County voters to decide millage proposals

MARQUETTE – In addition to a countywide proposal to renew millage for Marq-Tran, voters in seven of Marquette County’s 19 townships will decide millage proposals in the August primary election.

The list of proposals was provided by the Marquette County Clerk’s Office. The election will be Aug. 5.

The countywide Marq-Tran proposal seeks to renew .6 mills for six years.

In 1984, voters initially approved 0.3 mills for Marq-Tran. In 1994, voters approved renewal of the 0.3 mills and also agreed to a increase of 0.2 mills.

Marq-Tran Executive Director Delynn Klein said the 0.5 mills has been reduced in subsequent years in accordance with the Headlee Amendment. In 2004, voters approved an increase to 0.6 mills, which was last renewed in 2008.

The millage would be expected to generate $1.3 million during the first year of collection.

From road improvements to operations to sanitation, there will be millage proposals on the ballot in Ewing, Forsyth, Humboldt, Michigamme, Republic, Richmond and Tilden townships. Forsyth and Republic townships each have two measures for voters to consider, the remaining townships have one.

In Ewing Township, a proposal seeks 2 mills for four years for road improvement, repairs and maintenance. The millage would be expected to generate about $15,668 the first year.

Forsyth Township has one proposal for general operations, asking a levy continue to be assessed at 4.89 mills for five years. The millage would produce about $880,273 during the first year, based on this year’s levy.

Forsyth Township’s second millage request seeks continuance of a 1.8-mill levy for operation of community centers and related recreation purposes for 20 years. The millage would generate about $324,180 in its first year.

Humboldt Township is asking voters to approve 1.5 mills for five years for sanitation service. The tax levy would generate roughly $41,250 during the first year.

Michigamme Township is seeking 4 mills for six years, renewing a levy for the township’s general operation fund of garbage, park, building and road. The levy would produce an estimated $165,315 the first year of collection.

Republic Township’s first millage request is asking for a renewal levy for road improvement, repairs and maintenance of 1 mill for five years. The levy would generate an estimated $58,048 the first year.

Republic Township’s second ballot measure is also a millage renewal request, seeking 5 mills for four years for general operations. The estimated yield from the first year’s collection would be $290,240.

Richmond Township is also seeking a general operations millage renewal. That request seeks 2 mills for five years, generating an estimated $28,573 during the first year of collection.

Tilden Township is asking voters to approve 1 mill for five years for maintenance and improvement of county roads located within the township. The levy would generate $24,493 the first year.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. election day.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is