Millage renewals pass; Iron Ore Heritage Trail millage loses by 20 votes

MARQUETTE — For the third time, voters in Ely Township rejected a millage proposal Tuesday to provide funding for the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, while ballot proposals for local school districts were approved by voters in the NICE Community, Negaunee and Republic-Michigamme school districts.

The Ely Township ballot proposal was defeated by a 20-vote margin with a total of 185 no votes to 165 yes votes, according to returns results provided by the Marquette County Clerk’s Office. The proposal sought .2 mills for six years, from 2013 through 2018. The millage would have generated $9,800 the first year of collection.

The NICE Community Schools had two proposals approved by voters. The first ballot proposal sought operating millage renewal, which was passed with 460 yes votes to 184 no votes. The second NICE measure was for renewal of building and sinking fund millage expiring this year. That issue was passed by a vote of 395 yes votes to 247 no votes.

In Negaunee, an operating millage renewal proposal passed by a vote of 166 yes votes to 35 no votes.

The Republic-Michigamme Schools sought to renew operating millage. The proposal was passed by a vote of 112 yes votes to 35 no votes.

The Marquette County Board of Canvassers will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Marquette to certify the election results.