Millage language approved by L’Anse School Board

L’ANSE — Members of the L’Anse Area Schools Board at Monday’s meeting approved language for the November ballot concerning millage.

The language is to renew the millage that would otherwise expire in 2019 and to be able restore to 18 mills after Headlee rollbacks, according to Superintendent Susan Tollefson.

A rollback is mandated by the Headlee amendment, which requires local governments to scale back their millages when property values increase faster than inflation, according to the Michigan Municipal League.

“This was a very small Headlee rollback that we had,” Tollefson said. The millage reduction because of the Headlee amendment was less than .06 mills.

The board also voted to only allow varsity teams with games on Monday to hold practice on Sundays, and only after 2 p.m.

“Sundays have always been left open for families,” Anne Koski, board treasurer, said.

A bid from MD Contracting was approved to run a sewer extension line to the new concession and bathroom building being built by Whitman Construction at the L’Anse football field.

It was the only bid received, and was reviewed by UP Engineers and Architects as appropriate. UP Engineers and Architects suggests only one bid was received because of extensive work going on in flood-damaged areas of Copper Country.