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Alpena voters to decide fate of 4 millages

Submitted by on April 29, 2010 – 6:06 amNo Comment

It’s now official.  Alpena County voters will decide on 4 millage requests when they head to the polls in August.

Two of the requests would restore in full .55 mills voters approved in 2006 for senior citizen services.  The senior millages were split apart on the advice of attorneys who thought the main millage, .54 mills, should be separate from another that reclaims .01 mills lost through the Headlee Rollback. 

The third request is for .125 mills to support operations at the local Veterans Affairs Office.  The office is already funded by taxpayer monies but if the economy worsens Alpena County could cut its allocation. Commissioner Cam Habermehl says that is not likely to happen however, and the County will continue to fund the office if the millage fails.

The 4th request is for .5 mills to support youth sports and recreation.  The millage was created out of a need to continue funding the Plaza Pool.  If the millage is supported by voters, any recreational group in the County can request a portion of the estimated $483,000 raised annually.  A board would be established to decide which groups would receive funding.

All of the millages are 4-year requests.