Supervisor, millage votes to be recounted

GLADSTONE — Recounts for Delta County’s general election votes on a Big Bay de Noc School District sinking fund millage proposal and the Fairbanks Township supervisor race will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Gladstone City Hall.

Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich said recounts are not unusual for local elections.

“They’re fairly common … about half the counties in the (Upper Peninsula) will be doing a recount for local elections,” she said.

One of the recounts will deal with votes on a Big Bay de Noc School District sinking fund millage proposal. This vote, which citizens of the townships of Fairbanks, Garden, Nahma and Inwood voted on in the Nov. 6 general election, ended in a tie — 617 votes were cast in favor of the proposal, and an equal number of votes were cast against it.

If the recount finds that more voters were in favor of the sinking fund millage proposal than against it, it will assess up to 1.9 mills ($1.90 per $1,000 of taxable value) on all property within the school district for the next 10 years from 2018 to 2027 inclusive.

Another recount will take place for the Fairbanks Township supervisor race, which was one of three recall elections in the township. Incumbent Supervisor Ron Collins received 101 votes in this race, while challenger Dan Dalgord received 97 votes.

Kolich said there will not be any other recounts in Delta County after these for the 2018 general election.

“The deadline to file for (a) recount has passed,” she said. The deadline to file for recounts is within six days of the election results being certified, and Delta County’s election results were certified on Nov. 14.

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