ISHPEMING - Voters in Ely Township will decide two millage renewal requests in the Aug. 7 election.
Included is a renewal of 2 mills for five years, 2013 through 2017, for general operating purposes. The millage is estimated to raise $98,246 in its first year.
Also on the ballot will be a 2-mill renewal for the same period for garbage collection and disposal. The millage would also raise an estimated $98,246 in its first year.
"If they do not pass, there's going to be some drastic cutbacks," said Township Supervisor Ted Pepin.
The general operating millage has been an ongoing assessment in the township and provides funding for services such as fire protection, street lights, township parks and emergency first responders.
The garbage millage is up for its first renewal. If voters turn it down, Pepin said the township would likely have to institute a monthly fee of about $15 or annual fee of about $180 for handling residential garbage.
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