Most local millages approved

ESCANABA – Delta County voters made their voices heard and approved the vast majority of millage proposals in the county Tuesday.

BALDWIN TOWNSHIP

Baldwin Township residents voted to renew a road improvement millage at 3 mills ($3 per $1,000 of taxable value) for five years from 2015 to 2019 inclusive. The revenue generated from the three mills in the first year that the millage is authorized and levied will be $95,310.

The millage proposal was approved with 68 votes in favor and 36 votes opposed.

BAY DE NOC TOWNSHIP

Bay de Noc Township residents had two millage proposals on their ballot: a road millage proposal and an operation millage proposal. Both millage proposals were approved by voters.

Residents voted 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 will raise an estimated $41,543 in the first year the millage is levied. The proposal was passed with 50 votes in favor and 31 votes against the proposal

For the second proposal, residents voted 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 will raise raise an estimated $13,848 in the first year levied. The operating millage proposal was approved with 56 votes for and 28 votes against.

BRAMPTON TOWNSHIP

Brampton Township residents voted 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 will 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 will 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 will be collected in the first year the millage is authorized and levied is $25,060.95.

The proposal passed with 162 votes in support of the proposal and 41 votes against.

CORNELL TOWNSHIP

Cornell Township residents voted 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 will restore the millage to 1 mill.

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

The proposal passed with 66 votes in support and 33 against.

ENSIGN TOWNSHIP

Ensign residents voted 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 will renew the millage at the original 1.5 mill rate and levy the millage for six years, 2015 through 2020 inclusive.

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

The proposal passed with 147 votes in support and 29 votes against the measure.

ESCANABA TOWNSHIP & WELLS TOWNSHIP

Residents in Wells and Escanaba townships voted 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. The proposal was approved in Escanaba Township and rejected by voters in Wells Township.

In both townships the proposal was 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.

In Escanaba Township voters approved the proposal with 373 votes in favor and 337 against. A total of $51,253.07 will be collected in the first year the millage is levied.

In Wells Township voters rejected the proposal with 445 votes against and 419 in support of the millage. In Wells Township $117,857.75 would have been collected in the first year levied.