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Man issues decided in Menominee County vote

MENOMINEE — Multiple issues, ranging from a revision of the City of Stephenson’s charter to a sinking fund millage for Stephenson Area Public Schools, were voted on in Menominee County Tuesday.

In the City of Stephenson, voters were asked whether or not they were in support of a proposed general revision of the city’s charter.

The new revision was approved with 106 votes in favor and 29 votes against.

City residents had voted to adopt a city charter 50 years ago, and the charter that was passed then has not been revised or amended ever since.

A total of nine seats on the city’s charter commission were also on the ballot for the City of Stephenson. These seats were to only take effect if the charter revision was approved.

Candidates Perry Beaudoin, Deborah Chevalier, Don Cugini, Brian Smith, Rae Lynn Thoune and David Westrich were listed on the ballot.

With the charter approved, all six candidates were elected to be commissioners for the City of Stephenson. Three seats remain open.

IVoters in the City of Stephenson and the townships of Cedarville, Daggett, Holmes, Ingallston, Lake, Mellen, Menominee and Stephenson were asked to approve or deny a sinking fund millage proposal for Stephenson Area Public Schools during the election.

The proposal asked voters if they were for or against increasing the limitation on the amount of taxes that may be assessed against all property in the Stephenson Area Public School District by an amount not to exceed 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) for three years, 2019 to 2021, inclusive.

The sinking fund millage was approved by the voters within the school district with only 50.5 percent of the voters in the school district in favor.

In the City of Stephenson and the townships of Cedarville, Daggett, Holmes, Ingallston, Lake, Mellen, Menominee and Stephenson, 281 voters were in support and 275 were against.

The millage will create a sinking fund supporting the purchase of real estate for and the construction or repair of school buildings, for school security improvements, for the acquisition or upgrading of technology, and all other purposes authorized by law. The school district will collect about $250,780 annually.

In Meyer Township, voters were asked if they were in favor of renewing a previously-approved increase in the tax limitation on general ad valorem taxes in the township at a rate of 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) from 2019 through 2022, inclusive.

Ninety-one percent, or 80 votes, were cast in support of the proposal and 9 percent, or eight votes, were cast against the millage renewal.

The millage renewal will fund the operation of the Meyer Township Fire Department, and the township would raise about $33,378 in the renewed millage’s first year.

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