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Voters To Decide Key Ballot Proposals Today

Voters are heading to the polls today to determine the fate of some very important ballot items.

The bond proposal for the Houghton-Portage Township Schools is up for a vote once again, after failing by only a handful of votes last year.

At $10.9 million, Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil says the proposal calls for an increase of 0.75 mills but offers more and costs less than the previous proposal.

Opponents of the proposal have argued that by refinancing the bonds, residents of the district would see a decrease in their millage rate of 1.75 mills if the proposal fails.

The project would include a new drop-off and pick-up location for Houghton Elementary School, athletic improvements to the high school and middle school, and facility upgrades throughout the district.

Schoolcraft Township residents are voting on an Emergency Services Millage Renewal for police and fire services in the village of Lake Linden.

The proposal calls for the renewal of 1.75 mills for five years.

Residents in Baraga County’s Spurr Township will help decide the fate of a bond proposal for the Ishpeming-Negaunee Community School District.

The $4.1 million dollar proposal will result in an increase of .30 mills for 14 years and will go towards a new gym and other upgrades at Westwood High School.

Ontonagon County residents will vote on a Sinking Fund Millage Proposal that would result in an increase of 1.5 mills for 10 years.

The resulting funds would be used for the purchase of real estate for sites for, and the construction or repair of, school buildings and security and technology upgrades.

Rockland Township residents in Ontonagon County will also vote on a 15 mil Road and Sidewalk maintenance renewal and an Activity Center millage proposal.

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