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2013-09-29 / News

Nov. 5 election on the horizon

Lapeer residents asked to decide three charter amendment proposals
BY KRYSTAL JOHNS 810-452-2601 • kjohns@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER COUNTY — Some voters in Lapeer County will be asked to cast ballots on a number of issues throughout the county on Nov. 5.

The majority will affect the city of Lapeer. There are uncontested races for mayor — William Sprague is running for re-election — and city commissioner, for which Elaine Gates is running.

Sprague has been on the commission since 2001, and has been mayor since he replaced Chuck Treece in 2006. Gates is running to replace Deb Marquardt, who has opted not to try for reelection.

In addition, there are three proposals to amend the city charter.

Proposal 1 would reaffirm the city commission's authority to determine the propriety and cost of public improvements and to the defray the cost of them through special assessments.

Proposals 2 and 3 would amend the charter to reflect changes in Michigan election law. Proposal 2 would result in the recall process being conducted in the manner prescribed by statute and Proposal 3 would result in the nominating petition process being conducted in the manner prescribed by statute.

In addition, residents in the City of Lapeer and throughout the rest of the Lapeer Community Schools district will be asked to vote on a millage renewal of 18 mills for non-homestead property for the next five years. If approved, the millage would raise an estimated $6.2 million for the district in 2014.

Voters in the portions of Deerfield, Elba, Hadley, Marathon and Oregon townships that lie within the Genesee County Intermediate School District will be asked to approve a $50-million bond issue for the purpose of making permanent improvements to, renovating, remodeling, improving, equipping and re-equipping college buildings and sites and other buildings to be used by the college for instructional purposes, acquiring buildings and sites for buildings, and constructing buildings and additions. The estimated millage that will be levied in the first year is .08 mills and the estimated average millage to retire the bonds is .25 mills.

The maximum number of years each series of bonds may be outstanding is 20 years.

Voters can view ballot language ahead of time by visiting www.michigan.gov/sos. On the left side, click Elections in Michigan, then Michigan Voter Information Center, then Public Ballot. From there, simply select your county, jurisdiction and precinct, and your ballot will be generated.

If you are interested in voting in this election, but are not yet registered, Oct. 7 is the last day you can do so. Register to vote by visiting your local clerk’s office.

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