The two biggest issues facing voters across Charlevoix County seemed to be the race for the circuit judgeship and the fight over fluoride in Boyne City.
Following is a quick look at some of the major races, millages and proposals decided on Tuesday Nov. 4. Look for more comprehensive coverage with responses from the general election’s big winners and losers in the Wednesday Nov. 12 edition of the Boyne City Gazette.
“I am grateful that Charlevoix County has placed their trust in me to serve as their next Circuit Court judge,” said Roy C. “Joe” Hayes III, late Tuesday night.
Hayes bested opponent Mary Beth Kur in the Tuesday Nov. 4 general election for the Charlevoix County 33rd Circuit Judgeship.
Hayes won by a vote of 5,904 to 4,114. Hayes garnered 58.85 percent of the vote.
“I would like to thank everybody who supported my campaign and everybody who voted for me.”
He added, “I promise I will work hard every day to make decisions that are fair and just.”
Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners
1st District – George T. Lasater, Republican (uncontested) – 1,484 votes; there were 28 write-in votes.
2nd District – Chris Christensen, Republican (uncontested) – 1,176 votes; there were 26 write-in votes.
3rd District – Republican Ron Reinhardt beat Democratic challenger Tim LaCroix 840 to 513.
4th District – Joel Evans, Republican (uncontested) – 967 votes; there were 25 write-in votes.
5th District – Nancy Ferguson, Republican (uncontested) – 1,753 votes; there were 48 write-in votes.
6th District – Shirley Roloff, Republican (uncontested) – 1,513 votes; there were 37 write-in votes.
Charlevoix Mayoral race
Charlevoix has a new mayor after sitting mayor Norman L. Carlson Jr. lost to former mayor Gabe Campbell by a vote of 597 to 534.
Charlevoix County 90th District Judge
James N. Erhart (uncontested) – 6,757 votes; there were 36 write-in votes.
Boyne City Fluoride issue
The Boyne City Fluoride Initiative was approved by voters 868 to 396.
This vote came after three Boyne City Commissioners decided earlier this year to stop the decades-old practice of fluoridating the city’s municipal water supply.
“This was a challenging but worthwhile journey” said fluoridation advocate Carl VanDomelen of the group Citizens United for Dental Health. “We needed to gather almost 600 signatures in a couple of weeks to place the fluoride referendum on the ballot and organize the educational campaign. Citizens United for Dental Health appreciates the overwhelming support of the citizens of Boyne City throughout the process.”
He added, “This vote revalidates our citizens’ desires to continue to protect our community’s dental health. This has been a true victory for our citizens and a clear message to our City Commission.”
The other Michigan community voting on continuing water fluoridation was Bronson. Bronson residents voted to keep fluoride in the water supply with a similar 2-1 margin.
According to the voter-approved language, it will amend Chapter 70 of the Boyne City Code of Ordinances to re-establish the addition of fluoridation to the City of Boyne City municipal water system. The ballot measure reads: “Use of fluoride. For the purpose of promoting public health through prevention of dental disease, the city manager is hereby directed to establish and maintain fluoride levels in the city’s waterworks system as prescribed by the State of Michigan. The city manager shall establish a testing program that accurately show fluoride levels in the public water supply on a monthly basis and those results shall be posted on the city website within 30 days after the test results have been obtained.”
The Grandvue operating millage increase was renewed by a vote of 6,795 to 3,283.
Renew the (.75) mills ($.75 per $1,000 of taxable value) increase to this millage for the period of 2015 through 2018 for Grandvue Medical Care Facility operating purposes; $1,488,271 estimated raised the first year.
The Charlevoix County Parks and Recreation millage was approved by a vote of 5,190 to 4,879.
Increase county taxes by .15 mills (15 cents, $.15) per thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of taxable value for four years 2014 through 2017, for parks and recreations capital purchases, operating and programs? The millage would raise an estimated $298,486 in its first year.
The Charlevoix County Veterans millage was approved overwhelmingly by a vote of 7,399 to 2,712.
Increase Charlevoix County taxes by .1 mill (10 cents, $.1) per thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of taxable value for a period of four (4) years, 2014 through 2017, to equip, operate, maintain, to provide monetary support and assistance services to veterans through the county’s Veterans Affairs department? Millage would raise $198,991 in the first year.
The Eveline Township Fire/EMS millage was approved by voters with a vote of 535 to 194.
This proposal will permit the township to levy up to one-half (½) mill for the purpose of providing funds for fire protection and ambulance services over the course of four years, 2014 through 2017, If approved, this millage would raise an estimated $121,788 in 2014.
The East Jordan Schools operating millage was approved by a vote of 1,226 to 536.
This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2014 tax levy. It would last four years, 2015 to 2018, and raise approximately $3,251,232 in 2015.
The Boyne Falls School operating millage was approved by a vote of 361 to 218.
This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2015 tax levy. Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 20.5232 mills be renewed for a period of 12 years, 2016 to 2027, the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2016 is approximately $1,861,066.
Also decided were:
Norwood Township fire proposal by a vote of 237 to 107
Bay Township Road millage by a vote of 377 to 149