ESCANABA - Voters in Delta County have rejected all but one school millage proposal. An additional proposal for Garden Township was also defeated.
One of two operating millage renewal proposals on the ballot for Rapid River Schools passed by a vote of 800 to 712. The proposal is a renewal of the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 19.4908 mills ($19.4908 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law. By passing the measure, the millage is renewed for nine years, from 2014 to 2022, to provide funds for operating purposes. Without the renewal, the millage was set to expire with the 2013 tax levy.
A second proposal for Rapid River Schools that would increase the tax limitation on the amount of taxes to be assessed against all property by .5092 mills, however, was rejected by a vote of 764 to 743. The millage was intended to span from 2014 to 2022 in order to restore the millage lost as a result of a required reduction by the Michigan Constitution of 1963.
Two Gladstone School District proposals were also denied by voters. The first would have increased the limitation on the amount of taxes to be assessed against all property by 18 mills from 2014 to 2022 for operating purposes. Of this, 17.5669 mills would have been renewed, while the remaining .4331 mill was a restoration of millage lost due to a required reduction. The millage failed by a vote of 2,652 to 1,846.
The second millage proposal, which was defeated 2,605 votes to 1,881, would have increased the limitation on the amount of taxes to be assessed against all property by 2 mills from 2012 to 2022 for operating purposes. The millage was to restore millage lost as a result of a required state reduction.
A Mid Peninsula School District operating millage would have increased the limitation on the amount of taxes to be assessed against all property by 18 mills from 2014 to 2033. Of this amount, 17.5086 mills was for renewal, while the remaining .4914 mills was to restore millage lost as a result of a state reduction. The millage was defeated 411-351.
One final proposal for a millage increase in Garden Township, was defeated by a vote of 289 to 167. The proposal was intended to restore the township's millage from .6918 mills to the original allocated rate of 1 mill to recover that millage reduction. Though it failed to pass, the millage would have been levied in the township from 2013 to 202 for general fund operating purposes.