Brought to you by Election Magic Michigan November 2014 General Election - 11/4/2014

Proposal Text

State Proposal - 14-1 -- Hunting Season for Wolves

A REFERENDUM OF PUBLIC ACT 520 OF 2012, ESTABLISHING A HUNTING SEASON FOR WOLVES AND AUTHORIZING ANNUAL WOLF HUNTING SEASONS

Public Act 520 of 2012 would:



Should this law be approved?

State Proposal - 14-2 -- Authority to Designate Game Animals

A REFERENDUM OF PUBLIC ACT 21 OF 2013, GRANTING THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION THE POWER TO DESIGNATE WOLVES AND CERTAIN OTHER ANIMALS AS GAME WITHOUT LEGISLATIVE ACTION

Public Act 21 of 2013 would:



Should this law be approved?

Galesburg City -- Proposed Amendment to Galesburg City Charter, Section 4.8(B)

This Amendment would do away with the requirement of a special election for the filling of vacant elective City offices. Shall Section 4.8(B) of the Galesburg City Charter be amended to permit the City Council to appoint a person to fill a vacant elective office until the first Monday following the next regular city election, at which election the remainder of the term, if any, shall be filled?

Kalamazoo City -- Kalamazoo City Charter Amendment Proposal 1

Statement of Purpose: Currently the City Charter provides that the city Commission is composed of seven City Commissioners and the candidates who receive the most and second-most votes are elected as the Mayor and Vice Mayor. the proposal would provide that City Commission would be composed of a Mayor and six City Commissioners. Question: shall Sections 5, 6, 8, 9, 32, 33 and 166 of the City Charter be amended to provide City Commission would be composed of a Mayor, as a separately elected office and six City Commissioners and that the City Commissioner candidate who receives the most votes be elected Vice Mayor?

Kalamazoo City -- Kalamazoo City Charter Amendment Proposal 2

Statement of Purpose: Currently the City Charter provides that City Commissioners are elected every two years. The proposed amendments would provide that in 2015, three Commissioners would be elected to two-year terms and three Commissioners would be elected to four-year terms. Beginning in 2017 three Commissioners would be elected to four-year terms every odd-numbered year. Question: Shall Sections 5, 32, and 33 of the city Charter be amended to provide for the election of city Commissioners for staggered four-year terms of office?

Kalamazoo City -- Kalamazoo City Charter Amendment Proposal 3

Statement of Purpose: This Proposal addresses the method of election of the Vice Mayor if staggered four-year City Commissioner terms of office are approved. The proposed amendment provides that the City Commissioner candidate who receives the most votes in the biennial regular municipal election would be elected Vice Mayor for a term of two years. Question: Shall Section 8 of the City Charter be amended to provide for the election of the Vice mayor as the City Commissioner candidate who receives the most votes in the regular municipal election for a 2 yesr term?

Kalamazoo City -- Kalamazoo City Charter Amendment Proposal 4

Statement of Purpose: This Proposal continues the current practice of the City Commission appointing a person to fill a vacancy in the office of City Commissioner but provides that such appointments, if in the first half of a vacated term, shall require the remainder of the term to be filled by voters. Question: Shall Sections 9, and 32 of the City Charter be amended to aprovide for the filling of the second half of a vacant four-year term in the office of City commissioner by popular election?

Kalamazoo City -- Kalamazoo City Charter Amendment Porposal 5

Statement of Purpose: This Proposal requires a City commissioner in the midst of their term must resign their office in order to run for Mayor and that the vacated position is to be filled by voters. Question: Shall Sections 6 and 9 of the City Charter be amended to provide for the contingent resignation of a City Commissioner in the midst of their four-year term in order to seek the office of Mayor?

Charleston Township -- Proposal - 1.0 mill for public road maintenance/improvement

Shall the limitation on general ad valorem taxes in Charleston Township imposed under Article 9, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution be increased by no more than 1.0 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) and shall such increase be levied for five years in 2014 - 2018 inclusive on all taxable real and personal property in charleston Township for disbursement to Charleston Township for the purpose of funding maintenance/improvement of public roads in Charleston Township in coordination with the Kalamazoo County road Commission, thereby raising an estimated $103,089.41 in the first year the millage is levied?

