Schoolcraft jail millage vote up for recount

MANISTIQUE — A recount of Schoolcraft County’s general election votes on a county jail millage request and District One’s seat on the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners will be held on Friday, Dec. 14.

This recount, which will be conducted by the Board of County Canvassers, will take place at the Schoolcraft County Courthouse and will begin at 8 a.m. Friday. The recount is expected to be completed the same day.

One of the items the recount will deal with is a county jail millage request. During the election, 1,835 votes (48.58 percent) were cast in favor of a 20-year millage request for up to 3 mills ($3 per $1,000 of taxable value) from 2018 to 2037 on all property in Schoolcraft County to build, operate, furnish and equip a new county jail and to continue the sheriff’s road patrol for the county. However, 1,942 votes (51.42 percent) were cast against the request.

If the recount finds that more voters were in favor of the millage request than against it, an estimated $1,078,563 will be raised in the first calendar year of the millage.

Votes cast in the general election race for District One’s seat on the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners will also be recounted Friday. Incumbent Craig A. Reiter (D) ran against write-in candidate William Vandagriff (nonpartisan) for the district’s seat on the board. Reiter received 295 votes (49.08 percent), while Vandagriff was supported by 286 voters (47.59 percent).

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