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Voters support ballot measures

CRYSTAL FALLS—Eight different millage proposals were on the ballot for the election on Aug. 6, and all eight passed without much problem.
    The biggest item on the ballot was the West Iron District Library millage, which included a 1.5-mill renewal and a 0.25-mill increase—a total of 1.75 mills. That passed with 76 percent support from voters, 481 yes to 148 no.
    The library millage was decided by voters in the cities of Iron River, Caspian and Gaastra, along with Iron River Township, Bates Township and Stambaugh Township. The millage will be in effect for five years, 2020 to 2024.
    The closest millage votes were in Iron River Township, where two renewals were on the ballot—one passed easily, and the other was a little closer.
    Renewal of the township’s general operations millage (1.25 mills, three years, 2020 to 2022) got 80 percent support (81 yes, 20 no) while renewal of the roads millage (1.0 mill, three years, 2019 to 2021) got 62 percent backing (61 yes, 38 no).
    Elsewhere, ballot proposals had broad support. In the city of Crystal Falls, renewal of the fire protection millage (1.5 mills, three years, 2019 to 2021) got 90 percent support (46 yes, 5 no).
    Crystal Falls Township asked voters to renew the general operations millage, and they gave the 3.5-mill levy 92 percent backing (49 yes, 4 no). That millage is for four years, 2019 to 2022.
    Bates Township voters gave 91 percent support (99 yes, 10 no) to a renewal of its 3-mill levy for general purposes (two mills) and road repair (one mill). It will be in effect for four years, 2020 to 2023).
    Stambaugh Township voters approved a five-year renewal of its 2-mill levy for roads, with 88 percent support (124 yes, 17 no). That covers the years 2020 to 2024.
    In Mansfield Township, another five-year renewal of road millage got 82 percent support (28 yes, 6 no). That
 one is also for 2 mills and covers 2020 to 2024.
    Voting booths stayed closed in Hematite Township and Mastodon Township—no items on the ballot.
    Voter turnout through the entire county was 8.6 percent—771 of 8,697 eligible voters cast ballots. The West Iron Library millage had 10.4 percent turnout among its six member units. High turnout was Mansfield Township (14.5 percent) and Gaastra (13.1 percent). Low turnout was Crystal Falls city (3.9 percent) and Caspian (5.8 percent).
    The next election is on Nov. 5 and features three city elections: Iron River (mayor and two council members), Caspian (two commissioners) and Gaastra (mayor and two commissioners).