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State General
11/6/2018
Charlevoix County, Michigan
Melrose Township, Precinct 10
General Information
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  • Information for some local candidates and proposals may not be available.
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Website Link Information
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PROPOSAL SECTION
STATE PROPOSALS
18-1
A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers
This proposal would:
·      Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.
·      Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces be secured in locked containers.
·      Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.
·      Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10% tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.
·      Change several current violations from crimes to civil infractions.
Should this proposal be adopted?
18-2
A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years
This proposed constitutional amendment would:
·      Create a commission of 13 registered voters randomly selected by the Secretary of State:
    – 4 each who self-identify as affiliated with the 2 major political parties; and
    – 5 who self-identify as unaffiliated with major political parties
·      Prohibit partisan officeholders and candidates, their employees, certain relatives, and lobbyists from serving as commissioners
·      Establish new redistricting criteria including geographically compact and contiguous districts of equal population, reflecting Michigan’s diverse population and communities of interest. Districts shall not provide disproportionate advantage to political parties or candidates.
·      Require an appropriation of funds for commission operations and commissioner compensation.
Should this proposal be adopted?
18-3
A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and post-election audits to the Michigan Constitution
This proposed constitutional amendment would allow a United States citizen who is qualified to vote in Michigan to:
·      Become automatically registered to vote when applying for, updating or renewing a driver’s license or state-issued personal identification card, unless the person declines.
·      Simultaneously register to vote with proof of residency and obtain a ballot during the 2-week period prior to an election, up to and including Election Day.
·      Obtain an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
·      Cast a straight-ticket vote for all candidates of a particular political party when voting in a partisan general election.
Should this proposal be adopted?
COUNTY PROPOSALS
Emergency Services Radio Millage Proposal
This proposal will permit the County to levy up to .5 mills for the purpose of providing funds to pay its share of the costs of the radio equipment upgrade for use by the CCE 911 Central DispatchAuthority (CCE) and the emergency service providers within the county in the years 2018-2020inclusive.
Shall the tax limitation imposed under Article IXSection 6 of the Michigan Constitution on the amount of ad valorem taxes which may be levied by the County of CharlevoixState of Michigan,against taxable property in the County be increased by up to .5 mills ($.50 per $1,000 of taxable valuefor a period of three (3) years2018 through 2020, inclusivefor the purpose of providingCharlevoix Countys share of the funds needed by the CCE 911 Central Dispatch Authority (CCE) to purchaseinstall, maintainand replace upgraded radio equipment for use by CCE and emergency service providers within Charlevoix Countyand shall the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners be authorized to levy such millage for these purposes?  If approved and levied in its entirety, this millage would raise an estimated $1,074,742 for Charlevoix County in 2018.
LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSALS
Public Schools Of Petoskey Operating Millage Proposal
This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance. The remaining 3 mills are only available to be levied to restore millage lost as a reduction required by the “Headlee” amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will only be levied to the extent necessary to restore that reduction.
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in the Public Schools of Petoskey, Emmet and Charlevoix Counties, Michigan, be increased by 21 mills ($21.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 8 years, 2019 to 2026, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2019 is approximately $15,638,042?
Public Schools Of Petoskey Sinking Fund Millage Proposal
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the Public Schools of Petoskey, Emmet and Charlevoix Counties, Michigan, be increased by and the board of education be authorized to levy not to exceed 1.5 mills ($1.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 8 years, 2019 to 2026, inclusive, to create a sinking fund for the purchase of real estate for sites for and the construction or repair of school buildings, for school security improvements, for the acquisition or upgrading of technology 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 2019 is approximately $2,275,114?
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