This Morning: Breakdown of Ingham County proposals before election


We’re just one day away from the mid-term elections.

Voters will make decisions on several important candidates and proposals in our state.

6-News has talked a lot about statewide proposals such as gerrymandering and the legalization of marijuana, but there are also some local proposals that voters should be aware of before heading to the polls.

For example if you live in Ingham County, you will make a decision on a Farmland and Open Space Mileage.

This means protecting land that’s used to grow food in our region and the jobs that come with it from being sold and developed on.

If renewed, the owner of a home worth around $200,000 would pay the same tax rate they’re paying now which is about $14 a year.

For the purpose of protecting farmland and other open space lands, including waterways, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and other natural lands, and to encourage urban development, at the same millage level previously approved by the voters in 2008, shall the constitutional limitation upon the total amount of taxes which may be assessed in one (1) year upon all property within the County of Ingham, Michigan, previously increased by up to 14/100 (0.1400 of one mill, $0.14 per thousand dollars of state taxable valuation, be continued and renewed for a period of ten (10) years (2018-2027) inclusive? (If approved and levied in full, this Millage will raise an estimated additional $1,036,059 for farmland and open space preservation in the first calendar year of the levy based on state taxable valuation.)

The second countywide proposal deals with letting county officials charge higher phone fees to help fund a new 911 system.

That new system is said to improve coverage and response times for first responders.

If approved, residents would pay about $1.38 more a month per phone than they’re paying now.

This includes both cell phone and landlanes.

Right now residents pay .42 cents a month.

Shall the County of Ingham, Michigan, be authorized to assess a charge on all landline, wireless, and voice over internet protocol service users located in Ingham County of up to $1.80 per month to be used exclusively for the funding of 9-1-1 emergency telephone call answering and dispatch services within Ingham County, including facilities, infrastructure, equipment and maintenance, and operating costs?

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says make sure to check both sides of your ballot because it’s going to be a long one.

“Make sure you have enough time to vote because this is a long ballot. It’s a 2 page ballot in Ingham County. We do not have the opportunity to vote straight party, so it will likely take at least an additional 5 minutes to vote your ballot,” says Byrum.

If you want to get a better idea of the proposals and what will be on your ballot, you can head over to the Secretary of State’s website.

You can do that by clicking here.

It is allowed to take notes on a piece of paper or on your phone and bring them with you to the polls tomorrow.

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