This proposal will allow Ely Township to join the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority, an organization formed to construct and maintain the Iron Ore Heritage Trail (IOHT) by levying up to 0.20 mills. The IOHT will be a year-round, multi-use, 48-mile interpretive trail system which will preserve and interpret mining sites, structures and stories of the Marquette Iron Range from Republic Township to Chocolay Township. Recreational users will include walkers, runners, bikers, inline skaters, equestrians, ORV's less than 65" in width, skiers and snowmobilers. All monies collected will be used in construction, management and maintenace of the trail system.
For the construction, management and maintenance of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, shall the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority be authorized to levy up to 0.20 mills (20 cents for $1,000.00 on state taxable value on real and taxable personal property) for a period of six years, 2013 to 2018, both years inclusive, on all taxable property within the Township of Ely? The Township of Ely's share will be approximately $9800 in the first year.