Schools, Saugatuck Township ask voters for millage renewals

By: 
Ryan Lewis, Editor

 

Voters will see renewals of four millages on a sparse May 6 ballot in Allegan County.

The last day to register to vote in the election is Monday, April 7, at 5 p.m.
 
Fennville, Otsego and Plainwell school districts will request voters renew their operating millages.
 
Fennville is seeking to renew the millage for one year, Otsego for 10 and Plainwell for 12.
 
Those 18-mill taxes are applied to non-homestead properties—such as industrial and commercial properties, second homes and some agricultural land.
 
The money the millages generate can be used on payroll, utilities and maintenance but not for constructing new buildings or renovations.
 
Fennville’s voters renewed the district’s operating millage last May 573 to 177.
 
If passed this year, the tax will generate an estimated $2.4 million in school revenue in its first year (2014).
 
Otsego’s millage was last approved in August 2005 by a vote of 371 to 350.
 
If passed this time, the tax will generate an estimated $1.8 million in school revenue in its first year (2014).
 
Plainwell’s was last appro­ved in May 2005 by a vote of 745 to 245.
 
If passed this time, the tax will generate an estimated $1,989,000 in school revenue in its first year (2014).
 
In Saugatuck Township, voters will decide a renewal of a five-year, 1-mill levy for road maintenance.
 
If approved, it will raise an estimated $257,795 in 2014 and continue through 2018.
 
Voters renewed it in May 2009 by a 249-116 vote.
 
The township has another 1-mill road millage on the tax rolls for the same purpose, renewed last August for five years.
 
Contact Ryan Lewis at rmlewis@allegannews.com or (269) 673-5534.

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