County voters approve Yates Dial-A-Ride, library renewals
BALDWIN — Lake County voters overwhelmingly supported two county-wide renewal proposals during Tuesday’s primary election.
Voters approved the five-year, .4-mills renewal for Yates Dial-A-Ride by a margin of 1,493 (64 percent) to 837. By passing the renewal, it will raise about $217,564 in the first year of the levy for operations of the longtime transportation service.
“The transportation system is utilized in great numbers and the millage allows the system to move forward at a reasonable cost,” said Vedra Gant, executive director, prior to the election.
The service is used by seniors, Baldwin school children, patrons and employees of local businesses and health care facilities, as well as weekly trips to Ludington and monthly trips to Reed City.
Voters also renewed a library services millage, with 1,780 (about 76 percent) voting for it and 564 voting against it. The millage will provide operating funds for Pathfinder Community Library, Luther Area Public Library and Chase Township Public Library.
The .2492 mills will raise an estimated $143,078 in the first year of the millage, which runs through 2023.
The millage also will help continue expanded hours and additional programming at those libraries.
Along with deciding the two county-wide proposals on Tuesday’s ballot, voters throughout the county approved all township millage and renewal proposals.
In Dover Township, the five-year fire district renewal proposal passed, 77 to 33.
Eden Township voters approved two six-year millages to support fire department operations and equipment by the same margin for each, 93 to 28.
In Elk Township, a five-year proposal for road improvement and maintenance passed 194 to 106. Voters also renewed the fire equipment millage, 230 to 72, for five years.
Voters in Ellsworth Township approved a 10-year road millage, 113 to 53, and they renewed the fire protection proposal, 121 to 45.
Newkirk Township voters renewed the township’s fire protection millage, 96 to 29.
A 10-year secondary road improvement millage was approved by Pleasant Plains Township voters, 112 to 55, while voters in Sauble Township approved a five-year road millage request, 82 to 26.
In Sweetwater Township, voters overwhelmingly renewed a fire protection proposal, 43 to 9. It will run through 2038.
All election results are unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers.