Several millage proposals scheduled for August election (2022)

Voters throughout Cheboygan County will be asked to vote on a number of ballot proposals this August during the primary election, including renewal of the Cheboygan County road millage and senior millage.

The road millage is a countywide millage that is used for the improvement of roads throughout the county. This is the second time the Cheboygan County Road Commission has requested a four-year renewal of this millage. It was originally passed eight years ago.

The ballot proposal will reestablish the 1mill road millage previously approved by the voters of the county. This millage expired after the Dec. 21, 2021 levy of the funds.

This millage hasbeen rolled back by the Headlee Amendment, which reduced it to 0.9979 mills. The proposal in August is asking to renew the millage and restore it to the full 1mill levy.

The ballot will read, "Shall the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on the amount of ad valorem taxes which may be levied by the County of Cheboygan, State of Michigan, against taxable property in the county be increased by up to 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of fouryears, 2022 through 2025, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds exclusively for the maintenance, repair, and resurfacing of roads in accord with MCL 224.20b within the cities, villages, and unincorporated areas of the County of Cheboygan, and shall the Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners be authorized to levy such millage for these purposes? If approved and levied in its entirety, this millage would raise an estimated $1,627,474 for Cheboygan County in 2022."

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For the senior millage, voters will be asked to reestablish the .5mill that allowslocal entities such as the Cheboygan County Council on Aging to provide services to senior citizens.

This millage expired after the December 2021 tax levy. If voters approve the renewal of this millage, it will also restore the millage back to a full .5mill levy, as it had been decreased through the Headlee Amendment to a 0.4989 mill levy.

The ballot language will read, "Shall the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on the amount of ad valorem taxes which may be levied by the County of Cheboygan, State of Michigan, against taxable property in the county be increased by up to .5 mills ($.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of four years, 2022 through 2025, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for senior citizen services within the county, including capital improvements at the senior centers, and shall the Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners be authorized to levy such millage for this purpose? If approved and levied in its entirety, this millage would raise an estimated $813,737 for Cheboygan County in 2022."

Voters in Cheboygan County will also see an emergency services millage proposal on the ballot this year, requesting up to .5mills be levied. This millage is for the purposes of the county having the funds to pay its share of operation, capital improvements and equipment for CCE 911 Central Dispatch Authority, which dispatches emergency personnel for three counties, including Cheboygan County.

This millage will also provide funds to help pay for the operations, capital improvements and equipment for the Cheboygan County Office of Emergency Management, and purchasing equipment and vehicles for the Cheboygan County Sheriff's Department in 2022-2025.

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The ballot language will read: "Shall the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on the amount of ad valorem taxes which may be levied by the County of Cheboygan, State of Michigan, against taxable property in the county be increased by up to .5 mills ($.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of four years, 2022 through 2025, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds to cover its share of the operation, capital improvements, and equipment of the CCE 911 Central Dispatch Authority, for the operation, capital improvements, and equipment of the Cheboygan County sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management; and for the purchase of vehicles and equipment for the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, and shall the Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners be authorized to levy such millage for these purposes? If approved and levied in its entirety, this millage would raise an estimated $813,737 for Cheboygan County in 2022."

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Aloha Township

Aloha Township residents will have two different millages to vote on, including a renewal millage proposition for fire protection services and equipment. They will also have a renewal of the township's road millage on the ballot.

For fire protection, the voters will be asked "Shall the previous voted increase in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Aloha Township, Cheboygan County, Michigan, of 1 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value), reduced to .9906 mills ($.9906 per $1,000 of taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed and increased up to the original voted 1.0 mills ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for four years, 2023 through 2026 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds to be used by the township for fire protection services and equipment within said township and shall said township levy such renewal millage during such period, which renewal millage will raise in the first year of said levy an estimated $69,882?"

For its road millage renewal, the township residents will be asked, "Shall the previous voted increase in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Aloha Township, Cheboygan County, Michigan, of 1.0 mills ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value), reduced to .9906 mills ($.9906 per $1,000 of taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed and increased up to the original voted 1.0 mills ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for fouryears, 2023 through 2026 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds to be used by the township for road maintenance, improvement, upgrading, and other road related expenses within said township and shall said township levy such renewal millage for such purposes, which renewal millage, will raise in the first year of said levy an estimated $69,882?"

Burt Township

Burt Township residents will be asked to consider a millage proposal for fire protection, with ballot language reading:"Shall Burt Township impose an increase of .5mills ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Burt Township, Cheboygan County, Michigan, for two years, 2022 through 2023 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds to be used by the township for fire protection within said township and shall said township levy such millage during such period, which millage will raise in the first year of said levy an estimated $77,801?"

Forest Township

Forest Township will have a similar renewal millage proposal for fire protection. It reads:"Shall the previous voted increase in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Forest Township, Cheboygan County, Michigan, of 1.00 mill ($1 per $1,000.00 of taxable value), reduced to .9959 mills ($.9959 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed and increased up to the original voted 1.00 mill ($1.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value), and levied for four years, 2023 through 2026 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds to be used by the township for fire protection within said township and shall said township levy such renewal millage, or any portion thereof, for such purposes, which renewal millage, will raise in the first year of said levy an estimated $32,158.26?"

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Koehler Township

Koehler Township residents will also be asked to renew a millage proposal for fire protection within its boundaries. The ballot language for this proposal will read:"Shall the previous voted increase in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Koehler Township, Cheboygan County, Michigan, of 2 mills ($2.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value), reduced to 1.9601 mills ($1.9601 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed and increased up to the original voted 2.0 mills ($2.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) and levied for sixyears, 2023 through 2028 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds to be used by the township for fire protection within said township and shall said township levy such renewal millage, or any portion thereof, during such period, which millage, if levied in full, will raise in the first year of said levy an estimated $158,316.37?"

Nunda Township

Nunda Township officials are requesting voters within its jurisdiction to approve a renewal for the improvement, maintenance and upgrading of local roads. The ballot language will read:"Shall the previous voted increase in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Nunda Township, Cheboygan County, Michigan, of 1.25 mills ($1.25 per $1,000 of taxable value), reduced to 1.2467 mills ($1.2467 per $1,000 of taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed and increased up to the original voted 1.25 mills ($1.25 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for fouryears, 2023 through 2026 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds to be used by the township for road maintenance, improvement, upgrading, and other road related expenses within said township and shall said township levy such renewal millage, or any portion thereof, for such purposes, which renewal millage, will raise in the first year of said levy an estimated $64,220.35?"

Inland Lakes School District

Voters in the Inland Lakes School District will be asked to approve the school district's operating millage. This millage renewal proposal would allow the district to continue to levy the statutory rate of up to 18 mills on all properties, except principal residences and other tax exempt properties.

If this millage is approved, the school district will be able to continue to receive its full revenue per pupil foundation allowance, as well as restore the millage to the full levying amount as it had been reduced by the Headlee Amendment.

Voters will be asked, "Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Inland Lakes Schools, Cheboygan County, Michigan, be renewed by 17.8956 mills ($17.8956 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of four years, 2023 to 2026, inclusive, and also be increased by .5 mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of fiveyears, 2022 to 2026, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and if 0.1044 mill of the above is levied in 2022 is approximately $28,626, and if 18 mills of the above are levied in 2023 is approximately $5,034,398 (this millage is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2022 levy and a restoration of millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the 'Headlee'amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963)?"

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Contact Reporter Kortny Hahn at khahn1@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter at @khahnCDT.

This article originally appeared on Cheboygan Daily Tribune: County road and senior millage renewals among those on August ballot

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