A special May 4th election takes place tomorrow.
There will be a few millage/bond proposals on the ballot for residents to decide.
According to the Mecosta County Clerk's Office voters will decide on a Mecosta County Parks Commission Community-Oriented Millage proposal to renovate and update facilities. Parks Superintendent Jeff Abel says if approved this millage will go toward day use visitors including lowering the price for a day pass for Mecosta Co. residents. Other projects would include maintaining existing parks, renovating deteriorating buildings and park grounds, adding new facilities, enhancement and upkeep of trails and more. The millage will be for .5 mills, or 50 cents for every $1,000 of taxable valuation. The millage would last for a period of five years — from 2021 to 2025 — and would bring in an estimated $716,089.
Next on the ballot will be an operating millage from Big Rapids Public Schools. The proposal if approved, would allow the district to continue to levy 18 mills ($18.00 for every $1,000 of taxable value) for the 2021 school year. If approved, this would allow BRPS to collect just under $4-million dollars in operating funds.
In addition, voters will be asked to approve the Big Rapids Public Schools sinking fund millage renewal. This will allow the school district to continue to levy the building site and sinking fund millage that expires with the 2022 tax levy. The proposal requests a renewal of the .75 mill assessment for four years, from 2023-26. The estimated annual revenue from the millage is around $350,000.
Green Township will be asking its residents to approve a new millage for road maintenance and improvement. The proposal of 2-mills ($2.00 for every $1,000 of taxable value) for 5 years. The additional millage is estimated to bring in around $172,000 the first year, which will be used for the highest priority projects.