Millage renewals on ballot in Osceola County

MSU Extention, Road Patrol, Sheriff and Jail requesting funding

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Along with deciding who will represent them in state and local governmental positions, voters in Osceola County are being asked to vote on several millage proposals on the August ballot.

The county board of commissioners approved placing new millages for Michigan State University Extension and 4-H services and School Resource Officers, along with Road Patrol and Sheriff and Jail millage renewals on the ballot last March.

The countywide millage for MSU Extension and 4-H services proposal reads as follows:

On August 2, 2022, Osceola County residents will be asked to consider a new MSU Extension millage. The request of up to 0.25 mils will provide continued funding for MSU Extension educational programming and services in Osceola County. The millage will cost the homeowner $0.00025 for every $1,000 of taxable home value. For example, if you own a $100,000 home, you’ll invest $12.50 per year in taxes to support the educational programming MSU Extension provides for you, your family and your community.

For the purpose of sustaining 4-H youth development, agriculture, health and nutrition, horticulture, finance and homeownership, and other community education programs through Michigan State University Extension services within Osceola County, shall the limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Osceola County be increased by up to 0.2500 mill ($0.2500 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation and be levied for a period of four (4) years, 2022 through 2025, inclusive?

If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $199,390 for Michigan State University Extension Services in the first calendar year of the levy, based on state taxable valuation.  As required by law, a small portion of the millage may also be disbursed to the Downtown Development Authorities of the City of Evart and Richmond Township.

The Road Patrol millage renewal proposal reads as follows:

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is asking voters to renew an old millage as well as approve a new one. The millage renewal will not be an increase to taxpayers. The new millage proposal will cost about $100 per year for a home with a taxable value of $100,000.

For the sole purpose of continuing operations of the road patrol to sustain the 1995 voter approved addition of six (6) road deputies, vehicles, and equipment which supplemented  the existing Sheriff's budget, at the same millage level previously approved by the voters in 1994, 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016, shall the previous voted increase in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within the County of Osceola, Michigan, be renewed at 0.9952 of one (1) mill, and shall the previously authorized reduced millage of 0.0048 of one (1) mill be restored, for a return to the previously voted total limitation increase of 1.0000 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of Taxable Value) and be levied for a period of six (6) years (2022-2027) inclusive?

If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $797,559 for continuing operations of the road patrol within Osceola County in the first calendar year of the levy based on taxable value. As required by law, a small portion of the millage may also be disbursed to the Downtown Development Authorities of the City of Evart and Richmond Township.

The Osceola County Community Schools Resource Officer and Sheriff and Jail Operations millage proposal reads as follows:

For the purpose of providing funding for Community/School Resource officers in the schools and for general operations of the County Sheriff Department and jail facility within Osceola County, shall the limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Osceola County be increased by up to 1.0000 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) and be levied for a period of four (4) years, 2022 through 2025, inclusive?

If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $797,559 for Community/School Resource officers and County Sheriff/Jail operations in the first calendar year of the levy, based on state taxable valuation. As required by law, a small portion of the millage may also be disbursed to the Downtown Development Authorities of the City of Evart and Richmond Township.

Also on the ballot for Osceola County are the following township millage renewal proposals:

  • Burdell Township: Renewal of a previously approved levy of 2 mills for a period of six years for road and bridge improvement projects.
  • Burdell Township: Renewal of a previously approved levy of 2 mills for a period of five years for fire protection.
  • Hartwick Township: Renewal of a levy of 1 mill for a period of four years for road maintenance and improvement.
  • Lincoln Township: Renewal of a levy of 1.9832 mills for eight years for maintenance and improvement of roads.
  • Middle Branch Township: Renewal of a levy of 1 mill for two years for road maintenance and improvements.
  • Richmond Township: Renewal of a levy of 2 mills for road maintenance and improvements.
  • Rose Lake Township: An increase of 1 mill to be levied for four years for the purpose of road maintenance and improvements.

For more information on the millage proposals, or to view a sample ballot, contact the county clerk’s office at 231-832-3261 or visit Michigan.gov/elections.