County officials seek renewal of Kaliseum millage to allow time for long-term solutions

By: 
Dennis Mansfield

KALKASKA — The renewal of a four-year, 0.25-mill millage to fund operations at the Kaliseum Recreation Complex, if approved by Kalkaska County voters in the upcoming Aug. 4 primary election, won’t provide enough revenue to provide for needed repairs and upgrades at the county-owned facility.

But, local officials are hopeful that the millage renewal will provide a needed bridge, and time, for the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners and Kaliseum Steering Committee to forge partnerships with other entities, as well as look at other possible financial solutions to fund both maintenance and the  operation of the recreation facility on West Mile Road in Kalkaska.

“It’s just a partial operational millage to get us further down the road,” said District No. 3 Commissioner Kohn Fisher of the renewal request. “That’s why it’s the same dollar amount, at a quarter of a mill, that it’s always been.

“It will allow us to work on long-term answers. We need this renewal to get us to those goals,” he added. “Hopefully, the community is aware of that need.”

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