Primary Election: List of county, school, and municipal ballot issues.

July 24, 2018

Primary Election: List of county, school, and municipal ballot issues.

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LUDINGTON — Michigan voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 7 during the state’s Primary Election. Both the Democrat and Republican parties hold their primaries on this day. Voters choosing a partisan candidate must only vote for one party. However, the election will include some local ballot issues as well.

The following is a list of the candidates and local issues that will appear on the ballots in Mason County (this list does not include state candidates).

County Proposals

Oakview Medical Care Facility Millage Renewal

This proposal is for the reauthorization of a millage, which expired with the 2017 tax levy.

Shall the limitation of the amount of property taxes which may be assessed each year against all taxable real and personal property in Mason County be increased by not more than 0.9715 of a mill (0.9715 cents per $1000 of taxable value) for a period of ten (10) years, December 1, 2018, to November 30, 2028, inclusive,to provide funds for the operation, maintenance and capital costs of the Oakview Medical Care Facility and shall Mason County levy the millage for this purpose thereby raising an estimated $1,826,882 in the first year of the levy?

Senior Citizen Millage Proposal Renewal

Shall the limitation on taxes which may be assessed against all property in the County of Mason, State of Michigan, be increased by and the Mason County Board of Commissioners be authorized to levy an amount not to exceed .2979 of a mill ($0.2979 on each $1,000.00 of taxable valuation) for the period of 6 years, 2018 to 2023, inclusively, for the purpose of providing funds for the operation, maintenance or renovation/expansion of Senior Centers and Senior Citizen programs in Mason County? This levy will generate approximately $560,194.00 in the 2018 calendar year.

Jail Millage Renewal County of Mason

This proposal will allow the county to levy millage to pay for operating expenses related to the 1997 Jail Expansion. Shall the limitation upon the total amount of general ad valorem taxes which may be assessed against real and tangible personal property in the County of Mason, Michigan be increased by up to 0.58 mills ($0.58 per  $1,000) on the taxable valuation of such property, as finally equalized, for a period of ten (10) years 2018  through 2027, inclusive, for the purpose of paying the additional operating expenses related to the 1997 Jail Expansion, which increase will raise an estimated $1,090,676 in 2018?

Additional Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Services

For 8 years, between 2018 and 2025, shall the total taxable property rate limitation in Mason County be raised by .30 mill (30 cents for each $1,000 of valuation) exclusively to be used to finance equipment, vehicles, operating, and personnel costs of four road patrol officers for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office?

This is a new, additional millage authorization and if levied in its entirety, would raise an estimated $564,143  in the first calendar year after its approval.

City of Ludington Charter Amendment Proposal

Proposed Amendment to the First Sentence of Chapter 10, Section 10.1(a) of the Charter of the City of Ludington to Change the One-Year Term for the City Manager’s Employment to a Term Not to Exceed Three Years, Subject to Renewal by City Council.

A City Charter Amendment Proposed by the City Council to amend the first sentence of Chapter 10, Section 10.1(a) of the Charter by changing the one-year term for the City Manager’s employment to a term not to exceed three years, subject to renewal by Council.

Shall the Proposed Amendment to the First Sentence of Chapter 10, Section 10.1(a) of the City Charter be Adopted?

Pere Marquette Charter Township Public Transportation Service Millage Renewal

Shall a previously voted increase of up to .4 mill ($0.40 per $1,000.00 of taxable value for all taxable property) above the Charter Township tax of 5 mills be renewed at up to .4 mill on general ad valorem taxes imposed upon all taxable property in Pere Marquette Charter Township, Mason County, Michigan for a period of four (4) years, 2018 through 2021, inclusive, for the purposes of providing public transportation services for the citizens of Pere Marquette Charter Township under a contract with the Ludington Mass Transportation Authority? The estimate of the revenue the Township will collect if the millage is approved and levied in its entirety in the 2018 calendar year is approximately $234,000.00, of which a portion will be disbursed to the Ludington Mass Transportation Authority as provided by law and contract.

Sheridan Township Road Improvement Millage Renewal

Shall the expired previous voted increase in the tax limitations imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Sheridan Township, of 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value), reduced to 0.9993cmills ($0.9993 per $1,000 of taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed at and increased up to the original voted 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for 5 years, 2019 through 2023 inclusive, for the purpose of road improvements, raising an estimated $50,761 in the first year the millage is levied?

Free Soil Township Road Millage Renewal

Shall the 15 mill tax limitation on general ad valorem taxes with Free Soil Township imposed by Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution have the 1.0 mill ($1.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) renewed for the period 2018 through 2028 inclusive, for the purpose of solid brining and improvements to Free Soil Township roads; and shall the Township levy such renewal in millage for such purpose during that period

Estimated renewal would raise approximately $31,000.00 in the first year of such levy.

Mason County Eastern Public School District Sinking Fund Millage Proposal

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in Mason County Eastern District, Mason, Lake and Manistee Counties, Michigan, be increased by and the board of education be authorized to levy not to exceed 1.25 mills ($1.25 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2018 to 2022, inclusive, to create a sinking fund for school security improvements, for the acquisition or upgrading of technology, for the construction or repair of school buildings, for the purchase of real estate for school sites, and for all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2018 is approximately $263,040?

County Commission, two year term

  • District 7 (Eden, Branch, Custer, Logan townships, and southern portion of Sheridan Township)
    • Republicans: Ron Bacon,John Schulke.

City of Ludington Council, four year term

  • Fourth Ward Councilor (top two will continue in November General Election):
    • Non-parisan: Jeff Casperson, Kandi Fugere, Cheri Stibitz-Rozell.

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