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Ishpeming tax levy to stay the same

September 6, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - The Ishpeming City Council has set the city's millage rate for the December 2012 tax bill at the same rate as last year.

The council voted to keep the levy at 18.8203 mills, which, due to an increase in property values, will generate a small increase in revenue over last year.

In other action, the council voted to cancel the special street assessment that the city finalized earlier this summer. The special assessment would have allowed the city to split the cost of street repairs with property owners bordering those streets.

Through working with the engineering firm GEI Consultants, however, the city has determined the scope of the work and the cost would have exceeded the revenue generated by the special assessment.

"I really think it's been a great effort by the council to get this special assessment in place. It's taken all summer," City Manager Jered Ottenwess said. "At this stage, I don't feel we can get it right with our current planning."

In addition, the council approved an amendment to the city of Negaunee's sewer main project, which will run through the city to the Ishpeming Area Joint Wastewater Treatment Authority, to allow for full-width construction of the streets. The original easement only allowed for partial-width, requiring one lane of the street to remain open at all times.

Allowing full width construction will allow the project to be completed more quickly.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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