Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 20, 2013

Grand Traverse region election roundup

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — The following items will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot in the five-county Grand Traverse region:

Antrim County

Elk Rapids Schools requests voter approval for bonds up to $10,880,000 and an estimated 0.83 mill increase for partially remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, equipping and re-equipping Elk Rapids school facilities, including a new gymnasium, new security system and improving playing fields.

Benzie County

Officials requested a .0892 mill renewal for animal control services for four years. The millage would raise an estimated $107,633 in the first year.

Benzie officials also seek a 1 mill increase for road improvement for five years. The millage would raise an estimated $1.1 million in the first year.

Frankfort City: Residents of Frankfort can select three of the following candidates for city council: Richard Haan, JoAnn Holwerda, Robert Johnson, and Paul Luedtke.

Frankfort City officials also request a 1 mill increase for fire and rescue for five years. The millage would generate an estimated $78,314.24 in the first year.

Benzonia Township requests a fire protection and emergency medical services millage renewal of 1 mill for the next five years to raise an estimated $195,000.

Inland Township requests a millage for its parks and recreation of up to .5 mills for up to five years. The millage would raise an estimated $28,875 in the first year. Inland Township also requests an increase of 1.5 mills for fire equipment for up to five years. The millage would raise an estimated $86,626 in the first year.

Benzie residents who live within the Traverse City Area Public Schools district can vote to issue TCAPS $35,230,000 in tax bonds. The request would levy a millage of .14 mill for up to 20 years to be used in renovations to existing school facilities, elementary school facilities, athletic facilities, outfitting schools for educational technology, purchasing buses and improving sites.

The same voters can weigh in on a TCAPS request of $12,975,000 in tax bonds. The request would levy a millage of .15 mills for up to 20 years to be used in building and outfitting an auditorium at Central High School.

Grand Traverse County

Grand Traverse County requests a 1 mill increase to generate an estimated $4,396,631 for local streets, roads, highways, and bridges repair and improvement.

Traverse City Area Public Schools request $35,230,000 in tax bonds. The request would levy a millage of .14 mill for up to 20 years to be used in renovations to existing school facilities, elementary school facilities, athletic facilities, outfitting schools for educational technology, purchasing buses and improving sites.

Traverse City Area Public Schools requests $12,975,000 in tax bonds. The request would levy a millage of .15 mills for up to 20 years to be used in building and outfitting an auditorium at Central High School.

Traverse City residents can select either Rick Buckhalter or Michael Estes for mayor and they can choose up to three of the following candidates to serve as commissioners: Jody Bergman, Gary Howe, Patrick McGuire, John Reid, Ross Richardson, Jan Warren, and Tim Werner.

Residents of Whitewater Township can vote to approve an Elk Rapids schools request for up to $10,880,000 tax bonds for partially remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, equipping and re-equipping Elk Rapids school facilities, including a new gymnasium, new security system and improving playing fields.

Kalkaska County

Kalkaska residents, excluding those who live in South Boardman can vote on a Kalkaska Public Schools request for $300,000 in tax bonds to equip and re-equip school buildings and acquire and install technology in the schools. An estimated .08 mill millage would be levied for a maximum of five years.

Clearwater Township residents can vote on an Elk Rapids Schools request for up to $10,880,000 tax bonds for partially remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, equipping and re-equipping school facilities, including a new gymnasium, new security system and improving playing fields.

Leelanau County

Leelanau residents living within the Suttons Bay Public School district can vote on a request to renewal the schools' operating millage of 18 mills for 11, estimated to add up to $2,655,705 in the first year. If property values decline, they request the ability to levy to 19.8587 mills.

Leelanau residents living within the Leland Public School district can vote on a request for up to $600,000 in tax bonds to acquire and install educational technology equipment, security and telephone equipment, and school buses at the schools. The millage for the bond is estimated to be .11 mill for up to six years.

The Leland Public Schools also request a renewal of its operating millage exempting principal residence and qualified agricultural property. The millage on all other property would be 10.9013 mills. If approved, the millage would raise an estimated $3,356,652 in its first year.

Leelanau residents living in the Traverse City Area Public School district can vote on a request for $35,230,000 in tax bonds. The request would levy a millage of .14 mill for up to 20 years to be used in renovations to existing school facilities, elementary school facilities, athletic facilities, outfitting schools for educational technology, purchasing buses and improving sites.

Traverse City Area Public Schools requests $12,975,000 in tax bonds. The request would levy a millage of .15 mills for up to 20 years to be used in building and outfitting an auditorium at Central High School.

Leelanau residents living in Traverse City can select either Rick Buckhalter or Michael Estes for mayor and three of the following city commissioner candidates: Jody Bergman, Gary Howe, Patrick McGuire, John Reid, Ross Richardson, Jan Warren, and Tim Werner.