November 2021 Local Ballot Proposals

Antrim County

Village of Central Lake Proposal for Police Millage

This proposal will permit the Village to levy up to 3 mills for the purpose of providing funds to operate and equip the Village police department.

Shall the limitation on the amount of ad valorem taxes which may be levied by the Village of Central Lake, Antrim County, Michigan, against taxable property in the Village be increased by up to three (3) mills ($3.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of four (4) years, 2022 through 2025, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds to operate and equip the Village police department, and shall the Village levy such millage for these purposes?  If approved and levied in its entirety, this millage would raise an estimated $83,115.00 for the Village when first levied in 2022.

Benzie County

Benzonia Township Bond Proposition 

Shall the Township of Benzonia, County of Benzie, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($3,500,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited Tax Bonds therefor in one or more series for the purpose of constructing, furnishing and equipping a new Fire/Medical First Responder Station and Township Offices Project located at 2717 Benzie Highway; including, parking, landscaping, access roadways and other appurtenances?

The maximum number of years this series of bonds may be outstanding is not more than twenty (20) years.  The estimated millage in the first year of the levy to repay the bonds is 0.8605 mills and the simple average annual millage over the life of the bonds is 0.7296 mills.

Charlevoix County

Charlevoix County Separate Tax Limitation Proposal 

Shall separate tax limitations be established for a period of five (5) years 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026, inclusive, or until altered by the voters of the county, for the County of Charlevoix and the Townships and Intermediate School Districts within the county, the aggregate of which shall not exceed 5.9 mills as follows:

Mills

County of Charlevoix……………………………………………….       4.70

Townships……………………………………………………………….       1.00

Intermediate School District…………………………………….        .20

Total                     5.90

City of Charlevoix Publishing Council Proceedings

Shall Article II Section 2. 15g Council – Meetings – Minutes and Notices Thereof of the City Charter be amended to delete the entire paragraph and thereby remove the requirement to publish Council proceedings, showing the substance of each separate action of Council, in a newspaper of general circulation within ten days after each meeting of the Council?

City Of Charlevoix Council Oversight Of Operations
Shall Article II Section 2.18 Council – Overall Control of Municipal Operations – of the City Charter be amended to delete the requirement for the council to set guidelines for the management of the city while retaining its provisions directing the Council to provide for the management of the city by way of setting the compensation and number of staff in annual budget and other directives the Council may give to the City Manager and requiring the City Manager to promptly report to the Council, at the Council’s request, on management affairs?
City Of Charlevoix City Manager Appointment/Removal
Shall Article Ill Sections 3.3 City Manager– Appointment and 3.4 City Manager– Removal of the City Manager be combined and amended to provide for the appointment of a City Manager solely on the basis of professional merit and ability by majority vote of the entire Council, to provide that the Council may enter into a contract with the City Manager, and to provide that the Council may terminate the City Manager’s contract upon its expiration or with a vote of not less than 2/3 of the entire Council?
City Of Charlevoix Acting City Manager Term
Shall Article Ill Sections 3.5 City Manager – Filling Vacancy be amended, to increase the time an Acting City Manager may serve from six months to one year, to retain the ability of Council to appoint or remove an Acting City Manager by a majority vote of Council, and to eliminate references to Section 3.4 of the charter?
City Of Charlevoix Assessment Change Notice Delivery
Shall Article VIII Section 8.8 Assessment – Notice of Change to Owners of the City Charter be amended to provide that notice of changes in assessment shall be delivered to property owners in the form and manner prescribed by State law, and that the failure of property owners to receive notice shall not invalidate an assessment roll or an assessment on property?

Clare County

Hayes Township Millage Increase Proposal

Shall Hayes Township, Clare County, Michigan, impose an increase of up to .5 mills ($.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution and levy it for four (4) years, 2021 through 2024, inclusive, for ordinance enforcement within Hayes Township, raising an estimated $57,868.12 in 2021?

