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For anyone who hasn’t voted via absentee ballot, you can download the Peninsula Township ballot for tomorrow’s 2016 presidential election here.

The Peninsula Township Supervisor (Rob Manigold), Clerk (Joanne Westphal), Treasurer (Brad Bickle) and Trustees (Margaret Achorn, Maura Sanders, Warren Wahl and Isaiah Wunsch) are on the ballot, but were all decided with the August 2 primary election.

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However, there is still a race with the Park Commission candidates. Seven people are up for five positions on the Peninsula Township Park Commission, including:

  • Jon Andrus, Republican
  • Gary W. Cornell, Republican
  • Michael J. Skurski, Republican
  • Anne Griffiths, Democratic
  • John Snow, Democratic
  • Marilyn Elliott, No Party Affiliation
  • Susan Shipman, No Party Affiliation

Six people are running for the six positions on the Peninsula Community Library Board:

  • Carol A. Butcher
  • Donna Hornberger
  • Doug Kosch
  • Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer
  • Nikoletta Sobkowski
  • Barbara Wunsch

There are also two proposals on the Peninsula Township ballot for Grand Traverse County, including:

LOCAL STREETS, ROADS, HIGHWAYS, AND BRIDGES REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT – MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

This proposal is for the purpose of renewing the previously authorized Local Streets, Roads, Highways, and Bridges Repair and Improvement Millage in the same amount of 1 mill beginning with the December 2016 tax levy for repair and improvement of streets, roads, highways, and bridges within Grand Traverse County.

Shall the previously voted increase in the tax limitation on the total amount of taxes that may be levied against all taxable property within Grand Traverse County of up to and including 1 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) be renewed in the amount of up to and including 1 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for 4 years, beginning 2016 through 2019, inclusive, on all taxable property within Grand Traverse County for the purpose of repair and improvement of streets, roads, highways, and bridges within Grand Traverse County? If approved and levied in full, the renewal millage will generate an estimated $4,620,529 in revenue to be disbursed to the Grand Traverse County Road Commission, the City of Traverse City, the Village of Kingsley, and the Village of Fife Lake for road, street, highway, and bridge repairs and improvements when first levied in 2016.

By law, tax increment revenues from this millage will be distributed to governmental units within Grand Traverse County that are entitled to receive a portion of this millage, which are the City of Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, Grand Traverse County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Grand Traverse County Land Bank Authority, Village of Kingsley Downtown Development Authority, Village of Fife Lake Downtown Development Authority, and Interlochen Downtown Development Authority. Shall the proposal be adopted?

VETERANS MILLAGE – VETERANS AFFAIRS MILLAGE

Shall the 15 mill tax limitation on general ad valorem taxes within Grand Traverse County be increased as provided by Article IX, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Michigan, and the County of Grand Traverse be authorized to levy up to .12 mills (12.0 cents per $1,000 taxable value) for a period of six years (2016-2021, inclusively), on all taxable property within Grand Traverse County for the purpose of operating a county Department of Veterans’ Affairs which will provide support and assistance to veterans residing in Grand Traverse County, which increase shall raise in the first year of the levy, if fully captured, an estimated $563,000.

By law, tax increment revenues from this millage will be distributed to governmental units within Grand Traverse County that capture property taxes, which are the City of Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, Grand Traverse County Brownfield Authority, Village of Kingsley Downtown Development Authority, Village of Fife Lake Downtown Development Authority and Interlochen Downtown Development Authority.

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