HOUGHTON CO. PROPOSALS – NOV. 6, 2012

Houghton County November 6, 2012 Election Proposals

—————ADAMS TOWNSHIP

Adams Township- Cemetery Millage
Shall Adams Township impose an increase of up to .3 mill ($.30 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution and levy it for 8 years, 2012 through 2019 inclusive, for the maintenance and lawn care of the Atlantic Mine and South Range cemeteries, which .3 mill increase will raise an estimated $11,700.00 in the first year the millage is levied?  yes   513   no 494

—————ADAMS TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT  (also for Bohemia Twp. Ontonagon County)
2 proposals
I.    OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

This proposal will allow the school district to levy its authorized operating millage on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2013 tax levy.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 17.2026 mills ($17.2026 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Adams Township School District, Houghton and Ontonagon Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 10 years, 2014 to 2023, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $297,426 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?   YES 583   NO  392

II.    OPERATING MILLAGE PROPOSAL

This proposal will enable the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Adams Township School District, Houghton and Ontonagon Counties, Michigan, be increased by 2 mills ($2.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 11 years, 2013 to 2023, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2013 is approximately $33,900 (this millage is to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will be levied only to the extent necessary to restore that reduction)?              YES  460   NO    504

————LAURIUM VILLAGE MILLAGE PROPOSAL   (Precinct 9 Calumet Twp.)

Fire Millage Proposal

“Shall the ad valorem rate of taxation in the Village of Laurium be RENEWED one (1) mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of Taxable Valuation) during each of the years 2013-2022, inclusive, to be used EXCLUSIVELY for the payment of the purchase of fire apparatus/”  The tax revenue to be collected in the year 2013 is estimated to be $22,832.     YES   566 NO  274

————–CHASSELL TOWNSHIP   (2 proposals)
Proposal 1

ROAD IMPROVEMENT MILLAGE
RENEWAL OF TAX RATE FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT
Shall the limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the Township of Chassell be increased to two (2) mills ($2 per $1,000 of taxable value), which will result in tax revenue collections estimated to be $109,136.62 in the first year for a period of four (4) years, being 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016: said revenues to be used exclusively for road improvement within Chassell Township.  This being a RENEWAL OF TWO (2) MILLS, as adjusted as required by law, which expires with the 2012 tax levy.

YES   531    NO   432

Proposal 2
FIRE PROTECTION MILLAGE
Shall Chassell Township impose a millage increase of 1 mill ($1.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, §6 of the Michigan Constitution and levy it for four (4) years, 2013 through 2016 inclusive, for the purpose of providing additional revenue for fire protection and prevention, including construction, maintenance, repairs, equipment and supplies purchases, and other costs associated with operation of the Fire Department and First Responders, which increase will raise an estimated $54,568.31 in the first year the millage is levied, of which a portion shall be dispersed to the Chassell Volunteer Fire Department and Chassell First Responders as the Township Board determines appropriate.

YES  640   NO  330

————CHASSELL TOWNSHIP SCHOOL

OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2013 tax levy.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18.6246 mills ($18.6246 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Chassell Township Schools, Houghton County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 10 years, 2014 to 2023, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $307,576 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?

YES   589    NO   383

————ELM RIVER TOWNSHIP

INCREASE OF GENERAL SERVICES MILLAGE
Shall the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution of general ad valorem taxes within Elm River Township be increased .5 mill ($.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) on taxable real and personal property within Elm River Township for the period of 4 (four) years (2012 through 2015, inclusive), for the purpose of maintaining the General Services, and shall the Township levy such an increase in millage for this purpose, thereby raising an estimated $10,305 in the first year?

YES     54        NO     88

————ELM RIVER TOWNSHIP SCHOOL

OPERATING MILLAGE PROPOSAL- NON-HOMESTEAD AND NON-QUALIFIED
AGRICULTURAL  PROPERTY TAX

This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills against non-homestead and non-qualified agricultural property required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation guarantee.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, exempting therefrom homestead and qualified agricultural property  as defined by law, in Elm River Township Schools, Houghton County, Michigan, be increased by 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000.00 of taxable valuation) for a period of 3 years,  2013 to 2015, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes (18.00 mills is a renewal of millage which expired with the 2012 tax levy); the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2013 is approximately $240,004.00.

YES     83            NO   53

————FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP  5 proposals, Precinct 1& 4 have the Bond proposals and 3 others, Precinct 2 has the Bond proposal and 4 others

PRECINCT   1, Franklin

Franklin Township Fire Hall Bond Proposal – The Township published a notice of intent to issue capital improvement bonds to finance the costs of the acquisition, construction, furnishing and equipping a new fire hall facility and received petitions requesting a referendum on the question of the issuance of the bonds.

Shall the Township of Franklin, County of Houghton, Michigan, borrow the principal sum of not to exceed Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars ($700,000) payable in not to exceed forty (40) years from the date of issue, and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds for the purpose of paying the cost of acquiring, constructing, furnishing and equipping a new fire hall facility, together with interests in land, appurtenances and attachments thereto?  The primary source of revenue intended to retire the bonds is special assessment revenues derived from a fire special assessment district in the Township consisting primarily of fire precincts 1 and 4.

YES 342    NO  281

——————HANCOCK CITY

Millage 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 Hancock, Houghton County, Michigan be increased up to 15.00 mills from approximately 13.4215 mills ($15.00 from approximately $13.4125 per $1,000 of taxable value) to be used for general operating expenses?

The intent of this request is to restore the total City operating millage, in 2013 and thereafter, to a maximum of 15.00 mills as authorized by the City Charter. If approved and levied in its entirety this millage would raise an estimated $134,780.77 for the City of Hancock General Fund in its first year.

YES     562                 NO   824

—————-OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP

Osceola Township Millage Proposal

Shall Osceola Township impose an increase of up to 1.5 mills ($1.5 per $1,000 taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution and levy it for five (5) years, 2012 through 2016, inclusive, for road and sidewalk purposes which 1.5 mills increase will raise an estimated $59,465.00 in 2012, the first year the millage is levied?
YES     303        NO   532

——SCHOOLCRAFT TOWNSHIP   (A Ballot)

ROAD MILLAGE PROPOSAL

Shall the limitation of the total amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the unincorporated areas in the Township of Schoolcraft be increased by 1 1/2 mills ($1.50 per thousand of taxable value), for a period of ten years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) and the taxes so raised be used for road repair and road improvement in the unincorporated areas of the Township of Schoolcraft, raising in the first year an estimated $33,000.00?

YES     201          NO    199

————–LAKE LINDEN – HUBBELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS  (Schoolcraft Twp., Torch Lake Twp. Precinct 1 A Ballot and Precinct 2, and Sherman Twp. Keweenaw County)

OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.  The remaining .1739 mill is only available to be levied to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the “Headlee” amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will only be levied to the extent necessary to restore that reduction.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18.1739 mills ($18.1739 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 5 years, 2014 to 2018, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $935,000 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?

YES          970               NO    565

———————STANTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS

OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2013 tax levy.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18.2062 mills ($18.2062 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Stanton Township Public Schools, Houghton County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 10 years, 2014 to 2023, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $312,202 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?

YES              403           NO     301