Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 25, 2013

Coming Friday: NMC board never told cost-free Nov. election possible

Traverse City Record-Eagle

— TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College board members decided months ago to put a .4-mil request before county voters in August, a single-item, special election that’s expected to cost taxpayers about $70,000.

College trustees at the time said they chose an off-year, non-primary August election date — typically a time of light voter turnout — because they wanted to make sure there was enough time for an approved higher property tax rate to take effect this year.

But NMC College President Tim Nelson learned just after the NMC board’s April vote to secure the Aug. 6 election date that the same winter taxation goal could be achieved in November, information he failed to share with board members.

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