Emmet County

Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility Millage Proposal 

Shall the limitation on taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in Emmet County, Michigan, be increased by up to 0.25 mill ($0.25 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of ten (10) years, 2021 to 2030, inclusive, as new additional millage to provide funds to the County for acquiring, constructing, furnishing and equipping improvements, renovations, maintenance and repairs to the Bay Bluffs Emmet County Medical Care Facility, including site improvements, equipment and all appurtenances and attachments? If approved and levied in its entirety in 2021, this millage would raise an estimated $816,434 for the County.

City of Petoskey Proposed Amendment to City Charter

Shall Sections 3.12 and 4.2 of the Charter be amended to change the terms of the mayor from one year top two years and councilmembers from two to three years, beginning with the terms of office starting January 1, 2023, while continuing annual city elections in November of each year, except in 2027 and every 6th year thereafter?

City of Harbor Springs Millage Proposal 

Shall the City of Harbor Springs restore its property taxing capacity to fifteen (15) mills ($15.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) as permitted by the City Charter, for the next twenty (20) years (from January I, 2022 through December 31, 2041, inclusive), which is an increase of 9.1372 mills ($9.137 mills per $1,000 of taxable value) for general City operations, provided that the City shall not be authorized to increase the levy of the present maximum millage permitted under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution by more than one-half (.50) mill in 2022 or by more than an additional one-half mill of new millage each year thereafter, such additional millage to be levied only if determined necessary or advisable by the City Council after satisfaction of all requirements of the Michigan General Property Tax Act?
The estimate of the additional revenue the City will collect if the millage is authorized and levied by the City in the 2022 calendar year is approximately $144,959.

Gladwin County

Gladwin County Gypsy Moth Suppression 

For the purpose of authorizing funding for the Gladwin County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program to monitor, control, and reduce Gypsy Moth outbreaks in Gladwin County, shall the constitutional limitation upon the total amounts of taxes which may be assessed in one (1) year upon all property within the County of Gladwin, Michigan be increased by up to 0.75 of one (1) mill ($0.75 per $1,000.00 of state taxable valuation), for a period of three (3) years, from 2021 through 2023, inclusive (commencing with the December 2021 tax collection)?  If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated additional $786,034.09 in the first calendar year of the levy, based on state taxable valuation, to operate the Gladwin County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program.  If approved and levied, a portion of the millage monies raised in their respective jurisdictions may also be captured by the Downtown Development Authority of the Cities of Beaverton and Gladwin, Gladwin County Landbank Authority and Brownfield Authority of Gladwin County pursuant to State law.

Butman Township Road Millage Proposal 

Shall Butman Township impose an increase of up to .7525 mills ($.7525 per $1000.00 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes and levy it for 6 years (2021 through 2026 inclusive) for the purpose of funding road improvements, which .7525 mill increase will raise an estimated 115,283.00 in the first year that the millage is levied?

City of Gladwin Mosquito Abatement Renewal

Shall City of Gladwin impose a Twenty ($20.00) dollar a year assessment, upon each parcel, for a period of two (2) years, 2022-2023, to provide funding for a mosquito control/abatement program, thereby raising an estimated twenty-nine thousand seven hundred twenty dollars and zero cents ($29,720.00) for each year the Assessment is levied?

Grand Traverse County

Fife Lake Township Proposal for Fire Equipment Millage 

This proposal will permit the Township to levy up to 1 mill for the purpose of providing funds to purchase fire fighting equipment and other capital improvements for fire protection services.

Shall the constitutional limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Township of Fife Lake, County of Grand Traverse, State of Michigan be increased by up to one dollar ($1.00) per thousand dollars ($1,000) (1 mill) of the taxable value on all taxable property in the township for five (5) years, 2021 through 2025 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds to purchase fire fighting equipment and other capital improvements for fire protection services, and shall the Township levy such millage for these purposes? If approved and levied in its entirety, it is estimated that the 1 mill would raise an estimated $63,472 for the township when first levied in 2021.

City of Traverse City Proposal 1

Shall the provision within the Charter of the City of Traverse City, Section 40, which currently provides that the City Commission may delegate a per-transaction spending authority to the City Manager of $9,000, and require sealed bids for such transactions be increased to a maximum amount which equals one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the budgeted expenses in the General Fund for the given fiscal year, with the City Commission establishing such maximum amount annually by resolution?

