DeWitt Public Schools has three board positions, tax renewal millage on Nov. 8 ballot

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By Chelsea Lee
Bath-Dewitt Connection staff writer

DEWITT, Mich.–Clinton County’s general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8th from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and includes several items that directly affect those in Dewitt township. Seven nominees are on the ballot to fill three school board member positions due to expire in 2012.

The names appearing on the ballot are: Clifford Flood, Denise Hamlett, Sarah Hartman, Craig S. Kahler, Thomas N. Mollitor, Douglas A. Vettraino and Janet Zielaskowski.

Also to be voted on is a Non-Homestead Tax Renewal proposal that would affect taxpayers owning non-residential land in the city.  If passed, the property tax rate would be restored to the maximum 18 mils.  The current rate is set at 17.5412 mils.  If the increase is approved by voters, the required per pupil allowance set by the state’s funding will be reached.

The proposal only affects those paying taxes on non-homestead property.  This includes rental homes, apartment buildings, vacation property, industrial and commercial property, and some vacant land.  Those owners will pay an additional $45.88 for every $100,000 taxable property than what they were previously paying annually.  Taxpayers with homestead property will not be affected by the mil increase.

If a city levies the maximum amount of mils, in this case 18, then a school district will receive the full allowance calculated per student.  In DeWitt, 18 mils will let the school collect $6,846 per student which ends up bringing in an additional $33,000, approximately.

To obtain an absentee voter application and ballot, come to the City Clerk’s office on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. located in City Hall, 414 E. Main St.

To get more information about absentee voting, to view a sample ballot and to find polling locations, visit the Clinton County website’s election page.  To find your personal voter registration status and how to use voting equipment, visit the Michigan government website.

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