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Alpena Co. voters to see 3 more millage requests on ballot

Submitted by on April 22, 2010 – 4:18 amNo Comment

The number of millage requests on the August primary ballot in Alpena County is starting to quickly catch up to the number of races voters will decide.

The County’s Finance Committee Wednesday, approved ballot language for three more millages.  Two of them would help fund services for senior citizens.  The first is a renewal of approximately .54 mills for four years.  The other is for .01 mills for 4 years.  Combined, .55 mills, the two requests would make whole the original millage voters approved in 2006. 

The third request, .125 mills for 4 years, would fund the operations of the local Veterans Affairs Office.  The office is currently funded by taxpayer monies through Alpena County, but the County could cut its allocation to the local office if economic conditions worsen. 

County Chairman Cam Habermehl said there are no plans to pull monies from the VA office but the millage would secure the future of the office for at least the next 4 years – or the term of the millage request.  Habermehl also said that if the millage fails the county would continue to fund the office “as long as the monies are there.”

The ballot language still needs to be approved by the full board of commissioners, which meet next Tuesday.