7/30/2014 6:39:00 AM Primary election set for Aug. 5
Local ballots will have several proposals as well as Republican/Democrat nominations for November's general election on the August 5 primary.
Emmet County has a renewal request of up to .25 mills ($.25 per $1,000 of taxable property value) for four years for the purpose of providing advanced life support ambulance services to the residents of Emmet County. The renewal would raise an estimated $652,081.76 in the first year the millage is levied.
The second county-wide proposal on the ballot is to renew up to the original .50 mills ($.50 per $1,000 of taxable property value) for four years, for the purpose of planning, coordinating, and providing services to senior citizens. This renewal would raise an estimated $1.3-plus million in the first year it is levied.
Residents in Readmond Township will also have the opportunity to vote on the renewal of an extra-voted millage for township operating purposes. The four-year, one mill request ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) will be used for general operating expenses and would raise an estimated $66,322.41.
The only state wide ballot proposal August 5 will be a legislative referendum dealing with personal property taxes on businesses. The purpose of the referendum is to approve or disapprove Public Act 80 of 2014, which allocates use tax revenue for various local purposes.
Partisan office candidates will also be determined on the August 5 primary, including Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative 1st District, State Senator 37th District, State Representative 107th District.
Locally, the District 3 Republican County Commissioner seat will be decided between incumbent Charlie MacInnis and newcomer Dan Robinson. Brief question and answers with the two candidates can be found elsewhere in this issue.
While the primary election determines the partisan ballot choices, there will be an opportunity for independent candidates to get on the November general election ballot.
Polls will be open at 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on August 5, and voters should use their precinct's general election polling locations.
For sample ballots and more election information, visit www.emmetcounty.org