Many Shiawassee County voters will be asked to approve local ballot proposals on the November 6 midterm election ballot, in addition to the three statewide ballot proposals. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
• City of Owosso – Proposition to authorize the levying of 1.0 mills to provide funding to maintain, improve and upgrade parks and preserve historical sites within the city of Owosso: Shall the city of Owosso levy a new additional millage of one mill ($1 per $1,000) on the taxable value of property located in the city of Owosso, in accordance with Section 9.1 of the Owosso City Charter? The millage shall be levied for two years, beginning with the 2019 tax levy year and running through the 2020 tax year (inclusive). If approved, the millage will raise, in the first year of such levy, an estimated revenue of $255,000 per year to provide funding to the city of Owosso Parks and Recreation Commission and the city of Owosso Historical Commission. Revenue will be used to maintain, improve and upgrade parks and preserve historical sites within the city of Owosso.
• City of Perry Shiawassee County State of Michigan Partial Headlee Override Ballot Proposal: Shall a “Headlee Override” be adopted so that the current limitation on the amount of city taxes that may be levied against all taxable property in the city of Perry, Shiawassee County, Michigan be increased as follows:
Up to 2 mills from approximately 13.5762 mills ($2 per $1,000 of taxable value) for city general operating expenses for eight years inclusive? If approved and levied in the entirety, this millage would raise an estimated maximum amount of $85,411 for the city in 2018 by allowing the city to levy a portion of the maximum mills previously approved by the voters and authorized by the Perry City Charter and state law, which have been reduced as required by the Michigan constitution of 1963.
• Owosso Charter Township Fire Department Operation: Shall the millage for the Owosso Charter Township Fire Department as previously established at 1 mill on an ad valorem basis be renewed for a period of 10 years? Such millage shall be for the operation of the fire department. Such millage of 1 mill ad valorem represents $1 per $1,000 of taxable value of all property. The millage would be effective 2019 through 2028. The township estimates it will collect $126,713.56 in the first year if this proposal is approved.
• Owosso Charter Township Firefighting Equipment: Shall the millage for the Owosso Charter Township firefighting equipment as previously established at .50 of a mill on an ad valorem basis be renewed for a period of ten (10) years? Such millage shall be for firefighting equipment. Such millage of .50 of a mill ad valorem represents $.50 per $1,000 of taxable value of all property. The millage would be effective 2019 through 2028. The township estimates it will collect $63,356.78 in the first year if this proposal is approved.
• Owosso Charter Township SATA Funding (Shiawassee Area Transportation Agency): Shall Owosso Charter Township levy up to .3333 of a mill (.3333 cents per $1,000 taxable value) each year on an ad valorem basis, for a term of four (4) years (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)? Such millage to be used for the purpose of providing public transportation within Owosso Charter Township, at a reduced cost. It is estimated that the township will receive up to $42,233.63, in the first year if this millage is approved.
• Shiawassee Township Public Transportation Millage: This proposal requests the authorization for the levy of a millage for the purpose of supporting the provision of public transportation services in the Township of Shiawassee. This millage would be disbursed to the Shiawassee Area Transportation Agency and used to defray the expenses for transportation services. If authorized by the voters, it is estimated that the levy of the entire millage would generate $ 9,502.26 the first year. Shall a millage for public transportation services be levied in an amount of .1168 mills ($.11 per $1,000.00 of taxable valuation) for a period of two years?
• County of Shiawassee County Veterans Services Program Proposal: For the sole purpose of funding a County Veterans Affairs Service program to provide services to Shiawassee County veterans of active, United States military service and their dependents, shall the constitutional limitation on general ad valorem taxes which may be assessed in any one year upon all property within the county of Shiawassee, Michigan, may be increased by up to a maximum of an additional 0.20 mills ($0.20 per $1,000 of taxable value) for the period of five (5) years, from 2018 through 2023 inclusive. If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $334,806 for the County Veterans Affairs program in the first calendar year of the levy. As required by law, a portion of the millage may also be disbursed to the Downtown Development Authorities of the cities of Corunna, Durand, Laingsburg and Owosso, the villages of Lennon, Morrice, New Lothrop and Vernon, and the Brownfield Authorities of Owosso Township and the city of Owosso.