Kalkaska County

Blue Lake Township Proposal 

This proposal will permit the Township to levy up to 1.5 mills for the purpose of providing funds for the construction and maintenance of roads in the township.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Township of Blue Lake, County of Kalkaska, State of Michigan be increased by up to one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per thousand dollars ($1,000) (1.5 mills) of the taxable value on all taxable property in the township for five (5) years, 2021 through 2025, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for the construction and maintenance of roads in the township, and shall the Township levy such millage for these purposes? If approved and levied in its entirety, it is estimated that the 1.5 mills would raise an estimated $169,240 for the township when first levied in 2021.

Clearwater Township Proposal to Renew Fire Millage 

This proposal reestablishes the 1 mil fire department millage previously approved by the electors that expires December 31st, 2021.  Specifically, this proposal renews the previously authorized 1 mil Fire Department operations levy.

Shall the limitation on the amount of ad valorem taxes which may be levied by the Township of Clearwater, Kalkaska County, Michigan, against taxable property in the Township, be renewed at 1 mil ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of 4 years; 2022 through 2025, inclusive; for the purpose of providing funds for the operation and maintenance of the Township fire Department and firefighting equipment. Shall the Township levy such millage for these purposes? Approved and levied, this millage would raise an estimated $139,416 for Township Fire Department 2022 operations.

Springfield Township Proposal for Fire Equipment Millage 

This proposal will permit the Township to levy up to 1 mill for the purpose of providing funds to purchase fire fighting equipment and other capital improvements for fire protection services.

Shall the constitutional limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Township of Springfield, County of Kalkaska, State of Michigan be increased by up to one dollar ($1.00) per thousand dollars ($1,000)(1 mill) of the taxable value on all taxable property in the township for five (5) years, 2021 through 2025 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds to purchase fire fighting equipment and other capital improvements for fire protection services, and shall the Township levy such millage for these purposes?  If approved and levied in its entirety, it is estimated that the 1 mill would raise an estimated $48,760 for the township when first levied in 2021.

Leelanau County

Leland Township Extra Voted Millage 

This proposal will permit Leland Township to levy a new additional millage to replace the millage approved by the electors in August 2020 for Township operating expenses, which expired after the December 2020 levy, for a period of three (3) years.

Shall the tax limitation on general ad valorem taxes within Leland Township imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution be increased and shall Leland Township be authorized to levy up to 0.3920 mills ($ 0.392 per $1,000 of taxable value) as a new additional millage for three (3) years, 2021 through 2023 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for park maintenance, operating expenses and capital improvements, raising an estimated $199,941.00 in the first calendar year the millage is levied if approved and levied in full, of which a portion will be disbursed to the Leelanau County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority as required by law?

Luce County

Luce County Proposition A 

Shall the County of Luce levy a property tax of one (1) mill ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of five (5) years beginning with the tax year 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026 inclusive; .5 Mill to Luce County Parks and Recreation and .5 Mill to Luce County MSU Extension for operations? If approved and levied, this millage would raise an estimated $97,217.00 each for Luce County Parks and Recreation and Luce County MSU Extension in 2022.

Luce County Proposition B Sheriff’s Department Millage Renewal
“Shall Luce County levy 1 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) to fund two sheriff’s deputies and their necessary equipment such that Luce County will continue to have full time patrols, estimated to provide $194,707 in the first year of the levy, for a period of three years beginning tax year 2022, 2023, 2024 inclusive?”

Luce County Proposition C

”Shall the County of Luce levy a property tax of .5 Mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of three (3) years beginning with the tax year, 2022, 2023, 2024, inclusive, to be used for the care and placement of neglected, abused and delinquent children in Luce County (Child Care Fund); the estimate of revenue the Luce County Child Care Fund will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2022 is approximately $95,893.?”

Luce County Proposition D
Shall the County of Luce renew a levy of property tax of .5 mills ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of five (5) years beginning with the tax year 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026 inclusive; to be used for the operation and maintenance of the Luce County Airport?  If approved and levied this millage would raise an estimated $97,217.00 for the Luce County Airport in 2022.

