Ballot proposals to be decided by voters in the Tuesday, Aug. 4, Primary Election include the following:
• New Buffalo Township Millage Proposal
Shall the tax limitation on all taxable property within New Buffalo Township, Berrien County, Michigan, be increased and the Township be authorized to levy a new additional millage annually in an amount not to exceed .6033 mill ($.6033 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for twenty (20) years, 2020 to 2039 inclusive, to provide funds for all Township purposes authorized by law and to restore the full amount of the original allocated millage rate lost as a result of the Headlee Amendment millage reduction? The estimate of the revenue the Township will collect in the first year of levy (2020) if the millage is approved is approximately $375,000.
• Bridgman Public School District Operating Millage Renewal Proposal
This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy its authorized millage rate on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its full revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2020 tax levy. Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitations of 8.88 mills ($8.88 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Bridgman Public School District, Berrien County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 6 years, 2021 to 2026, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2021 is approximately $10,481,700 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2020 tax levy)?
• Weesaw Township Road Millage Renewal Proposition
Shall the Township of Weesaw, Berrien County, Michigan, levy 1.0 (one) mill, which is equal to $1.00 for each $1,000.00 of taxable valuation of real and personal property subject to taxation? Said millage will be renewal of the 2018-2019 millage to be used for the maintenance, upkeep and construction of roads within Weesaw Township, so designated by the Township Board. Said millage, if approved by the electors of Weesaw Township, will be levied for a period of two years, beginning with the year 2020 and ending with the levy in the year 2021. Based on current valuation, it is estimated that the levy will generate approximately $90,959.80 in the first year of the levy.
• Galien Township Road Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Levy
Shall the Township of Galien levy an amount not to exceed sixty dollars ($60) annually on each parcel of real property subject to taxation, for a period of two (2) years commencing in 2020 through 2021, inclusive, for the purpose of funding maintenance, repair and replacement of roads within the Township? This levy will raise approximately $62,000 in the first calendar year.
Also on the ballot will be requests to renew the .35 mill Berrien County Law Enforcement and Public Safety levy; the .45 mill 9-1-1 Emergency System tax; and the .30 mill levy for the county’s senior centers (all are four-year renewals).
Contested primary races among candidates of the same party include Republicans Pauline Wendzel of Coloma and Jacquie Gnodtke Blackwell of Bridgman in the 79th State House District; Democrats Tim Richter and Bruce D. Williams for Galien Township Supervisor; Republicans John Gast and James Stine Jr. for Lake Township Supervisor; Republicans JoAnn DeMeulenaere and Gloria Payne for Lake Township Clerk; seven Republicans seeking four seats on the Lake Township Board — Zach Carson, Mike Essig, Bill Geukes, Christina Martin, Nancy Mensinger, Eric Ramso and John Wilk; Republicans Troy Rolling and Shelly Weich for County Treasurer; and Republicans Lora Gnodtke Freehling and Brandon Vance for County Register of Deeds.