TAWAS CITY – Iosco County voters will not only have primary candidate questions to decide in the upcoming Aug. 4 primary election, they will also have to give their stamp of approval, or disapproval, for a variety of millages on the county, township and city level.

 

Iosco County Millages

 

Voters in Iosco County, regardless of their township or city, will see a variety of county-wide millage questions on their ballot. The county-wide millage questions are concerning funding for the county itself, the county’s ambulance service and community transportation services.

 

Iosco Transit 

Operating millage

The primary will have a millage question asking for a millage renewal for Iosco Transit Service for five years, from 2021 to 2025. The millage question asks for a total levy of .1450 mills to generate an estimated $174,761 in the first year for Iosco Transit.

The millage language will appear as such on the ballot as follows:

Shall the increase in the 15 mill tax limitation and levy as approved by the voters in 2015 and 2016 resulting in a total levy of .1450 mills ($.1450 per $1,000.00), be renewed for an additional period of five (5) years, 2021 through 2025 inclusive, thereby raising in the first year an estimated $174,761 for the purpose of providing revenue necessary to continue maintaining current Iosco Transit Corporation operations?”

 

 

Millage to offset rollback 

to Iosco County 

operating millage

A new millage question on the ballot will ask voters to approve a millage increase to take the county millage rate back to 4.5 mills, which was the 1976 allocated rate. The millage was “rolled back” over the years from that rate due to the Headlee Rollback Amendment, which dictates that a millage cannot increase more than the rate of inflation. If approved, the millage increase will be an increase of .5871 mills, to make the county’s total operating millage rate to 4.5 mills again for a period of 12 years. The language will appear on the ballot as follows:

“Shall the previously allocated Iosco County millage rate of 4.500 mills ($4.500 per $1,000 of taxable value), reduced to 3.9129 mills ($3.9129 per $1,000 of taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be increased up by 0.5871 mills ($0.5871 per $1,000 of taxable value) to the 1976 allocated rate to recover that millage reduction and be levied by Iosco County for twelve (12) years (2020-2031) inclusive, for general operating purposes?

If approved and levied in full, this Millage will raise an estimated additional $690,569.00 for general County operating purposes in the first calendar year of the levy based on state taxable valuation. If approved and levied, in accordance with State law, a portion of the millage may also be disbursed to the Tax Increment Finance Authorities of Baldwin Township and the City of East Tawas, and the Local Development Finance Authorities of Oscoda Township and the Oscoda Airport Authority.”

 

 

Millage renewal for 

Michigan State University 

Extension office

A millage that will help fund Iosco County’s Michigan State University extension office will also be on the primary ballot. The millage question will ask voters to approve .12 mill to be renewed for a rate of five years, from 2021 to 2025, and will generate an estimated $141,148 for the first year of the millage. The language is as follows:

“Shall the previous voted increase in the 15 mill limitation and levy, as reduced by the required millage rollback which last resulted in a levy of .12 mill be renewed at .12 mill ($.12 per $1,000 of taxable value), for the years 2021-2025 inclusive upon taxable real and tangible personal property within Iosco County inclusive for the purpose of sustaining 4-H and Michigan State University Extension services within Iosco County, thereby raising in the first year an estimated $141,148.”

 

Millage increase for Iosco County Emergency 

Medial Services

The county is asking for a millage increase for Iosco County Emergency Medical Services, which would bring the agency’s operating millage up to .6 mills from .4431 mills. The operating millage increase would only be for two years, from 2021-22, and would generate an estimated $708,000 in the first year. The language of that millage is as follows:

“For the purpose of reauthorizing funding to provide operating funds to support the Emergency Medical Services program currently being provided by Iosco County, shall the Constitutional limitation upon the total amount of taxes which may be assessed in one (1) year upon all property within the County of Iosco, Michigan, be renewed at the rate of .4431 of (1) mill, and increased by an additional .1569 of one (1) mill, for a total millage rate of up to 60/100 (0.600) of one (1) mill, $0.60 per thousand dollars of state taxable valuation. for a period of two (2) years (2021-2022) inclusive?

“If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $708,000.00 in the first calendar year of the levy, based on state taxable valuation. If approved and levied, in accordance with State law, a portion of the millage may also be disbursed to the Tax Increment Finance Authorities of Baldwin Township and the City of East Tawas, and the Local Development Finance Authorities of Oscoda Township and the Oscoda Airport Authority.”

 

City and 

township millages

 

Tawas City mosquito 

control millage

Voters in Tawas City will be asked to approve a millage for mosquito control in the city for a period of four years, at .4700 mills, which will generate an estimated $27,627 the first year. The language is as follows:

“Shall the limitation on the total amount of millage which may be assessed for all purposes against all property in the City of Tawas City, County of Iosco, State of Michigan, be increased as provided by Section 6, Article 9 of the Constitution of the State of Michigan by an additional .4700 mill ($.47 per $1,000 of taxable value) on all taxable property in the City of Tawas City, for a period of four (4) years, 2021 through 2024 inclusive, thereby raising approximately $27,627 in the first year, and for the purpose of providing mosquito control and suppression?”

 

Grant Township fire, road maintenance and  refuse 

collection millages

Residents of Grant Township will be asked to approve two millages for a renewal on the township’s fire protection millage and a millage to renew the township’s road maintenance millage.

Under the fire ordinance the township is asking residents to approve a levy of 1.5 mills for a period of four years to generate $114,693 for the first year. The language of that millage is as follows:

“Shall the Residents of Grant Township replace the expired 1.5 Mill Levy for Fire Protection that was for a period of four years, 2017 thru 2020 inclusive, with the following:

“Shall the Residents of Grant Township be assessed 1.5 mills ($1.50 per $1,000.00 of Taxable Value) for a period of four years (2021 thru 2024 inclusive) for paying for all aspects of Fire Protection, raising an estimated $114,693.00 in the first year.”

