Increase sought at ballot box in August 2 primary


LAPEER COUNTY — Last month county commissioners approved ballot language that places a senior citizens millage on the August 2 primary election ballot.

At their April 7 meeting, board members okayed language that calls for levying .3916 mills for four years from 2023-2026 for the purpose of support services to senior citizens including home delivered meals, congregate meal sites, personal care, respite care and senior center activities. If approved, the senior citizens millage would generate $1.29 million dollars in the first year it’s collected.

County taxpayers already pay a .2457 mills senior citizens levy but this year’s ballot request is not considered a renewal because a millage rate increase is being proposed. Officials say they are requesting an additional 0.1459 mills “in order to maintain current levels of service.” Voters approved the current millage on the books last in 2018.

In other election matters:

•county commissioners, at their April 28 committee of the whole meeting, approved a draft proposal for a 1.45, six-year law enforcement millage that would direct funding to the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department and the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s office.