Slim ballot: Voters to decide road millage renewal, school fund proposal

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

ELMIRA – Jordan and Warner townships on the far northeastern edges of Antrim County will be the sole entities in the county with proposals scheduled for the Tuesday, Nov. 5 ballot.

Warner Township registered voters will be asked to consider a millage renewal for road funding, and both Warner and Jordan township voters in the Boyne Falls school district will be asked to approve a new 3 mil, 10-year sinking fund that will allow for the construction, repair and improvements of school buildings in the Boyne Falls school district.

Warner Township's current 1.5 mil tax levy for roads expired in May of this year. If approved, the four-year millage will pay for continued improvements, repairs and maintenance of the township's local roads, and will raise approximately $32,986 in the first year of the renewal.

Township officials did not say why the millage renewal was not added to the August election ballot, when voters located in the Gaylord school district were asked to renew an 18 mil non-homestead, five-year operating millage, which was approved.

The road renewal millage is expected to pass, as the township has seen significant growth in the last few years with the move of EJ’s iron foundry manufacturing facility from East Jordan to the township, as well as the construction of a new American Waste Processing facility, which is expected to open soon.

The proposed Boyne Falls school district sinking fund, which also allows for upgrades to technology, will levy approximately $507,087, if approved by voters.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, and remain open until 8 p.m.



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