Comstock Charter Township -- Proposal for Millage for Road Construction, Improvements and Maintenance

Shall the authorized charter millage for the Charter Township of Comstock, as reduced by any required millage rollbacks, be increased up to an additional 1.15 mills ($1.15 per $1,000 of taxable value) for 10 years from 2014 through 2023 inclusive, for the purpose of public road construction, improvements, and maintenance, which levy will raise an estimated $512,625 in the first year that the millage is levied?

Richland Village -- Should Richland Village Ordinance 014-2 ... become effective?

Should Richland Village Ordinance 014-2, which provides that the Richland Village Clerk and Treasurer will be appointed, rather than elected, become effective?

Athens Area Schools -- Bonding Proposal

Shall Athens Area Schools, Calhoun, Branch, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Six Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Doillars ($625,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of purchasing and equipping school buses? The following is for informational purposes only: The estimated millage that will be levied for the first series of the proposed bonds is .14 mill $0.14 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds maybe outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is seven (7) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is .70 mill ($0.70 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). (Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)

Mattawan Consolidated School -- I. Bonding Proposal

Shall Mattawan Consolidated School, Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Sixty-Two Million Three Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars $62,320,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of: erecting, furnishing and equipping two (2) new elementary school buildings; acquiring, installing and equipping the new elementary school buildings for instructional technology and related infrastructure; and developing, improving, and equipping playgrounds, play fields and sites? The following is for informational pruposes only: the estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2015, under current law, is 2.59 mills ($2.59 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds of any series may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is twenty-five (25) years. the estimated simple average annual millsge anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 4.32 mills ($4.32 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). the school district does not expect to borrow from the State to pay debt service on the bonds. The amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $14,480.00. The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstandinfg is $14,480,000. the total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is $-0-. the estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.

Mattawan Consolidated School -- II. Bonding Proposal

Shall Mattawan consolidated School, Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exteed Sixteen Million Two Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars $16,290,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of: erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to the middle school and high school buildings; remodeling, furnishing, and equipping the middle school and high school buildings; acquiring, installing and equipping the middle school and high school buildings for instructional technology and related infrastructire, puchasing school buses; and developing and improving sites? The following is for informational purposes only. the estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2016, under current law, is .98 mill ($0.98 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). Te maximum number of years the bonds of any series may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is fifteen (15) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 1.90 mills ($1.90 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The school district does not expect to borrow from the State to pay debt service on the bonds. The amount of qualified bonds currently outstansing is $14,480.00. The total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is $-0-. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstatces. (Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other opertion.

Portage Public Schools -- Millage Renewal Proposal - Building and Site Sinking Fund Tax Levy

Shall the currently authorized millage rate of .5 mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) which may be assessed against all property in Portage Public Schools, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 5 years, 2015 to 2019, inclusive, to continue to proviude for a sinking fund for the purchase of real estate for sites for, and the construction or repair of school buildings and all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2015 is approximately $1,116,000 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2014 tax levy)?

Allegan Area Educational Service Agency -- Proposal I - Special Education Millage Proposal (Restoration of Headlee Reduction)

This proposal requests additional millage to permit the continued levy by the intermediate school district of the maximum mills for special education previously approved by the electors. Shall the current charter limitation on the annual property tax rate for the education of students with a disability in Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, Michigan, be increased by .5203 mill ($0.5203 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation), for a period of 20 years, 2015 to 2034, inclusive (this increase will allow the intermediate school district to levy the maximum rate of 3.050 mills previously approved by the electors which has been reduced as required by provisions of the Michigan Conmstitution of 1963, (commonly known as the Headlee Amendment); the estimate of the revenue the intermediate school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2015 is approximately $1,387,442 from local property taxes authorized herein?

Allegan Area Educational Service Agency -- Proposal II -Area Vocational-Technical Education Millage Proposal (Restoration of Headlee Reduction)

This proposal requests additional millage to permit the continued levy by the intermediate school district of the maximum mills for vocational-technical education previously approved by the electors. Shall the current charter limitation on the annual property tax rate for vocational-technical education in Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, Michigan, be increased by .3037 mill ($0.3037 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation); for a period of 20 years, 2015 to 2034, inclusive (this increase will allow the intermediate school district to levy the maximum rate of 1.78 mills previously approved by the electors which has been reduced as required by provisionf of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, commonly known as the Headlee Amendment); the estimate of the revenue the intermediate school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2015 is approximately $809,953 from local property taxes authorized herein?