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Several township millages pass; Iron Ore trail millage defeated

November 7, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer (awhitefoot@miningjournal.net) , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

MARQUETTE - Several millage proposals and funding requests were approved and two were voted down in various townships across Marquette County in Tuesday's election.

In Humboldt Township, a 1-mill renewal for road maintenance and improvements was approved in a 177 to 77 vote. The five-year levy, which will collected from 2012 to 2017, will generate an estimated $25,800 in the first year.

The township also approved a 1-mill renewal proposal for sanitation in a 190 to 64 vote, as well as a 1-mill renewal proposal for fire and EMS services in a 195 to 57 vote. The one-year levies also each will generate an estimated $25,800 in the first year.

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In Ely Township, a .2-mill levy that would have allowed the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, shown here in Negaunee, to be constructed and maintained, was voted down for the second time since 2008. (Journal file photo)

In Ewing Township, a millage request for 3 mills to continue current operations was approved in a 57 to 27 vote. The 20-year levy would raise an estimated $22,845 in the first year.

In Tilden Township, a .35-mill proposal for fire protection services was approved in a 331 to 161 vote. The levy will be collected from 2012 through 2016 inclusive. It will raise an estimated $8,001.57 in the first year.

The township also approved an increase of .65 mills to provide garbage hauling and disposal services in a 299 to 192 vote. The levy is estimated to generate $14,860.05 in the first year and will be collected from 2012 through 2016.

In Skandia Township, a 2.5-mill levy for financing the costs of emergency services in the township was approved in a 247 to 139 vote. The proposal is a renewal that is levied for five years, which will collect from 2013 through 2017. The levy is estimated to generate $54,390 in the first year.

In Ely Township, a .2-mill levy that would have allowed the Iron Ore Heritage Trail Authority to construct and maintain the portion of the 48-mile trail in Ely Township was voted down in a 438 to 462 vote. The six-year levy would have collected from 2013 to 2018 and was estimated to generate $9,800 in the first year.

Voters in Ely Township voted the millage down in 2008 due to private public land issues and the township dropped out of the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority in 2010.

Seven municipalities, Chocolay, Marquette, Negaunee and Tilden townships, as well as the cities of Marquette, Negaunee and Ishpeming, passed the millage in 2010. Republic Township passed the millage a year later.

In Forsyth Township, a proposal asking voters top approve a water supply system revenue bond not to exceed $5.5 million to pay for the cost to acquire, construct, furnish and improve equipment for the township's water supply system was voted down in a 1,150 to 1,472 vote. The bond would have been paid back in no more than 40 years solely by the revenues of the water supply system.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.

 
 

 

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