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Voters in Schoolcraft County narrow race for commissioner

August 8, 2012
By Jason Raiche - staff writer ( , Daily Press

MANISTIQUE - Voters in Schoolcraft County narrowed the race for a county commissioner and passed three of four millage proposals in Tuesday night's primary election.

In the Republican race for the District 1 seat on the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners, incumbent Craig Reiter was victorious over challenger Michelle Allsteadt by a vote of 94 to 53. Reiter will now face Democrat Jerry Glasscock in November's general election.

Schoolcraft County voters also approved renewing .535 mills (5.35 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) for five years, from 2013 to 2017, for the general operation of the Schoolcraft Conservation District - by a vote of 676 to 548. The millage is expected to generate an estimated $17,727 in revenue in its first year.

Voters also approved the renewal of .4697 mills from 2013 to 2017 to fund the operation of the Manistique Senior Citizens Center in Manistique, 973 votes to 283. The millage is expected to generate revenues of approximately $155,635 in its first year.

However, voters rejected a proposed millage increase for Michigan State University Extension services in the county by a vote of 662 to 564. The request was for a rate increase to a maximum .19 mills for five years, from 2012 to 2016, to fund MSU Extension services in the county.

Thompson Township voters also approved a two-year millage increase of .75 mills to pay off a debt obligation from the purchase of a fire vehicle and related equipment, by a vote of 100 to 36. The measure is expected to generate $37,000 in its first year.



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