Millages, Props Candidates & Referendums

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News Editor

In addition to the gubernatorial, congressional and senatorial races, Charlevoix County voters will have a number of state propositions, county millages, boards and even one referendum to decide.

Following is a rundown of Charlevoix county millages, office candidates and more that will be decided on Tuesday Nov. 4.

GRANDVUE MILLAGE

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.

PARKS MILLAGE

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.

VETERANS MILLAGE

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.

ROAD MILLAGE RENEWAL

Renewal of the County’s 1.0 mill road millage, which expires after the December 2014 levy, in order to continue funding road improvements throughout the county. The levy would last two years, 2015 and 2016.

FLUORIDE INITIATIVE

If approved, this would 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. Proposed language: “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.”

Eveline Twnp FIRE/EMS MILLAGE

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.

EJ SCHOOLS MILLAGE

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.

BOYNE FALLS SCHOOLS MILLAGE

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.