Multiple proposals to be on Aug. 4 ballot
A total of 10 millage proposals will be on the ballot for the Aug. 4 primary election throughout Tuscola County municipalities.
Here is a look at what proposals voters can expect to see at the booths (the millage proposals for Caro Area District Library and Columbia Township Library were covered in the July 18 edition of The Advertiser).
Proposal: Mosquito Control and Abatement Proposal
Where: All Tuscola County municipalities
Details: The county is asking for residents to approve a .6316 mills tax increase which will be dispersed to Tuscola County to be used exclusively for mosquito control and abatement services to property within the county. This is a renewal of a previously voter-approved authorization that will expire this year.
If approved, residents will pay .6316 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value for the next six years (2020-25). It is estimated this millage will raise about $1,131,904 in the first calendar year if approved. In 2014, the same millage request was approved 87 percent to 13 percent.
Proposal: Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools Bonding Proposal
Where: Wisner Township, Akron Township Precinct 2, Columbia Township Precinct 2
Details: The USA school district is asking residents within the district to approve a bond issue of $2,570,000. The estimated millage residents will pay if approved is .80 mills (80 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) for a maximum of 10 years. It is estimated the average millage to repay the bond date will be .99 mills. The district will use the money for remodeling, furnishing or refurnishing, and equipping or reequipping school buildings; purchasing school buses; erecting, furnishing and equipping a greenhouse structure at the high school/middle school; and preparing, developing, improving and equipping playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities.
Proposal: Akron Township Road Construction and Maintenance Millage Proposal Renewal
Where: Akron Township
Details: The township is asking residents to approve a four-year .9462 mills bond renewal. The proposal would raise an estimated $144,632.35 in its first year. It will cost residents .9462 cents per $1,000 of taxable value and the funds will be used exclusively for road maintenance and construction in Akron Township. In 2016, the same millage request was approved 82 percent to 18 percent.
Proposal: Almer Charter Township Road Renewal Proposal
Where: Almer Township
Details: This is a 1.0 mills renewal proposal, meaning residents will pay the same percentage ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) if approved. It is estimated the township would receive $64,636.76 in its first year upon approval. The funds from the four-year proposal will go toward constructing, preserving, improving, repairing and maintaining roads, bridges and street systems within Almer Township. In 2016, the same millage request was approved 72 percent to 28 percent.
Proposal: Denmark Township Additional Road Millage Proposal
Where: Denmark Township
Details: This millage request is in addition to two proposals passed in 2016 which are still in effect. In the 2016 primary election, Denmark Township voters approved a .9657 (.9657 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value) Primary Roads and Street Improvement Renewal Proposal (83 percent to 17 percent) and a .4807-mills Bridge and Street Improvement Renewal (86 percent to 14 percent). Both were eight-year proposals. This proposal asks township residents to approve an additional 1.0 mills plan which lasts six years and would raise an estimated $108,779.41 for the township in the first year.
Proposal: Elkland Township Fire Department and Ambulance Millage Proposal and Renewal
Where: Elkland Township
Details: This 1.0 mills ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) proposal, if approved, would provide an estimated $96,993 for the purpose of fire and ambulance services within Elkland Township. It is a six-year proposal.
Proposal: Indianfields Township Irrevocable Limited Franchise Appeal
Where: Indianfields Township
Details: This proposal deals with providing water for the new state-run facility being built at the site of the Caro Center. It asks residents to approve an irrevocable agreement with the city of Caro to hire a public water utility business to provide water for the new facility.
Proposal: Koylton Township Improvement and Maintenance of Roads Renewal Proposal
Where: Koylton Township
Details: Koylton Township is asking voters to approve a 2-mills ($2 per $1,000 of taxable value) proposal which would raise an estimated $75,000 for the exclusive purpose of improving and maintaining roads in the township. It is a four-year proposal. The same millage request was approved 67 percent to 33 percent in 2016.