2017-04-27 / Front Page

Election Day Is May 2

A millage request for career and technical education and some area school millages will be on the ballot on election day Tuesday, May 2. Voters in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac 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. The proposal would benefit every school in the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (ISD). Funds from this millage can only be used for CTE courses and would help schools in several ways. For schools that have CTE courses on campus, the funds would help to maintain those courses, expand them, and offer them to students from other schools. Schools without their own CTE programs will receive funds to send career and technical students to schools that do.

Examples of career and technical education subjects could include such things as welding, computer science, construction, hospitality services, automotive, construction, marketing, drafting, finance, culinary arts, teaching, welding, broadcasting, and woodworking.

The same millage proposal was defeated by a close margin by voters in 2016. The proposal must be made region-wide, according to ISD Superintendent Dan Reattoir, rather than by individual districts. But individual districts can choose how to set their programs up or partner with other schools. For detailed information on how the millage would be used in various districts, see the February 23 and March 9 editions of The St. Ignace News (online at www.stignacenews.com, free access).

Voters in Clark and part of Marquette townships will also vote on an operating millage renewal for Les Cheneaux Community Schools in Cedarville. The proposal is a renewal of a millage already in place of 19.5 mills ($19.50 for every $1,000 of taxable property.) The proposal is for four years, 2018 to 2021, and will provide funds for operating purposes. The estimated revenue for 2018 would be approximately $2,413,750.

Precinct 1C of Marquette Township will vote on a millage proposal for Pickford Public Schools. The proposal would increase the current millage by 1 mill for a period of two years, 2017 and 2018. The estimated revenue would be $4,900.

Portage Township voters will be presented with renewal and increase proposals for improvement of county roads in Portage Township. Roads 1 proposal is for 1 mill for three years, and would raise approximately $75,700 in 2017. Roads 2 proposal is for 2 mills for three years, and would raise an estimated $151,400 in 2017. Voters in precinct 1A of Portage Township will vote on a millage renewal proposal for Tahquamenon Area Schools. The proposal is a renewal of a millage that expired in 2016, and is for 18 mills for the year 2017. If approved, the estimated revenue would by $3,140,289 for 2017.

On Mackinac Island, city elections will take place. Incumbents are the only candidates to have filed for city offices. Mayor Margaret Doud, City Clerk Danielle Wightman,

City Treasurer Richard Linn, Assessor Robert G. Benser, and Supervisor Bradley Chambers all seek reelection to one-year terms. City council candidates, seeking another three-year term, are Steven Moskwa and Anneke Myers.

Other council members, whose terms are not up for reelection this year, are Dennis Bradley, Sr., Kathleen Hoppenrath, Andrew Mc- Greevy, and Jason St. Onge.

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