Voters approve renewal of operational millage for Kaliseum

Dennis Mansfield

KALKASKA — The motto of try, try again proved a prophetic one of Kalkaska County officials, after voters countywide approved a four-year, 0.25-mill millage renewal to support operations at the Kaliseum Recreation Complex in the 2020 general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The ballot request was the same millage renewal that will help partially fund operations at the Kaliseum but was defeated by voters by a margin of 2,413 “no” votes to 2,237 “yes” votes in the recent Aug. 4 primary election. It’s also the same levy that had been approved by voters in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Kaliseum executive director John Starr was up late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning tallying votes as results sprinkled in from the various townships. In the end, Starr and other county officials were celebrating a win, as 4,949 voters approved the renewal request over 4,072 “no” votes.

"A ‘thank you’ — make that a big thank you — to all the voters that continue to support the Kaliseum,” said District No. 3 Commission Kohn Fisher, chairman of the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners. “The board will continue to look for a long-term solution for this much needed community facility.”

It was the only county-wide ballot request put before Kalkaska County voters in the Nov. 3 election. The results are unofficial, however, until certified by the Kalkaska County Board of Canvassars.

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