Wed, August 6, 2014
Michigan voters have passed Proposal 1, the only statewide ballot question in yesterday's (Tue) election, meaning the phase-out of Michigan's personal property tax on business will continue. Proposal 1 would gradually eliminate the personal property tax that some companies pay on equipment or machinery. In Local election news, voters passed a request to renew Mecosta County’s 10-year fixed millage rate of 7.4293 for operating funds. Voters also renewed the 911 surcharge for Meceola Central Dispatch's operations. In the Mecosta County Board of Commission election, Republican challenger Jerrilynn Strong, of Remus, beat incumbent Jerry Williams, of Barryton, in the primary to represent District No. 2 and Republican incumbent Eric O’Neil, of Big Rapids, beat challenger Mike Schonert, of Big Rapids, to represent District No. 6. For the 102nd state house seat, incumbent Republican Phil Potvin defeated fellow Republican challenger James Higgs, of Barryton, for the GOP nomination. In the 4th Congressional District, State Senator John Moolenaar won the GOP primary to replace the retiring Dave Camp. Moolenaar was up against retired businessman Paul Mitchell and businessman Peter Konetchy.