Millage

On August 2, 2022, Osceola County residents will be asked to consider a new MSU Extension millage. The request of up to 0.25 mils will provide continued funding for MSU Extension educational programming and services in Osceola County.

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On August 2, 2022, Osceola County residents will be asked to consider a new Michigan State University Extension millage. The request of up to 0.25 mils will provide continued funding for MSU Extension educational programming and services in Osceola County.

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How much will the millage cost me?

The millage will cost the homeowner $0.00025 for every $1,000 of taxable home value. For example, if you own a $100,000 home, you’ll invest $12.50 per year in taxes to support the educational programming MSU Extension provides 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 Osceola County residents will continue to fund MSU Extension programs in your communities.

A “no” vote means that there will be no county funding to match and secure the university’s investment in the century-long partnership that has brought 4-H and the family well-being, gardening, agriculture and environmental educational programs that have benefitted Osceola County.

What does Osceola County MSU Extension do for me?

MSU Extension programs can empower everyday family goals, improve business practices, support sustainable community building for you, your family and your community.

How does Osceola County funding for MSU Extension work?

MSU Extension is funded by a unique partnership with federal, state and county governments that combine resources to meet the needs of Michigan communities. The Osceola County government has asked their constituents to fund the county portion of the MSU Extension partnership by supporting the millage proposal on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

What does the ballot language say?

OSCEOLA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ELECTION FOR A MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION AND 4-H MILLAGE SERVES PROPOSAL AND CERTIFYING BALLOT LANGUAGE

WHEREAS, the Michigan State University Extension provides valuable services to Osceola County residents in the form of 4-H youth development, agriculture and agribusiness, health and nutrition, home horticulture, finance and homeownership, natural resources and other community education programs and

WHEREAS, steadily decreasing revenues have severely limited the County’s ability to support these programs and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners seeks to have the voters of the county determine whether or not they desire to raise funds for the purpose of sustaining 4-H youth development and other community education programs through MSU Extension by approving a millage up to 0.25 of one (1) mil for a period of four (4) years, 2022 through 2025, inclusive.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the following proposal be submitted to the qualified voters of the County of Osceola on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, in the state primary election:

COUNTY OF OSCEOLA

COUNTY MILLAGE FOR MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION AND 4-H SERVICES

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 Osceola County, shall the limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Osceola County be increased by up to 0.2500 mill ($0.2500 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) and be levied for a period of four (4) years, 2022 through 2025, inclusive?

If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $199,390 for Michigan State University Extension services in the first calendar year of the levy, based on state taxable valuation. As required by law, a small portion of the millage may also be disbursed to the Downtown Development Authorities of the City of Evart and Richmond Township.

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How do I learn more about what MSU Extension offers me and my family?

You can read the Osceola County MSU Extension Millage Fact sheet or visit the Osceola County MSU Extension website to learn about the programs, events and resources provided to you by MSU Extension.