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West Michigan Election Primer

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On Tuesday, residents in Michigan will have the opportunity to cast votes in a number of elections. For residents of West Michigan, the following counties will be voting on the following proposals and open council seats.

Barry County

Barry Immediate School District is requesting additional millage for special education. The school district is seeking an additional seven-tenths of a mill ($0.70 per $1,000 of taxable value) increase over 10 years for students with disabilities, which was previously approved by electors. The proposal will allow the intermediate school district to levy the maximum rate of 2.1875 mills, which will collect an estimated $366,143 in 2017 if the millage is approved.

Hastings Area School System is seeking a 10-year renewal to continue the standard rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law. The current authorized millage rate limitation for the school district is 17.9262 mills. The school district estimates it will collect $3 million during the first year if the proposal is approved.

Orangeville Township Fire Department is proposing an increase of up to three-quarters of a mill for a five-year period. The increase would bring an estimated $102,403 to the fire department in the first year of the millage.

Branch County

Noble Township is proposing an increase of a half mill ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a five-year period. The increase would bring an estimated $8,616 in the first year.

Burlington Township is proposing a road improvement bond for the purpose of paying the cost of acquiring, constructing, furnishing and equipping improvements to local roads throughout the township. The bond is not to exceed a total of $2.36 million and the millage on taxpayers will be 3.86 mills.

Van Buren County

Lawton Community Schools is seeking a three-year renewal to continue the standard rate not to exceed 18 mills ($18 per $1,000 of taxable value) on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law. If the renewal is approved, the school district will receive an estimated $1.15 million in 2017.

The City of South Haven's 1st Ward will have a vote for a city council seat. Ahmmad J. Goodwin, Joe Resser and Steve Runkle are seeking the job.

For more information regarding the elections by specific county, view the ballots on Michigan's state elections website.

Return to WWMT.com for election coverage and watch Newschannel 3 for election night results.

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