Manistee County

Manistee County 20 Year Millage Levy to Fund Renovation/Expansion of Manistee County Medical Care Facility 

Shall the County of Manistee issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds in an amount not to exceed Twenty Four Million Dollars ($24,000,000) in one or more series for the purpose of paying the cost of upgrading the Manistee County Medical Care Facility through the renovation and expansion of its existing facility?  The project includes: a new two-story, 32,000-square-foot addition to the Medical Care Facility and renovation of the existing facility to provide an estimated 74 private and 13 semi-private resident rooms, upgraded mechanical and electrical systems, a new elevator, furnishings and equipment, site improvements, and professional services.

The bonds will be outstanding a maximum of 20 years (anticipated 2022 through and including 2041), exclusive of refunding.  It is estimated that it will be necessary to levy .3379 mill ($.3379 per $1,000 of taxable value) to pay debt service on the bonds in the first year of the levy (anticipated in 2021), and to levy an estimated average of 1.0797 mills ($1.0797 per $1,000 of taxable value) for debt service in the following years, until the bonds are retired.  The levy of .3379 mill in the first year is estimated to generate $420,000 for payment of principal and interest on the bonds.

The tax revenue received by the County as a result of the unlimited tax pledge will be disbursed to the County of Manistee to repay the proposed bonds.

Mason County

Amber Township Millage Proposal for Road Maintenance and Improvements

Shall the Township of Amber impose an increase of up to 1.5 mill ($1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under ARTICLE IX, SEC 6 of the Michigan Constitution and levy it for five (5) years, 2022 through 2026 inclusive, for the purpose of road maintenance and improvements, which 1.5 mill increase will raise an estimated $181,277 in the first year the millage is levied?

Oceana County

Weare Township Initiation of Ordinance

Shall Weare Township adopt an ordinance pursuant to section 6 of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, to wit; an ordinance to be known as the “Adult-Use Marihuana Establishments Ordinance” to provide for the number of adult use marijuana facilities to be operated in the Township, and repeals the previously enacted “Prohibition of Recreational Marijuana Establishments Ordinance” and the 2020-01 Amendment to the “Prohibition of Recreational Marijuana Establishments Ordinance”?

Weare Township Millage Renewal Proposition for Road Improvement Purposes

Shall the previous voted increase in the Township of Weare tax rate limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes, previously 1.9802 mill ($1.9802 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) in 2021, be renewed and levied in the years 2022-2024, both inclusive, and shall an additional 0.0198 mill ($0.0198 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) be approved and levied to restore the previous millage reductions under the “Headlee Amendment” since this millage was last approved, resulting in the levy of 2.0 mill ($2.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value), subject to reduction as provided by Michigan law, on taxable property in the Township of Weare?

The purpose of this levy is to improve and maintain the public roads and rights-of-way within the Township of Weare. It is estimated that a levy of 2.0 mill would provide revenue of $104,284 in the first calendar year, of which $1,032 would result from the additional 0.0198 mill. The revenue from this millage levy will be disbursed to the Township of Weare to improve and maintain the public roads and rights-of-way within the Township of Weare.

Otsego County

Otsego County Jail/Sheriff’s Office Facility 

This millage proposal will allow Otsego County to levy 1.15 mills to provide funds for the construction, operation, furnishing and equipping of a new Otsego County Jail/Sheriff’s Office Facility.

For the purpose of providing funds to construct, operate, furnish and equip the Otsego County Jail/Sheriff’s Office Facility, shall the constitutional tax rate limitation on general ad valorem taxes upon all property within the County of Otsego, Michigan, be increased by up to 1.15 Mills ($1.15 per $1,000 of taxable value), for a period of twenty (20) years, 2021 through 2040, both inclusive?

If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $1,570,764 in the first calendar year of the levy based on taxable value. By law, the City of Gaylord Downtown Development Authority (DDA) may capture and retain only that portion of the millage which is collected from the properties located within the defined DDA District boundaries.

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