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January 13, 2014

Leelanau commissioners to discuss road millage

TRAVERSE CITY — Getting a routine road millage on the Leelanau County ballot is expected to be barrier free.

Leelanau County commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to put a road millage on the August 2014 ballot. It is the same millage that voters have approved every other year since 1986.

The millage renewal proposes a .5 mill rate for the next two years to fund road and highway maintenance and repair. The millage is estimated to raise about $1.2 million in the first year.

“It gives us the ability to provide better winter service,” said James Johnson, engineer-manager of the Leelanau County Road Commission. “It allows us to put more trucks on the road and put people on the road at night and (on) weekends — things we would not be able to do if it weren’t for the millage.”

Millage funds make up about a quarter of the road commission’s core budget, said Joe Nedow, the road commission’s finance manager.

“They’re looking for a renewal, not an increase, so I’d expect the other commissioners to go along with it,” Leelanau County Commissioner Tom Van Pelt said.

The language has already been cleared by the county’s lawyers, Van Pelt said.

“(The road commission has) always proved to do a super good job on our roads, keeping our roads open and clear and patched and repaired,” Commissioner Melinda Lautner said. “I hear from my constituents that as they travel from one county to another they can always tell when they come into Leelanau because the roads are in good condition.”

The commissioners will decide whether to put the issue on the ballot in a meeting Tuesday morning.

 

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