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Houghton County millages pass

HOUGHTON — Houghton County voters approved all millage renewals on the ballot by wide margins Tuesday.

County turnout was light, with 13.55% of registered voters casting ballots.

The only county-wide measure was the renewal of the operating millage for Canal View — Houghton County. That passed 2,835 (79.8%) to 718 (20.2). The four-year millage is 2.25 mills, down from the 2.55 mills approved by voters four years.

On its website, Canal View said the decrease in the millage request — the largest the county facility made since 1966 — was due to increased revenues from property taxes.

In local millages:

– Hancock’s recreation millage passed 361 (78.8%) to 97 (22.2%).

– Hubbell’s fire millage passed 65 (67%) to 32 (33%). The 2-mill, 10-year renewal will be used for hydrant lines, modifications to the fire station, the purchase of new fire equipment, and potentially a truck for Hubbell Fire District 1.

– Calumet’s street millage passed 60 (66.7%) to 30 (33.3%). The 3-mill, five-year renewal for general operation and maintenance expense includes snow removal equipment and street repair.

– Laurium’s millage renewal passed 187 (85.4%) to 32 (14.6%). The 2.5 mills — a 2.4905-mill renewal packaged with a 0.995-mill increase — over four years will pay for purchasing or upgrading Department of Public Works equipment.

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