County residents to vote on millage proposals in primary election
OSCEOLA COUNTY — Several townships in Osceola County are seeking financial support from voters during the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Eight townships within Osceola County have submitted a total of nine millage proposals, including those for road maintenance, fire department operations and operating expenses of Marion Public Schools.
Rose Lake Township is proposing a millage of up to one mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) for the period 2018 to 2021, for the purpose of road maintenance and improvements. If passed, roughly $53,759 is expected to be raised each year.
Richmond Township also is proposing a millage for road construction and maintenance. This two mill ($2 per $1,000 of taxable value) proposal will be levied between 2018 and 2021, and is expected to raise about $105,156 in the first year if passed.
A one mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) road millage renewal has been requested by Middle Branch Township to be levied for two years. The millage increase is expected to raise an estimated $24,497.58 in the first year if passed.
Marion Township has proposed up to one mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) for road purposes to be levied through 2018 to 2021. If passed, it is estimated to raise $39,000 in the first year.
Hartwick Township has proposed a renewal of up to one mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) for road maintenance and improvements for four years, with an expected $22,900 to be raised in the first year the millage is levied.
Two millages are being proposed by Burdell Township, one being a previously reduced mill of 1.9806 mills ($1.98 per $1,000 of taxable value) to be renewed at up to two mills ($2 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for four years, for road and bridge improvement projects in the township.
If passed, an estimated $72,700 is to be raised in the first year.
The other millage proposal for Burdell Township is for a millage increase of up to two mills ($2 per $1,000 of taxable value) to be levied through 2018 to 2022, for fire protection, raising approximately $72,700 in the first year if passed.
Cedar Township has proposed a millage levied at one mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) for the period of 2019 through 2022 for general operating purposes. If passed, $23,286.40 is expected to be raised in the first year.
In addition to the township millage proposals, Marion Public Schools has proposed an operating millage renewal to allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.
If passed, the 18 mills ($18 per $1,000 of taxable value) will be renewed for a period of five years, from 2019 to 2023, and will provide funds for operating purposes.
The school district is expected to collect $1,475,285 in revenue in 2019 if the millage is levied.
Aside from the various millage proposals, the primary ballot also will contain a zoning ordinance referendum from Burdell Township which will rezone property at 18631 200th Ave., Tustin, from agricultural and rural residential to the residential zoning district designation if approved.
Voters also will consider a request for the LeRoy Village Council to sell the Village Park on the northeast corner of Gilbert and Bevins streets for the purpose of relocating the veterans' memorial, benches, flower containers and flag pole to a new park on the northeast corner of the Mackinaw Trail and Gilbert Street.
Polls will be open to voters from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7.