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Three out of four DATA millages pass

ESCANABA — Delta County voters chose to support the Delta Area Transit Authority’s Transportation services in a number of townships by approving millage requests Tuesday. The only township voting on a DATA proposal that rejected it was Cornell Township.

The Delta Area Transit Authority’s Transportation millage will levy 0.5 mil ($0.5 per 1,000 taxable value) for the five-year period between 2018 and 2022 in order to provide on demand response and other related services to members of the general public.

Escanaba Township residents voted to approve a millage renewal to support DATA. The proposal was supported by 66 percent of votes cast (526 votes) and the millage will raise an estimated $54,987.

In Bark River Township the proposal was supported by 57 percent of votes cast (137 votes) and the millage will raise an estimated $19,510 for DATA.

In Bay de Noc Township, the proposal was supported by 64 percent of votes cast (58 votes) and the millage will raise an estimated $14,264.

In contrast, in Cornell Township, 56 percent of votes cast in the election (75 votes) were cast against the proposal, which was supported by 44 percent of voters cast (59 votes). The millage would have raised an estimated $10,907 for the Delta Area Transit Authority Transportation purposes in the township.

“We are really excited about the service that will provide in those new areas,” said DATA Director John Stapleton.

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