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Election for jail millage to cost around $20K

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on August 17, 2017 – 12:56 amNo Comment

A special election in November will cost taxpayers in Alpena County approximately $20,000.

The county will be asking voters to support a 1 mill, 20-year levy for a new jail and sheriff’s office.

County clerk Bonnie Friedrichs told the county’s finance committee Wednesday, the election will likely cost the county $12,000-$15,000 alone.  That amount would cover the cost of ballots, employee hours, election workers, programming and more.

Each of the eight townships in the county, along with the city, will also incur election expenses.  Friedrichs believes the total cost of the millage election will approach, and may even exceed, the $20,000 mark.

The millage would generate an estimated $19.6 million over 20 years, of which an estimated $10.85 million would be used for the jail.  Another approximately $4.6 million would cover the estimated bond interest, leaving $4.14 million for operations, furnishings and other needed jail equipment.

Commissioners say it would cost more to operate a new, larger 106-bed jail and it would require more manpower.

If the millage passes it would cost a homeowner with a $100,000 property, $50 a year.

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