Houghton County jail proposal language approved

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - An $11 million proposal to expand the overcrowded Houghton County jail will go before voters in November.

The Houghton County Board approved the following ballot language for the proposal at Tuesday evening's meeting.

Shall the County of Houghton, Michigan, borrow the principal sum of not to exceed Eleven Million Dollars ($11,000,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds, in one or more series, payable in not to exceed twenty (20) years from date of issuance of each series, for the purpose of paying the costs of acquiring, constructing, furnishing, and equipping, additions, improvements, and remodeling of the county jail, including site improvements, appurtenances and attachments thereto?

The estimated millage to be levied in 2019 is .7439 mills ($.7439 per $1,000 of taxable value) and the estimated simple average annual millage rate required to retire the bonds is .751 mills ($.751 per $1,000 of taxable value).

The cost includes more than just the jail addition. Since the addition will take over the current parking structure, that structure will be demolished and a new lot put in across the street. The existing jail and court room will also be renovated.

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