The 6-year, 0.13-mill renewal request that will appear on the Aug. 4, 2020 ballot will provide continued funding for MSU Extension educational programs with a 100-year history in Clare County.

On August 4, 2020, Clare County residents will have the opportunity to vote on the MSU Extension Clare County millage. The 2020-2025 inclusive, 0.13-mill request will provide continued funding for MSU Extension educational programs such as:

  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Agriculture and Agribusiness
  • Child and Family Development
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Master Gardener Volunteer Program
  • Natural Resources


How much will the millage cost me?

The millage will cost a home owner $0.13 for every $1,000 of taxable home value. For example, if you own a $100,000 home ($50,000 taxable value or SEV), you’ll invest $6.50 a year in taxes to support MSU Extension's educational programs for you, your family and your community.

What does a "yes" vote mean and what does a "no" vote mean?

A YES vote means that homeowners will experience about a $6.50 per year tax for every $100,000 of home value to continue to fund MSU Extension programs. 

A NO vote means that there will not be county funding to match and secure the university's investment in the 100+ year partnership serving Clare County.

What can MSU Extension do for me?

We can empower your everyday goals, such as helping you grow your lawn or garden, try out meal ideas that are nutritious and budget friendly, learn how to manage stress, find educational and fun programs for your kids and more. We care about making your life and your community better.

Get started by exploring our upcoming events or by visiting the MSU Extension homepage to explore all the areas of our programming.

How does MSU Extension Clare County funding work?

MSU Extension is funded by a unique partnership with federal, state, and local governments in order to successfully meet the needs of Michigan communities. Clare County government has asked their constituents to fund the county portion of the partnership through a millage on the August 4, 2020 ballot.

What does the ballot language say?

For the purpose of sustaining 4-H youth development, agriculture, health and nutrition, horticulture, finance and homeownership, and other community education programs through Michigan State University Extension services within Clare County, shall the limitation imposed under Article IX, See 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Clare County be increased by up to 0.13 mill ($.13 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of six (6) years, 2020 through 2025, inclusive?

If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated additional $141,994.00 in the first calendar year of the levy, based on state taxable valuation.

If approved and levied, a portion of the millage monies raised in their respective jurisdictions may also be captured by the Downtown Development and Brownfield Authorities of the cities of Clare and Harrison, the Downtown Development Authority of the Village of Farwell, the Village of Farwell/Surrey Township Local Development Finance Authority, and the Clare County Land Bank Authority pursuant to state law.

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