Mqt. County Board & Kennecott Mine

The Marquette County Board was busy tonight with two issues related to the Kennecott Eagle Mine — how much it’s worth and how the ore that comes out of it will be taxed.

The county board has been waiting for weeks for an assessment of the mine property after filing a Freedom of Information Act request.

Local officials only have until next Monday to appeal if they feel the assessment from the state geologist is inaccurate.

the board passed a motion to have county staff demand the waited–for document from the state geologist.

Marquette County Commissioner Debbie Pellow says the assessment will be for the entire value of the mine site, not just the ore body, which has already been assessed at about $190 million.

Local township and county officials will also go to Lansing on March 28th to meet Escanaba State Senator Tom Casperson and officials from Governor Rick Snyder’s administration about how the mine will be taxed.

The county board also officially voted to hire Sawyer International Airport operations manager Scott Erbisch as the county’s new administrator.

Posted by: Mike Hoey