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DDA/sheriff’s office clarify jail millage questions

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on October 13, 2017 – 12:44 amNo Comment

There seems to be some confusion within the community over the proposed Alpena County jail millage and the fact that the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) would collect a very small portion of that millage, if approved by voters next month.

The DDA, in fact, collects a very small portion of all approved millages in the county.

The local DDA, along with DDAs across Michigan, are allowed to capture a portion of millages by state statute.  The monies collected from millages are one of two sources of revenue for DDAs and can only be spent on projects within a DDA district.

In addition, the DDA would only collect money from properties within the designated DDA district.  That means all millage money collected on properties outside the DDA boundary would go directly toward the jail project and none of it would benefit the DDA.

Also, only a small portion of the millage money collected on properties within the DDA district would be diverted to the DDA.  The largest portion of the millage collected on properties with the DDA district would go toward the jail project.  The DDA estimates that its portion of the proposed $19.6 million millage would equate to roughly $3,000 in 2018.

The DDA would continue to capture a varying amount in each subsequent year the millage is collected.

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