August 14, 2018

MSUE, transit and veterans millages top August ballot

School, library, township and city proposals also on ballot

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OGEMAW COUNTY — Voters in Ogemaw County will see at least three local proposals on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot, as they will be asked to vote on three separate county issues. Other proposals that will be seen in different county precincts include a school millage, library millage and several township and city proposals.

In all, 14 local proposals will appear on the ballot, though no one will see all 14. Below are all of the measures voters could see when they head to the polls next week. Another round of measures will appear on the November ballot.

Countywide Proposals

• Ogemaw County 4-H and Michigan State University Extension Services Millage

Voters will be asked whether to approve a 0.1465 mill levy for eight years to pay for the costs associated with operating 4-H youth programs and MSUE services in Ogemaw County. If approved, the millage is expected to raise approximately $124,871 in its first year. The millage would run from 2018 through 2025.

• Public Transit Millage Renewal Proposal

Voters will be asked whether to approve a renewal of a 0.3 mill levy for five years to continue providing operating funds for Ogemaw County Public Transit, which operates countywide. If approved, the millage would raise approximately $255,709 in its first year. It would run from 2018 through 2022.

• Veterans Millage Renewal Proposal

Voters will be asked whether to approve a renewal of a 0.125 mill levy for five years to provide operating funds for veterans services in Ogemaw County. If approved, the millage would raise approximately $106,546 in its first year. It would run from 2019 through 2023.

District Proposals

• West Branch-Rose City Area Schools Sinking Fund Millage Increase

Voters in the West Branch-Rose City Area School District will be asked whether to approve a 1 mill levy for five years to create a sinking fund for school security improvements, the acquisition or upgrading of technology, the construction or repair of school buildings, purchase of real estate for sites for school buildings and other purposes allowed by law. If approved, the millage would generate approximately $700,000 in its first year. It would run from 2018 through 2022.

• West Branch District Library Millage Renewal

Voters within the city of West Branch and the townships of Edwards, Foster, Horton, Ogemaw and West Branch will be asked whether to approve a renewal of a 0.4 mill levy for 10 years to provide funds for all district library purposes authorized by law. If approved, the millage would generate approximately $148,000 in its first year, which would be 2020. The millage would run from 2020 through 2029.

City and Township Proposals

• Rose City Fire Protection Millage Renewal

Voters in Rose City will be asked whether to approve a renewal of a 1 mill levy for 12 years to provide funds for fire protection within the city. If approved, the millage would generate approximately $11,311 in its first year. It would run from 2019 through 2030.

• Foster Township Fire Equipment Millage Renewal

Voters in Foster Township will be asked whether to approve a renewal of a 0.5 mill levy for five years for the purpose of acquiring firefighting and emergency equipment. If approved, the millage would generate approximately $24,582 in its first year. It would run from 2018 through 2022.

• Goodar Township Fire Protection Millage Renewal

Voters in Goodar Township will be asked whether to approve a renewal of a 0.5 mill levy for six years for fire protection. As the millage had been reduced to 0.4969 due to the Headlee Rollback, voters are being asked to renew the millage at its full 0.5 mill. If approved, the millage would generate approximately $12,642 in its first year. It would run from 2019 through 2024.

• Goodar Township Fire Equipment Millage Renewal

Voters in Goodar Township will also be asked whether to approve a renewal of a 0.5 mill levy for six years for fire equipment. As with the fire protection millage, this millage had been reduced to 0.4969 due to required rollbacks, and the request is to renew it at the full 0.5 mill. If approved, the millage would also generate approximately $12,642 in its first year, and would run from 2019 through 2024.

• Klacking Township Operating Millage

Voters in Klacking Township will be asked whether to approve a renewal of a 1 mill levy for 10 years for operating services. If approved, it would generate approximately $26,779.70 in its first year. It would run from 2018 through 2027.

• Klacking Township Road Millage Renewal

Voters in Klacking Township will also be asked whether to approve a renewal of a 3 mill levy for 10 years for road improvements within the township. If approved, the millage would raise approximately $80,339.10 in its first year. It would run from 2018 through 2027.

• Klacking Township Fire Protection Service Millage Increase

Voters in Klacking Township will also be asked whether to approve a 0.75 mill levy for five years to purchase a new pumper truck for the fire department. If approved, the millage is expected to generate approximately $20,084.78 in its first year. It would run from 2018 through 2022.

• Rose Township Road Improvement Millage Renewal*

Voters in Rose Township will be asked whether to approve a 1 mill renewal for five years for road improvements. If approved, the millage would generate approximately $47,824 in its first year. It would run from 2019 through 2023.

• Rose Township Fire Department Operation Millage Renewal*

Voters in Rose Township will also be asked whether to approve a 2 mill renewal for five years for fire department operations. If approved, the millage would generate approximately $95,649 in its first year. It would run from 2019 through 2023.

* Due to an error when writing the ballot language, Rose Township’s renewals are identified as increases on the ballot. However they are renewals of previous millages.

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