Voters will decide ballot proposals to fund busing and library services

Voters at the Tuesday, August 4 primary election polls will decide countywide ballot proposals to fund busing and library operations.
The Crawford County Transportation System, more commonly known as Dial-A-Ride, is seeking to levy 0.7027, $0.7027 per $1,000 of taxable value, for a period of five years, 2021 through 2025, for the purpose of paying costs of operating the Crawford County Transportation Authority. The amount of revenue the county will collect, if the millage is approved, is estimated to be $408,924 in the first year.  
The Crawford County Library system is seeking a millage renewal (0.4458, $0.4458 per $1,000 of taxable value, for a period of eight years, 2020 through 2027) to provide funds for all library purposes.
The amount of revenue the county will collect the first year, if the millage is approved by voters, is estimated to be $259,425. The proposed millage is a renewal of a previously authorized millage.
 
School district voters will decide non-homestead funding renewal
 
Voters in the Crawford AuSable School District will decide a proposal for non-homestead property, which accounts for a majority of funding for school operations, at the Tuesday, August 4 primary election polls.
The Crawford AuSable School District is seeking to levy 18 mills on all non-homestead property, which includes commercial and industrial property, and second homes in the county.
The proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residences and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews the millage which will expire with the 2020 tax levy.
Currently, the authorized millage rate limitation of 18 mills, $18 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation, on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residences and other property exempted by law, in Crawford AuSable School District, Crawford, Otsego and Kalkaska Counties, would  be renewed for a period of two years, 2021 and 2022, to provide funds for operating purposes. The estimate of the revenue the school district will collect, if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2021, is approximately $6,373,889. 
 
City voters will decide snow removal millage renewal at the primary election polls
 
The Grayling City Council has a sidewalk snow removal millage renewal  on the Tuesday, August 4 primary election ballot.
The proposal for 0.125 mills levied on property and personal property generates about $60,000 per year for the purpose of purchasing equipment, maintaining equipment, and providing labor for snow removal from all sidewalks in the City of Grayling.
If approved, homeowners would continue to pay $62.50 in taxes per year.
The millage was initially placed before voters out of concern for children and pedestrians walking in the street because the sidewalks were blocked with snow.
Three part-time employees have operated the municipal tractor, commercially designed for blowing the snow up on surrounding property to clear the walkways.
If the millage is approved, a third tractor would be added to the fleet, which is capable of removing snow packed in by plow trucks operated by the City of Grayling’s Department of Public Safety and Crawford County Road Commission.
That tractor would primarily be used to remove snow from walkways along the I-75 Business Loop.
The tractors are sent to remove snow when there is an inch or more of snowfall overnight, but pretty much go out every time it snows.
There are over 35 miles of paved sidewalks and paved walkways in the community.
 
Frederic Township voters will decide emergency services proposals
 
Frederic Township voters will decide two ballot proposals at the Tuesday, August 4 primary election polls to fund the fire department and ambulance operations.
Frederic Township is seeking to reestablish the two mill fire millage previously approved by the electors, which expired after the December 2019 tax levy. Specifically, the proposal renews the previously authorized 1.9338 mills and restores the .0662 mills rolled back by the Headlee Amendment. The Headlee Amendment requires municipalities, school districts, and intermediate school districts to rollback tax levies each year to account for the costs due to inflation.
The millage would be increased by up to two  mills, $2 per $1,000 of taxable value, for a period of four  years, 2020 through 2023, for the purpose of providing funds for fire protection. If approved, the millage would raise an estimated $115,811 for the township in 2020.
Frederic Township also has a proposal to reestablish a one mill ambulance millage previously approved by the electors, which expired after the December 2019 tax levy. Specifically, the proposal renews the previously authorized .9669 mills and restores the .0331 mills rolled back by the Headlee Amendment.
The limitation on the amount of ad valorem taxes which may be levied by the Frederic Township against taxable property in the township would be increased by up to one mill, $1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value, for a period of four years, 2020 through 2023, for the purpose of providing funds for ambulance services. If approved, the millage would raise an estimated $57,905 for the township in 2020.
 
Maple Forest Township has emergency services funding renewal on the ballot
 
Maple Forest Township residents will decide a ballot proposal to fund emergency services at the Tuesday, August 4 primary election polls.
In Maple Forest Township, voters are being asked to approve a renewal for fire and ambulance services, which are provided by the Frederic Township Fire Department and EMS Service.
Frederic Township charges 2.00 mills for the emergency services. Maple Forest will collect one mill for emergency services with the remaining one mill or balance being paid from the township’s improvement fund. 
The proposed levy on total amount of general ad valorem taxes imposed upon real and tangible personal property in Maple Forest Township would be  increased by 1.00 mill, which is equal to $1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value, for a period of four years, 2020 through 2023, inclusive for the purpose of providing emergency services.
The amount of revenue the township will collect, if that millage is approved, is estimated to be $25,335.60.   
 
 

 

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