September 30, 2014

Voters to decide fate of road patrol millage renewal in August

By Greg Buckner
Staff Writer | reporter@ogemawherald.com
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ARENAC COUNTY — Voters in Arenac County will be voting on a proposal to renew the Arenac County Sheriff Road Patrol Millage for another four years in the August presidential primary election.

At the Board of Commissioners meeting May 1, the board voted 5-0 to include the proposal on the Aug. 7 ballot. The proposal is for 1 mill, meaning $1 per every $1,000 worth of taxable value on all property in the county would fund a countywide Sheriff Department Road Patrol.

If passed, the millage will be in effect from 2013-2017.

“It’s simply a renewal of the previous millage,” Board Chairman Michael Snyder said at the meeting. “The sheriff is asking for the same amount for the millage as it was before.”

According to the proposal, the millage will help fund the payment of wages and benefits to officers, vehicle purchases and operation expenses incurred, including repair and maintenance.

If approved and levied, it is estimated the millage would produce revenues of $542,396.00 in 2013.

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