BOC, supporters to host additional forums prior to Kaliseum vote

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – With voters set to head to the polls May 7, Kalkaska County officials and supporters of the Kaliseum Recreation Complex are making sure concerned residents have plenty of time to ask questions and gain valuable information, as they hope to sway more to support a 1.5-mill ballot proposal that would provide funding to renovate, update and operate the facility for the next two decades.

Right up until the day before the spring special election, the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners will host a series of special meetings/public forums at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays March 25, April 8, April 22 and May 6 in the upper level conference room at the Kaliseum.

“By having a number of these meetings, we hope to garner questions and concerns from the public,” said District No. 3 Commissioner Kohn Fisher, chairman of the county board.

Fisher said officials are taking questions voiced at the upcoming meetings, as well as a trio of recent gatherings, and will compile them into a Voter’s Q&A on the Kaliseum and what the millage would provide, if approved. The document will be provided at various public meetings, as well as posted on the county website.

And, Fisher said there’s definitely been a consistent theme in the questions from those who’ve attended the public forums.

“‘What are you going to do with the money?’ That’s the big one,” Fisher added.

Another key question is what will happen to the two millages already funding the recreation facility, including the 0.73-mill bond that was approved to pay for construction of the Kaliseum and a 0.25-mill operational levy.

The second issue might soon be answered by the county board, as commissioners were set to vote on a resolution stating neither of the previous two millages will be levied if the newer, proposed funding request is approved by voters.

“That will alleviate some of the comments,” Fisher said.

Overall, the proposed 20-year levy would help raise over $28 million to repair and upgrade the facility, as well as fund operations over the duration of the millage.

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