September 21, 2014

Millage renewals on the November ballot for voters in Moffatt, Whitney townships

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ARENAC COUNTY — Millage renewals for road maintenance and mosquito suppression will go before voters in Moffatt Township Nov. 5, while some Whitney Township voters will choose whether or not to renew a non-homestead millage for Tawas Area Schools.

Both the road repair and maintenance millage and the mosquito suppression millage in Moffatt Township are both for 1 mill, according to township Clerk Kim Spencer. She said both millages have been levied for several years.

“I was voted in in ’08, and they were in before that,” she said.

If renewed, the millages will be levied for five years from 2014 to 2018. Both millages are expected to raise about $42,000 in the first year they are levied.

Whitney Township voters who live within the Tawas Area Schools district will be asked to renew an 18-mill non-homestead operational millage, which is levied on taxpayers with non-primary residences or businesses in the township.

Tawas Area Schools Superintendent Donald Vernon said if renewed, the millage would be levied for 10 years, from 2014 through 2023.

Vernon said the millage raises about $4 million of the district’s annual revenue.

“It makes up about 41 percent of our general fund revenue budget,” he said.

Whitney Township Clerk Kimberly Anderson said roughly 400 people in the township can vote on the millage renewal.

“It’s just a small portion of the township,” she said.

Millage amounts are determined by the taxable value of property; 1 mill is the equivalent of $1 for each $1,000 of taxable value.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 5.

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