Millages fill out Baraga primary

L’ANSE – Baraga County voters will be considering county, village and township millages when they go to the polls for primary elections Tuesday, but there are no local primary elections on the ballot.

Voters throughout the county will be voting on a renewal of the county’s 10-mill tax allocation, with 8.6 mills going to fund township operating expenses, 1 mill for redistribution to townships within the county and 0.4 mills going to the Copper Country Intermediate School District. County clerk Wendy Goodreau said the 10-mill rate has been in place for several years, and the current vote will approve its renewal indefinitely, “until the people vote to change it.”

The Village of L’Anse is asking voters to approve an 18-mill renewal for operating expenses, through 2018. In Spurr Township, two millage renewals are on the ballot, 1.5 mills to support road improvements and maintenance, and 2.25 mills for garbage pickup, both for five years.

Arvon Township will be asking voters to approve 1.5 mills for its fire department for five years, to cover operating expenses, maintenance and construction for new facilities. Goodreau said this is officially a new millage, though the same rate had been collected in the recent past until it was left off of last year’s ballot.

While no local officials face primary challenges, Goodreau said one County Commissioner, Democrat Roy Menge, will face opposition in November’s general election, from Republican Calvin Koski.