Primary election on Tuesday

ESCANABA – Voters in Delta County will narrow down the field in several contested U.S., state and county races, as well as decide on several millage proposals and renewals during Tuesday’s primary election.

Ballots for each township and precinct can be viewed on www.deltacountymi.org. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.

In the race for U.S. House of Representatives for Michigan’s First Congressional District, the incumbent Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) will be challenged by Alan Arcand (R-Iron River). In November, the winner will face off against Jerry Cannon (D-Fife Lake), who is running unopposed on the Democratic portion of the ballot this primary election.

Christopher M. Germain (D-Escanaba) and Chris LaMarche (D-Gladstone) will face off in the race for State Senator for Michigan’s 38th District. The winner will take on incumbent State Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) in November.

Another highly contested race is for Delta County District Court judge. Candidates vying for the seat of retiring Judge Glenn Pearson are County Prosecutor Steve Parks and local attorneys John Economopoulos and Trenton M. Stupak. The top two vote getters will advance to the general election ballot in November.

Of the five county commission seats, Democrat John C. Malnar is challenging incumbent Democrat Thomas C. Elegeert, to represent District 1 on the Delta County Board of Commissioners. District 1 covers Baldwin, Bay de Noc, Brampton, Cornell, Ensign, Fairbanks, Garden, Maple Ridge, Masonville and Nahma townships.

Millage proposals will also appear for the following townships:

BALDWIN TOWNSHIP

Baldwin Township residents will vote on whether to renew a road improvement millage at 3 mills ($3 per $1,000 of taxable value) for five years from 2015 to 2019 inclusive.

If approved, the revenue generated from the 3 mills in the first year that the millage is authorized and levied will be $95,310.

BAY DE NOC TOWNSHIP

Bay de Noc Township residents will have two millage proposals on their ballot: a road millage proposal and an operation millage proposal.

Residents will vote whether to impose an increase of up to 1.5 mills ($1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) for five years, 2015 through 2019 inclusive, to be used solely for improvements on township roads and the required maintenance of the Bay de Noc Township Hall parking lot.

The 1.5 mill increase would raise an estimated $41,543 in the first year the millage is levied.

For the second proposal, residents will vote whether to increase up to 0.5 mills (50 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) and levy it for five years, 2015 through 2019 inclusive, for a township operating millage.

The 0.5 mill increase would raise an estimated $13,848 in the first year levied.

BRAMPTON TOWNSHIP

Brampton Township residents will vote whether to renew an expired increase in the tax limitation of 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) used to support the Baldwin Township Fire Department. The increase would raise the millage by the amount rolled back under the limitation, renewing the millage at the original voted 1 mill that has been collected since the increase was first approved.

The 1 mill would be levied for a period of 10 years, 2015 to 2024 inclusive, for the operation, equipment, and maintenance of the fire department. The estimated revenue that would be collected in the first year the millage is authorized and levied would be $25,060.95.

CORNELL TOWNSHIP

Cornell Township residents will vote whether to renew a previously voted increase in the tax limitations on 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 taxable value) reduced to .9772 mills ($.9772 peer $1,000 of taxable value) by required millage rollbacks. The renewal of the increase would restore the millage to 1 mill.

The 1 mill would be levied for five years, 2015 through 2019 inclusive for general operating purposes and would raise an estimated $20,588 in the first year levied.

ENSIGN TOWNSHIP

Ensign Township residents will vote whether to renew a previously voted increase in the tax limitations on 1.5 mills ($1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) reduced to 1.4817 mills by required rollbacks. The increase would renew the millage at the original 1.5 mill rate and levy the millage for six years, 2015 through 2020 inclusive.

The millage would provide funds for fire purposes, the fire department, and equipment and provide an estimated $43,379.25 in the first year levied.

ESCANABA TOWNSHIP & WELLS TOWNSHIP

Residents in Wells and Escanaba townships will vote whether to approve a new millage for Delta Area Transit Authority services to provide demand response and other related services for the elderly, persons with disabilities, the disadvantaged, and the general public.

In both townships the proposal is for .5 mills (50 cents per $1,000 of state taxable value) on all property for a period of five years, 2014 to 2018 inclusive.

The millage would be used to bring DATA services into the township or townships that approved the measure. In Escanaba Township an estimated $51,253.07 would be collected in the first year the millage was levied. In Wells Township $117,857.75 would be collected in the first year levied.

STATEWIDE PROPOSAL

All townships and municipalities throughout the state of Michigan will vote on Proposal 14-1, which asks voters for the approval of an amendatory act to reduce state use tax and replace it with a local community stabilization share to modernize the tax system, which is designed to help small businesses grow and create jobs in the state. According to the official wording of the proposal, the amendatory act adopted by the Legislature would also: require Local Community Stabilization Authority to provide revenue to local governments dedicated for local purposes, including police safety, fire protection, and ambulance emergency services; increase the portion of state use tax dedicated for aid to local school districts; prohibit the Authority from increasing taxes; and prohibit total use tax rate from exceeding existing constitutional 6 percent limitation.