UPDATE: Awaiting results from light spring elections in Upper Michigan
MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Elections happened Tuesday, May 3 for some in Upper Michigan, a chance to make your voice heard.
There were races or proposals in Calumet, Houghton, Lake Linden, Marquette Area Public Schools, Michigamme Township, NICE Community Schools and Pickford Public Schools.
“For the May election we have the City of Houghton, they have one council member that was not filled so now it is going to the voters,” Houghton County Clerk and Register of Deeds Jennifer Kelly said.
Michael Salmi, Craig Waddell and Robyn Johnson are running for a seat on Houghton’s City Council. It’s a partial term that would end Nov. 8, 2022.
The village of Lake Linden has a proposal to renew its emergency services at 1.75 mills.
The village of Calumet has a proposal to change the treasurer to an appointed position instead of an elected one.
In Marquette County, Michigamme Township has a recall election. Democratic incumbent William Seppanen is running against Rhonda Boshears, with no party affiliation, for the township supervisor role.
A recall petition was filed against Seppanen in November, following local tension over a gazebo’s removal.
“He chose to run again and then Rhonda Boshears will be on there as well, so now the voters will make a determination and we’ll see who wins that race,” Marquette County Clerk Linda Talsma said.
Marquette Area Public Schools and NICE Community Schools each have a sinking fund proposal. Both districts are asking for the same rates they currently have, 0.934 mill for MAPS and 1.75 mills for NICE. This means there won’t be new taxes if these proposals are passed.
“A single mill is $1 per $1,000 of taxable value and we have one that is 0.934 mills and the other one is 1.75 mills,” Marquette County Treasurer Jacqueline Solomon said. “If you look at the taxable value of your property multiply that times $1.75.”
Residents of Spurr Township in Baraga County will get to vote on the NICE Community Schools sinking fund proposal.
In Chippewa and Mackinac counties, Pickford Public Schools has a bonding proposal on the ballot, requesting a 0.5 mill increase to generate up to $3.5 million to continue district improvements.
Polls for eligible voters in precincts with ballot measures will open at 7 a.m., closing at 8 p.m Tuesday, May 3. Absentee voters still have until Tuesday to turn in their ballots at the clerk’s drop box or office.
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