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Commissioners approve language for one millage – hold off on another

Submitted by on March 30, 2010 – 3:46 pmNo Comment

Alpena County Commissioners have approved an August ballot initiative that would raise money for youth sports and recreation.

A second millage request for senior citizen activities is on hold pending final approval by attorneys.

Under the terms of the youth and recreation millage, taxpayers will be asked to support a half-mill levy for 4 years.  Approximately $483,000 would be raised annually to support all youth sports, the Plaza Pool, Northern Lights Arena and any other activity linked to recreation – not just for kids.

The idea for the millage grew out of concern for the Plaza Pool which could close at the end of the year because Alpena Schools and the county have both pulled funding for it.  However, if the August millage is passed, a board will be set up to decide which groups or facilities will receive a piece of the pie with no guarantee the pool would receive enough funding to keep it open.

The ballot language for the senior citizens proposal is a bit more complicated because that millage seeks to recoup a small amount of the original levy lost over the past 4 years due to the “Headlee rollback.”