Voters to decide two county-wide millages today

ESCANABA — Residents of Delta County will decide whether or not to approve a pair of county-wide millage requests today. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“We have two county-wide proposals,” Delta County Clerk Nancy Przewrocki said.

A law enforcement millage request included on the ballot for the upcoming election would levy a total amount not to exceed 1.3 mills, or $1.30 for each $1,000 of taxable value, from 2020 to 2029. The law enforcement millage request would both renew the county’s existing law enforcement millage and add on to it. A total of .9 of it is a renewal, and .4 of it is new millage.

Funds from the millage would be put towards road patrol, search and rescue services and the operations of the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, and any other law enforcement purpose authorized by law. If the millage is approved and levied, the county would collect an estimated $1,550,000 in its first year.

The other county-wide millage proposal calls for the renewal of Delta County’s 911 millage from 2020 to 2024.

The request is for .75 mills. Unlike the law enforcement millage request, this request is for a straightforward renewal of the existing 911 millage.

The county would collect about $875,000 in the renewed 911 millage’s first year if it is approved by voters and levied in full. Millage funds would be used to “operate, furnish, and equip” Delta County’s 911 emergency telephone answering and dispatch system.

For voters in some parts of Delta County, these will not be the only proposals they will have input on today.

Residents of Bark River Township will vote on a millage proposal asking if the tax limitation on general ad valorem taxes in the township should be increased by 1 mill, or $1 per $1,000 of taxable value, from 2019 to 2023 in order to operate and maintain the Bark River Township Senior Center and the Bark River Township Fire Department. If approved, the increased millage would generate an estimated $40,726 in its first year.

In Big Bay de Noc School District, voters will be asked whether or not they support the renewal of the current school district operating millage rate limitation of 19.7958 mills, or roughly $19.80 per $1,000 of taxable value, from 2020 to 2029. This would provide the district with operational funds; if the renewal is approved and 18 mills are levied, the district would collect about $1,645,300 in 2020.

The rate includes two extra mills to compensate for a Headlee rollback.

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