November 23, 2014

Millages set for the November ballot

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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ARENAC COUNTY — Three local municipalities will have millages on the November ballot, and portions of three more will vote on an Iosco educational program millage Nov. 6.

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

Arenac Township will be bringing forth a road millage again after it narrowly failed during the August primary. The millage is 1 mill for four years — 2012 through 2015 — to maintain and repair roads throughout the township. It is expected to raise $23,656 in its first year for road work.

Currently the township pays for road repairs out of its general fund, but Clerk Cindy Halamar told the Independent in July the township is hurting for money after a state reappraisal, and would like to have the money to help work on roads.

Deep River Township is also asking for a similar road millage, which would run from 2012-2015 at 1 mill. The millage is expected to raise approximately $48,708 in its first year to maintain and repair roads in the township.

The Arenac County Road Commission also can help out townships with road repair work, as it has a program of matching up to the first $25,000 spent on road repairs.

The city of Standish is seeking up to 2 mills for a police millage, which would run for two years — 2013 and 2014 — to bring in money for the city’s police department. Currently the police department is funded through the city’s general fund; this would provide enough money for the city to hire a second officer and purchase equipment.

Residents of Whitney, Mason, and Clayton Township who are part of the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency will also have a proposal to vote on, to establish a career and technical education program. The proposal is for 0.65 mills over 10 years, from 2013-2022. It is expected to raise $993,000 per year if approved.

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