Northern, Western Michigan voters decide on road issues

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Monday, August 13, 2012

Roadways throughout northern and western Michigan got some help from voters. During the state’s primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 7, voters in nine area counties approved numerous ballot issues to benefit roads, bridges and transit.

Below are the results of transportation questions covering millage in the two regions.

The mill rate is the rate at which property taxes are determined. Every person who owns real estate is required to pay property taxes.

Voters in various communities in Newaygo County decided on transportation levies. They include:

  • Ashland Township: Renewed a 3-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $202,000 in the first year.
  • Barton Township: Renewed a 3-mill road tax for six years. It is expected to raise $62,000 in the first year.
  • Bridgeton Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $93,000 in the first year.
  • Brooks Township: Defeated effort to renew a 1-mill road tax for five years. It was expected to raise $123,000 in the first year.
  • Ensly Township: Renewed a 3-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $197,000 in the first year.
  • Everett Township: Renewed a 3-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $131,000 in the first year.
  • Garfield Township: Renewed a 3-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $160,000 in the first year.
  • Goodwell Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $56,000 in the first year.
  • Lilley Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for five years. It is expected to raise $33,000 in the first year.
  • Lincoln Township: Rejected renewal of a 1.5-mill road tax for four years. It was expected to raise $54,000 in the first year.
  • Merrill Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $42,000 in the first year.
  • Monroe Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $12,000 in the first year.


In nearby Ottawa County, ballots in multiple localities covered road levies. They include:

  • Chester Township: Renewed a 1.5-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $114,000 in the first year.
  • Jamestown Township: Renewed a 1.5-mill road tax for two years. It is expected to raise $406,000 in the first year.
  • Polkton Township: Renewed a 2-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $196,000 in the first year.
  • Robinson Township: Approved a 1-mill road tax for eight years. It is expected to raise $193,000 in the first year.
  •  Zeeland Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for six years. It is expected to raise $320,000 in the first year.


Up the Lake Michigan coastline in Charlevoix County, voters renewed a 0.25-mill rate to support the County Transit System. It is expected to raise $504,000 in the first year.

Also in the county, voters in Evangeline and Peaine townships approved 1-mill road taxes. The taxes are expected to raise $145,000 and $71,000 in the first year, respectively.

Two communities in neighboring Emmet County cast ballots on road levies. They are:

  • Carp Lake Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for four years. It is expected to raise $36,000 in the first year.
  • Springvale Township: Renewed a 1-mill road tax for five years. It is expected to raise $85,000 in the first year.


Otsego County voters approved a five-year, 0.25-mill rate. It is expected to raise $292,000 in the first year.

In Brown Township, voters in the Manistee County locale approved a 2-mill road tax for five years. It is expected to raise $50,000 in the first year.

Mason County voters living in Pere Marquette Township adopted a five-year, 0.4-mill rate to benefit the Ludington Mass Transportation Authority. The tax is expected to raise $169,000 in the first year.

Voters in two Upper Peninsula counties cast ballots on transit. They are:

  • Gogebic County voters approved a 0.33-mill rate. It is expected to raise $167,000 in the first year.
  • Ontonagon County ballots included a 1-mill rate. It is expected to raise $247,000 in the first year.


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