Osceola County passes 4-H, sheriff’s office millages

Evart, Reed City Schools millage renewal proposals pass

Voters in Osceola County were asked to vote on several millage proposals on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot, two of which aid the Sheriff’s Department’s operations.  

Voters in Osceola County were asked to vote on several millage proposals on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot, two of which aid the Sheriff’s Department’s operations.  

DeBrock, Ronald

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Voters in Osceola County were asked to vote on several millage proposals on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot, two of which aid the Sheriff’s Department’s operations. 

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

The countywide millage for MSU Extension and 4-H services proposal passed by 3,371 yes votes and 2,183 opposing votes. 

The proposal requested up to 0.25 mils which 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.

Now passed, the millage will be approved and levied in full and 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.

The Road Patrol millage renewal proposal passed by 3,855 yes votes and 1,738 no votes. 

The proposal states that it is 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. 

The millage renewal will not be an increase for taxpayers. The new millage proposal will cost about $100 per year for a home with a taxable value of $100,000.

Following passage, the millage will be approved and levied in full and 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.

The Osceola County Community Schools Resource Officer and Sheriff and Jail Operations millage proposal passed by a total of 3,493 yes votes and 2,092 opposing votes. 

The millage proposal’s purpose was to provide funding for Community/School Resource officers in the schools and for general operations of the County Sheriff’s Department and jail facility within Osceola County. 

With passage, the millage will be approved and levied in full and 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.

EVART, REED CITY SCHOOLS

The election also saw the passage of two school millage renewals. 

Local school districts generate a portion of school funding through a property tax called a millage. A millage rate is made up of a certain number of “mills.” All Michigan school districts are required to collect an 18 mill, millage to pay for operations or day-to-day functions from employee salaries to utilities.

According to official results, The Reed City School District Operating Millage Renewal proposal passed by 186 yes votes to 137 no votes. 

The Evart Public Schools Operating Millage Renewal proposal also passed by a margin of 58 yes votes to 22 no votes.