2017-03-09 / News

Elections To See School Millage Requests, City Elections on Island

School millages, road proposals, and city officer elections are among the issues that area voters will decide at the ballot box May 2.

All registered voters of Mackinac, Luce, and Chippewa counties, as well as Seney Township in Schoolcraft County, will vote on a proposed millage for career and technical education through the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District. The proposed millage is 1 mill for 10 years, or $1 for every $1,000 of taxable property. If passed, the millage would produce more than $2.3 million and fund CTE opportunities for juniors and seniors throughout the district.

Les Cheneaux Community Schools will be seeking the renewal of an operating millage that expires in 2017. The renewal proposal is 18 mills for four years, 2018 through 2021. The millage would produce approximately $2.4 million.

Pickford Public Schools is proposing an operating millage that would increase the current millage rate by 1 mill for two years, 2017 and 2018. The increase would produce approximately $4,900. Total mills collected would be 18.

Portage Township will vote on two renewal and increase road proposals. Both proposals are renewals of existing millages, one of 1 mill for three years, and one of 2 mills for three years. Required millage rollbacks decreased these millages to 0.9961 mill and 1.9922 mills, respectively. This proposal is for the renewal of the millages and increase to the original voted amount. Passage of these proposals would raise an estimated $75,000 and $151,000 for the improvement of county roads in the township. A portion of Portage Township will also vote on an operation millage renewal for Tahquamenon Area Schools of 18 mills for the year 2017. This is a renewal of a mill that expired in 2016 and would produce approximately $3 million in 2017.

On Mackinac Island, incumbents are seeking reelection and all seats are uncontested. Margaret Doud is running for another one-year term as mayor. Bradley T. Chambers is running for supervisor, and Danielle M. Wightman is running for city clerk, Richard Linn for treasurer, and Robert Benser for assessor. Steven Moskwa and Anneke Myers are running for council seats.

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