ESCANABA - Four out of the five local township millage proposals that appeared on the ballot Tuesday passed. Garden and Nahma townships each had two millage proposals and Maple Ridge had one.
Garden Township citizens voted against restoring a reduced millage rate from .6918 to the original 1 mill. The rate was reduced by required Headlee millage rollbacks. The .3082 mill increase would have recovered that millage reduction and have levied from 2012 through 2019 for general fund operating expenses. The increase was expected to raise an estimated $17,200 in the first year it was levied.
Garden Township residents also voted to approve a transfer station millage renewal proposal. The proposal raises the millage rate for operation and equipment of the township's solid waste transfer station. The millage was dropped from 2 mills to 1.9864 mills by required millage rollbacks, but will now be restored to 2 mills and will be levied from 2012 through 2022. The change is expected to raise an estimated $90,000 in the first year that the millage is levied.
Maple Ridge Township residents have voted to renew and increase the millage, which was previously reduced by required millage rollbacks, for fire protection services. The millage will be increased from .8795 mills to the original 1 mill and will be levied from 2012 through 2031.
It is estimated the renewal and increase will raise $26,322 in the first year the millage is levied.
Nahma Township residents voted to override the Headlee reduction on a millage for township operating purposes.
The millage was previously reduced to .7622 mills but will be restored to 1 mill for levy on taxable, real and tangible personal property from 2013 through 2020. The estimated revenue from the .2378 increase will be $7,761 in the first year.
Nahma Township also voted to restore a .4992 mill, which was reduced due to required millage rollbacks, back to the original .5 mills for 2013 to 2016. The one half mill will be used to update and repair the Nahma Township hall and grounds. It is estimated to generate $16,319 in the first year levied.