill (50 cents per $1,000 dollars of taxable value), from 2011-2014 for the purpose of paying for ambulance services and equipment within Arenac County.

If passed, the millage is estimated to generate $274,828 in the first year.

County Proposal 4

Proposal four asks voters to establish separate tax limitations from 2010-2013 for a total approved fixed county millage of 6.4 mills.

Of the total amount, 5.20 mills would go to Arenac County, while one mill would go to Arenac County Townships, and 0.20 mills for the Bay Arenac Intermediate School District. Local Proposal 1

In local proposal one, voters in AuGres, Whitney, and Sims townships, and in the city of AuGres are being asked to increase the 15 mill tax limitation on general property taxes by one mill ($1 per every $1,000 of the taxable value) from 2010- 2017 to fund the AuGres Sims Whitney Fire and Rescue Authority.

If the millage is paid and levied, $226,000 will tentatively be generated in 2010 for the purpose of operating the department, buying equipment, and improvement of the fire department.

Moffatt Twp. Proposal 1

Moffatt Township proposal one asks voters to OK the increase of one mill ($1 per $1,000 dollars of the state taxable value) on all property, for the suppression and control of mosquitos from 2010-2013.

The proposal is estimated to raise $42,000 in 2010.

Moffatt Twp. Proposal 2

The road millage proposal in Moffatt Township is also asking for an increase of one mill ($1 per $1,000 dollars of the state taxable value) on all property from 2010-2013, for the purpose of maintaining, repairing, ditching, and the construction of roads.

This millage is estimated to raise around $42,000 in 2010.


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I encourage adoption of County Proposals 2 and 3 only. Why should Arenac Township and no others benefit from a county wide proposal? What would the parks need to acquire? The schools do not need an increase if they improperly handle the funds they are getting at this point in time.

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