Monroe County Historic Sites Levy Increase (August 2012)

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A Monroe County Historic Sites Levy Increase measure was on the August 7, 2012 ballot in Monroe County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 13,918 (56.85%)Approveda
  • NO 10,563 (43.15%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the current county tax by a rate of .1 mill for a period of ten years in order to help pay for historic sight operations and maintenance costs including the Monroe County Historical Museum, the Navarre-Anderson Trading Post and the Martha Barker Country Store. Officials noted the decrease in available funds for these facilities, the museum has undergone decreases in hours and loss of staff. At the commissioner's meeting which voted the tax onto the ballot, residents spoke in favor of the measure, though stating that more taxes were always hard, they hoped the historical sites would boost tourism for the county.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the tax rate limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6, of the Constitution of the State of Michigan of 1963, be increased by a total levy of up to 0.10 mills ($0.10 per $1,000.00 of taxable valuation, as finally equalized), upon the taxable real and tangible personal property within the County of Monroe, Michigan, for a period of ten (10) years, from 2012 through 2021, both inclusive, for the purpose of providing funding for maintenance, operations, staffing, capital improvements, and for general programs and County outreach programs and for possible grants, to further the preservation and display of historical artifacts in Monroe County, and for possible partnering with the federal or Michigan governments, all to best use the Museum and the County's historical artifacts, and to promote its programs, for the benefit of the citizens of Monroe County? The estimated revenue for the first year of the levy, if approved and levied in its entirety, shall be $560,500.00.[3][4]

Additional reading

References

  1. Monroe County Clerk, August Election Results
  2. Monroe News, "Applause greets decision to put museum levy on ballot," January 25, 2012 (dead link)
  3. Michigan Secretary of State, Public Ballot
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.