Several proposals await voters at the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Two proposals facing Shiawassee County voters include the proposition for Shiawassee County millage to fund Michigan State University Extension and 4-H, and the Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility (Pleasant View) millage renewal proposal.

The MSU Extension and 4-H proposal is to fund these services in the county to include a full time 4-H youth development coordinator and program, agriculture and agribusiness, health and nutrition and other community education programs. If passed, it will levy up to 0.0760 of one mill ($0.076 per $1,000 of taxable value) for the period of six years, from 2017 to 2022 inclusive. The Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility (Pleasant View) millage renewal proposal is for the purpose of renewing funding to assist in the operation of the Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility, which is also known as Pleasant View, at the same millage level previously approved by the voters in 2012. This levy, up to 2.000 mills ($2 per $1,000 of taxable value) will be for a period of four years from 2016 through 2019. Both of these proposals may have a small portion of the millage disbursed to the Downtown Development Authorities in the cities of Corunna, Durand, Laingsburg, and Owosso, the village of Lennon, Morrice, New Lothrop, and Vernon, Perry Township, and the Brownfield Authorities of Owosso Township and the city of Owosso.

The Community District Library has a millage renewal proposition of 0.7000 mills for library purposes on the ballot. The library is asking to renew and continue to levy up to seven-tenths (0.7000) of one mill ($0.7000 per $1,000 taxable value) for a period of four years beginning in 2016 and continuing through 2019. This millage renewal includes Burns Township, Caledonia Charter Township, the city of Corunna, Hazelton Township, Perry Township, Shiawassee Township, Venice Township and the city of Perry. This millage renewal will also have a portion captured by and disbursed to the Downtown Development Authorities of the city of Corunna, the village of Morrice, and the I-69 International Trade Corridor Local Development Finance Authority.

Proposals specific to particular townships include two for Antrim Township. Antrim Township’s first millage proposal is for existing ambulance service funding. Antrim shall be authorized to levy a special assessment on each household in the amount of $45 per year to provide ambulance service for the entire township and to levy a special assessment each year, for four years, for the period of 2016 through 2019, with the first assessment collected during the Winter Tax Roll 2016. The proposed tax levy is a renewal of previously authorized millage and will collect $38,880 in the first calendar year. The second millage proposal is for the existing fire department protection funding. It states that the previously voted increase in the ad valorem taxes within the township be renewed at 1.25 mills ($1.25 per $1,000 of taxable value) each year for four years from 2016 to 2019. These funds will be inclusive for the contracting of fire department protection within Antrim Township and is also a proposed tax levy that is a renewal of previously authorized millage.

Burns Township has three proposals for fire protection and equipment, as well as a special assessment renewal for existing ambulance service funding. The first is for fire protection services and will levy 1 mill (1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation of such property) on all property in the township for a period of three years from 2016 through 2018. This is also a renewal of 1 mill for the same purpose which expires with the 2016 tax levy. If approved, this will collect $90,000 in the first calendar year. The second proposal is for fire equipment and apparatus funding to purchase required and necessary fire equipment and apparatus by the levy of one-half of a mill ($.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation of such property) on all property in the township for a period of three years from 2016 through 2018. The township estimates it will collect $45,000 in the first calendar year if this proposal is approved. The final proposal is a special assessment renewal for existing ambulance service funding and will authorize the township to levy a special assessment on each household and business of $45 per year. For the exclusive purpose of using money received to provide ambulance service for the entire township and to levy such special assessment each year for three years from 2016 through 2018.

Caledonia Township has one proposal for a public transportation millage. This proposal requests the authorization for the levy of a renewal millage to support the provision of public transportation services. This millage would be disbursed to the Shiawassee Area Transportation Agency and used to defray the expenses of existing transportation services. It will be a renewal millage to be levied at .19 mills ($.19 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of two years.

A 2016 road millage will be on the ballot as a proposal for Middlebury Township and will request the authorization to levy two mills ($2 per $1,000) on property for four years beginning with the 2016 tax levy through 2019. This is also a renewal of a previously authorized millage.

Financial help for road repairs is on the ballot in New Haven Township to levy a total of two mills ($2 per $1,000) on property for five years beginning with the 2016 tax levy year and running through 2020 to raise an estimated $91,500 to be used for the specific purpose of road repairs and maintenance. This is also a renewal of a previously authorized millage.

The city of Perry is asking for a special millage proposal (continuation of public transportation millage) to authorize a levy for the continuation of a millage supporting the provision of public transportation services in the city of Perry. This millage will defray the expenses of existing transportation services provided by the Shiawassee Area Transportation Agency and used to defray the expenses of transportation in the future. The amount levied not to exceed .25 mills ($.25 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) annually for a period of four years.

The Morrice Area Schools will also be on the ballot with an operating millage renewal proposal. The proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy, and not exceed, 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2016 tax levy. This renewal will levy 16.5032 mills ($16.5032 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years from 2017 to 2026.

Proposals Facing Voters on Aug. 2 was last modified: August 1st, 2016 by Karen Elford