Voters in 5 NE Michigan counties head to the polls Tuesday

Voters from five counties in northeast Michigan will be headed to the polls on Tuesday.

Residents of Alpena County will be asked to support the renewal of a telephone surcharge; while voters in Cheboygan, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties will consider the same school-related millage renewal.

Alpena County is asking for a 5-year renewal of a telephone surcharge that helps fund 911 operations. The surcharge raises an estimated $900,000 to $1 million annually for 911 services, facilities, equipment and operations.

The renewal would allow the county to charge up to $3 a month on all phone lines, including landlines, wireless and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The renewal period would start January 1, 2022 and end December 31, 2026.

The Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle Educational Service District is asking voters to support the renewal of a 0.6418 millage that funds services and programs for students with disabilities. The ESD is asking for a 6-year renewal. The millage raises approximately $2.3 million annually and can only be used for special ed services.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.