October 23, 2014

Millage renewals, increases also featured on the ballot

Standish, Omer candidates run unopposed in Nov. 8 election

By Sherry Barnum
Staff Writer | reporter3@ogemawherald.com
Posted

ARENAC COUNTY – Voters in Arenac County won’t have to make many tough decisions at the polls Nov. 8, as most of the candidates up for election are running unopposed.

In the City of Omer, Mayor Alice Sproule, City Clerk Sure Oliver, Treasurer Joan Steward, and city council members Revia Stewart, Larry Daly, James Steward and Jill Eyre are all running unopposed for reelection. Stewart, Daly, and Steward are looking to renew full-term, four-year seats on the city council, while Eyre is running for a partial term of two-years.

Standish Mayor Mark Winslow is running unopposed as well, alongside Standish city council members Violet Cook, Doug Ireland, and Charles Macaulay.

The race for the Standish-Sterling Schools School Board will feature three candidates running unopposed: for a full term ending in Dec. 2015, Annette Ratajczak and Denny Kolevar; and for a partial term ending in Dec. 2012, Patricia Kipfmiller.

As for the Arenac Eastern Schools School Board, there are no candidates currently running, and the ballot will be open to write-ins.

In other election news, Moffatt Township will have two proposals on the ballot Nov. 8, both renewals of previously voted and authorized millages.

If approved, Proposal 1 would renew the fire department millage through 2015 for the purpose of operating, maintaining and repairing the fire department. The revenue for this millage is estimated to be around $94,000 in the first year.

Proposal 2 would renew the township’s road millage through 2015 for the purpose of maintaining, repairing, ditching and constructing roads.

A police millage will be on the ballot for the City of Standish, asking for an increase of up to two mills for police operation purposes. The millage would raise an estimated $77,937.15.

Voters in Northern Bay, Arenac and Gladwin counties will also be voting on the Bay-Arenac Intermediate School Districts special education millage. The proposed millage would increase the ISD’s special education millage by 1 mill for a period of 20 years, ending in 2030, for the purpose of the education of students with a disability. The estimated revenue millage is $3,496,018.

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