Alger County voters to consider millage questions

MUNISING – In addition to a countywide millage request, several ballot proposals for millage will be put before voters in Alger County and five of its eight townships in the Aug. 5 primary.

A slate of the proposals was provided by Alger County Clerk Mary Ann Froberg.

Alger’s countywide millage proposal seeks .5 mills for five years for 9-1-1 emergency telephone dispatch. If approved, the levy would be expected to generate $180,349 during the first year of collection.

In the townships, there are ballot millage requests in AuTrain, Burt, Grand Island, Munising and Rock River townships.

AuTrain Township has two millage requests. The first proposal would fund general operations and seeks 1 mill for 10 years. That levy would generate an estimated $65,211 during the first year it is levied.

The second AuTrain Township millage is for 3 mills for five years for fire protection. That levy, which would generate an estimated $195,632 annually, would renew a special tax levy of 3 mills, which will expire with the 2014 tax collection.

In Burt Township, there are also two millage requests. The first would renew 3 mills for five years for general operations, construction, improvement and maintenance of the cemetery, airport, streets, roads, sidewalks, street lighting, recreation and grass-cutting.

The levy would generate an estimated $143,500 the first year of collection.

Burt Township’s second millage request is a renewal of .25 mills for five years for restoration and development of the Grand Marais Harbor. About $12,000 would be generated with the levy during the first year of collection.

Grand Island Township also has two millage proposals for voters to decide. The first proposal is for general township operating purposes, seeking 1.5 mills for four years. The levy would be expected to collect about $6,500 the first year.

The second Grand Island Township proposal seeks a 2-mill renewal for four years for fire protection services. The levy would generate about $8,700 during the first year of collection. The millage would recover losses due to Headlee Tax Amendment rollbacks.

Munising Township wants to renew 2 mills for five years for upgrading and maintenance of roads located within the township. The levy would generate an estimated $120,000 the first year.

Rock River Township is seeking 1 mill for six years for operations. The millage would also recover losses due to Headlee rollbacks.

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

Justin Marietti can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 245 and John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.