Gratiot Ballot Language

Background and Summary

MSU Extension is funded by a unique partnership with federal, state, and local governments in order to successfully meet the needs of Michigan communities. Gratiot County government has asked their constituents to fund the county portion of the partnership through a millage on the August 7 ballot.

A YES vote means that the average homeowner will pay less than $25 a year in taxes to fund MSU Extension.

A NO vote means that MSU Extension will not receive funding.

Gratiot Ballot Language

Gratiot County Agricultural and Economic Development Millage Proposal

For the purpose of providing funds to promote agriculture, industry, trade, and tourism interests, and industry, commerce or agriculture economic activities in Gratiot County, including the MSU Extension Services and its 4-H Programs, and the Economic Development Corporation for Gratiot County; shall the Constitutional limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution upon the total amount of taxes which may be assessed in one (1) year upon all property within the County of Gratiot, Michigan, be increased, and shall the County be authorized to levy, up to 0.5000 mill ($0.50 per $1,000 of Taxable Value) for a period of four (4) years, 2018 through 2021, inclusive?

If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $656,230 for agricultural and economic development purposes in the first calendar year of the levy based on taxable value. Funds may be distributed to the MSU Extension Services and its 4-H programs, and the Economic Development Corporation for Gratiot County pursuant to contract. As required by State law, a small portion of the millage may be captured by the Downtown Development Authority of the City of St. Louis; and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities of Gratiot County, the Cities of Alma and St. Louis, the Village of Ashley, and the Township of Elba.