IRON COUNTY—County voters will decide the fate of several ballot proposals during the election taking place next Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Two are county-wide proposals, and one is for most of its western half. All three are renewals of existing millage.
There are no elected offices on the Aug. 6 ballot.
Medicare MOE: One ballot proposal is to renew the 1.5 levy that is used for maintenance of effort payments and operations at the county Medical Care Facility, located just east of Crystal Falls.
The present MOE millage expires after this year. The renewal is for five years, 2014 through 2018. It is projected to raise $725,112 in revenue in its first year.
Senior Centers: The senior center millage is 0.27 mills and will be used to operate all the senior centers in Iron County. It would raise $130,520 in its first year. The renewal is 0.25 mills for operations and 0.02 mills for program administration costs.
The senior center millage expired in 2012. The renewal would fund the senior centers for four years, 2013 through 2016.
Windsor Rec Authority: The third ballot proposal will only be decided by voters in the city of Iron River and in Iron River, Bates and Stambaugh townships. It asks voters to approve a 0.5 mill levy for operation of the Windsor Recreation Association for two years, 2013 and 2014.
Revenue from the millage will be used to operate and maintain the Windsor Auditorium at the Windsor Center (the former high school/middle school building on U.S. 2) and for adult and youth recreation programs based at the Windsor Center. It would raise $122,000 across the four units in its first year.
Although the ballot language does not specifically say that the Rec Authority millage is a renewal, it is. The cities of Caspian and Gaastra are not members of the Recreation Authority, and their voters will not vote on this.