Voters to decide fate of senior services, 911 millages

By Pat Maurer

Clare County residents going to the polls next week will vote on the renewal of two important millage proposals on Tuesday’s Primary Ballot; renewals of both the 911 millage and the millage for senior services.

Two townships, Greenwood and Hamilton will also vote on road millage proposals and two northwestern townships, Winterfield and Redding, will vote on out-of-county school millage’s.

The Senior Citizens Services millage renewal is asking county voters to approve .48 mills for an additional five years from 2014 through 2018. The millage was previously approved by voters in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

The Senior Services millage will raise approximately $493,472 for the county-wide services in the first year.

The E911 millage renewal proposal asks voters to authorize .350 mills for an additional five years, raising $359,823 in the first year of the county-wide levy for operational funds for the emergency dispatch system, first approved in 2004 and renewed in 2008. The funds raised are used for equipment and operations of the dispatch system, which provides the service to five fire department and four police departments for emergency (accident, rescue and fire) response, emergency weather notification.

Greenwood Township voters will also decide if two mills for road construction and improvements will be renewed for an additional ten years, raising $86,050.17 the first year if approved.

Hamilton Township voters are also being asked to approve two mills for road improvements and maintenance for the next ten years. That proposal, if approved will raise approximately $120,000 the first year of the levy.

In Winterfield Township, voters will decide on the one-year renewal of 18 mills for 2013 on all property except principal residences and qualified agricultural property. The renewal is necessary for the McBain Rural Agricultural School District to continue to receive its revenue per pupil state foundation guarantee. The proposal will raise $1,085,864.00 for operations.

A renewal of the 18 mill non-homestead property tax for Marion Public Schools is on the Redding Township ballot Tuesday. That renewal, which expires this year, will be for five years beginning in 2014 and will provide operating millage of approximately $1,455,371.00 in the first year of the levy.

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