The township’s road maintenance renewal will ask voters to approve a four-year millages of 1.25 mills for road maintenance, repairs and improvements, which will generate an estimated $95,578 for the first year. The language is as follows:

“Shall the Residents of Grant Township replace the expiring 1.25 Mill Levy that was for road maintenance, repairs and improvements. for the period of 2017 through 2020 with the following:

“Shall the Residents of Grant Township be assessed 1.25 Mills ($1.25 per $1,000.00 of Taxable Value) for a period of four years (2021 thru 2024 inclusive) for road maintenance, and improvements including signs, paving, gravel, ditching, seal coating and dust control. Raising in the first year an estimated $95,578.00”

Finally a millage question asking for 3 mills for township refuse pickup curbside for refuse and yard waste and township operations and fire department water source maintenance is on the ballot, but is asking for an increase of a mill to renew the millage in at 3 mill instead of two. The millage would last for a period of four years and generate an estimated $229,387. The language is as follows:

“Shall the Residents of Grant Township replace the expiring 2.00 mill levy that was for curbside pickup of refuse and yard waste, operations of compost/recycling site, and all maintenance of Township Properties and plowing and maintenance of Fire Department water sources for the period of 2017 thru 2020 with the following:

“Shall the Residents of Grant Township be assessed 3.00 mills ($3.00 per $1,000.00 of Taxable Value) for a period of four years (2021 thru 2024 inclusive) for the purpose of all aspects of curbside pickup of refuse and yard waste, operations of compost/recycling site, all maintenance and improvements of Township Properties and plowing and maintenance of Fire Department water sources. Raising in the first year an estimated $229,387.00.”

 

Plainfield Township fire 

and road maintenance millages

In Plainfield Township voters will be asked to approve millages supporting a renew of the township’s fire department operation millage and the township’s road maintenance millage. The fire millage will ask voters to re-approve a .5 mill for four years beginning in 2020 and lasting through 2023 to generate an estimated $113,893 for the first year. The language is as follows:

“Shall the previous voted increase in the 15 mill. Tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Plainfield Township be renewed at .5 mill ($.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) for the period of 2020 through 2023 inclusive for fire department operation; and shall the Township levy such renewal in millage for said purpose, thereby raising in the first year as estimated $113,893.41.”

For the township’s road maintenance renewal millage, the township is asking for its existing 1 mill to be renewed for a period of four years, beginning 2020 and ending 2023, which would generate an estimated $227786 for the first year. The language is as follows.

“Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Plainfield Township be renewed at 1 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) for the period of 2020 through 2023 inclusive for road maintenance; and shall the Township levy such renewal in millage for said purpose, thereby raising in the first year as estimated $227,786.82.”

 

Reno Township fire 

protection millage

Voters in Reno Township will be asked to renew their 1 mill for fire protection for four years, from 2020 through 2023, which will generate revenues of $31,604 for the first year. The language is as follows:

“Shall the residents of Reno Township replace the expired 1 mill levy for fire protection that was in effect from 2016 through 2019 with a new 1 mill levy, as follows: 1 mill for an additional 4 years (2020-2023, inclusive), to be used for fire protection, which would result in a continuation of the $1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value for the purpose of fire protection raising in the first year an estimated $31,604.01.”

 

Wilber Township fire 

protection and road 

maintenance millages

Wilber voters will be asked to replace an expired fire millage, and consider two road construction millages, one for road construction and an addition millage for road construction and maintenance.

Under the fire millage, voters will be asked to renew 1 mill for 2020 through 2023, which will generate $37,000 for the township. The language is as follows:

“Shall the Residents of Wilber Township replace the expired 1 mill levy that was in effect from 2016 through 2019 for fire protection with a new 1 mill levy, as follows:

One (1) mill for an additional four years (2020 through 2023, inclusive), to be used for fire protection, which would result in a continuation of the $1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value for the purpose of fire protection, raising in the first year an estimated $37,000.”

Voters will be asked to consider two road maintenance and construction millages, one asking for regular road maintenance and construction funds, and as second asking for “additional funds. 

Each of those millages ask for the renewal of 1 mill, and both are in the same time frame, from 2020 through 2023, and will each generate an estimated $37,000 the first year.

The language is as follows: “Shall the Residents of Wilber Township replace the expired 1 mill levy that was in effect from 2016 through 2019 for road construction and maintenance with a new 1 mill levy, as follows:

“One (1) mill for an additional four years (2020 through 2023, inclusive), to be used for road construction and maintenance, which would result in a continuation of the $1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value for the purpose of road construction and maintenance, raising in the first year an estimated $37,000.”

For the “additional road construction and maintenance millage, the language is as follows: 

“Shall the Residents of Wilber Township replace the expired additional1 mill levy that was in effect from 2016 through 2019 for road construction and maintenance, with a new 1 mill levy, as follows: One (1) mill for an additional four years (2020 through 2023, inclusive), to be used for road construction and maintenance, which would result in a continuation of the $1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value

for the purpose of road construction and maintenance, raising in the first year an estimated $37,000.”

 

Voter information

Eligible Michigan voters can register to vote online, download an application for a mail-in ballot, and even see a sample ballot for their voting precinct by visiting the Michigan Department of State’s Voter Information Center website at mvic.sos.state.mi.us.

Voters can also check to see if they are registered to vote, and see what precinct they are eligible to vote in for the election.