School millages approved with ease

MARQUETTE – Voters in the Marquette Area Public Schools district approved a request for a 10-year sinking fund millage in Tuesday’s primary election.

“We’re extremely happy and grateful to our staff, parents and especially the community for their support in passing the sinking fund,” MAPS Superintendent Bill Saunders said shortly after the results came in Tuesday night.

The request asked voters to decide on a sinking fund tax levy of .95 mill – or 95 cents on each $1,000 of taxable valuation – for 10 years, from 2014 through 2023.

The estimated revenue in the first year of tax collection will be roughly $1.1 million.

Over the life of MAPS’ sinking fund request, the district would receive about $11 million to be put toward building maintenance and upgrades.

The request was approved with 2,687 votes cast in favor and 1,535 votes against it.

“I think the public, first of all, of Marquette and our school district citizens care immensely about our schools, are highly involved in our schools and I think as a community, people understood that there certainly was a need and obviously they helped us address that need,” Saunders said.

In Powell Township, voters approved an operating millage renewal request with 253 votes for and 54 votes against.

The operating millage provides a large portion of the district’s overall operating revenue.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.