May 4 election: Issues on the ballot in Alger County

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ALGER COUNTY, Mich. (WJMN) – The May 4 consolidated election is just days away. Here’s what you need to know what’s on your ballot if you’re in Alger County.

First up is the 911 Millage Proposal to Repeal and Replace Existing Millage. This millage would repeal and replace the existing millage of 0.50 mill that was approved in 2018 and supposed to expire in 2023. The proposed millage would increase it to 1.00 mill or $1.00 of every 1,000 dollars of taxable value for six years, 2021 to 2026. It is estimated that 1.00 mill would raise approximately $404,400 when first levied in 2021. These funds would be used for all 911 emergency telephone dispatch system operations in Alger County.

Next is the Senior Services Millage Renewal and Restoration Proposal. The proposal would increase the millage to 0.50 mill, or 50 cents per 1000 dollars of taxable value for five years, 2022 to 2026. It is estimated that 0.50 mill would raise approximately $202,200 when first levied in 2022. This millage will provide funding for activities and services for older persons in Alger County.

Next is the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Millage Renewal and Restoration Proposal.
The proposal would increase the millage to 0.25 mill or 25 cents per thousand dollars of taxable value for five years, 2022 to 2026. It is estimated that 0.25 mill would raise approximately $101,100 when first levied in 2022. The millage would provide funding for MSU Extension services.

And lastly, is the Alger Transit Authority (ALTRAN) Millage Renewal Proposal. The renewed millage would continue to levy up to 0.75 mills or 75 cents per $1,000.00 of taxable value for five years, 2022 to 2026. f this millage is approved and levied in the 2022 calendar year, it would generate approximately $304,000 in 2022. The funds will be used for the purpose of operating a public transportation system.

There are three issues on the ballot for Burt Township. There is a Fire Protection Millage Renewal that is expiring and asking to be renewed at the previous levy of 1.5 mills or $1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value for five years, 2021 to 2025. It will be used for construction, operation, maintenance, and improvement of the Fire Department of Burt Township raising approximately $81,020 in the first year the millage is levied.

There is also a General Operating -Headlee Millage for Burt Township, asking the allocated township millage rate of 1 mill, reduced to 0.5642 mills by the required millage rollbacks, to be increased by 0.4358 mills or $0.4358 per $1,000 of taxable value to recover that reduction and be levied by Burt Township, in the five years, 2021 through 2025 inclusive, for general operating purposes, raising an estimated $54,021 in the first year the millage is levied.

And the last issue on the ballot for Burt Township is Road Maintenance and Improvements. The expired millage is being asked to be renewed at the previous levy of up to 1.5 mills or $1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value and levied for five years, 2021 through 2025 inclusive, for road maintenance and improvements within Burt Township, raising an estimated $81,020 in the first year the millage is levied.

In Mathias Township there are also three issues on the ballot. There’s a proposal for the purpose of crushing gravel and other road maintenance within the township. It’s proposing an increase of up to one mill or $1.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value and to be levied for three years, 2021 through 2023. The one-mill increase will raise an estimated $20,230.00 in the first year the millage is levied.

There is a proposal for the purchase of new fire trucks or equipment within the township. It’s proposing an increase of up to one mill or $1.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value and to be levied for seven years, 2021 through 2027. A one-mill increase is estimated to raise $20,230.00 in the first year the millage is levied.

The last proposal for Mathias Township is for the purpose of providing fire operating and fire protection services. It is also asking for an increase of up to one mill or $1.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value and to be levied for three years, 2021 through 2023. A one-mill increase is estimated to raise $20,230.00 in the first year the millage is levied

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