John Joyce elected as Evart mayor

November 8, 2018

By John Raffel

City of Evart voters made various decisions on key candidates and issues in Tuesday’s election.

For Evart mayor, John Joyce won with 254 votes over Karen Higgins (117) and Kevinn Beemer (105). For city clerk, incumbent Heather Pattee received 297 votes compared to 186 for Kathryn Bradley. Sandra Szeliga (316) and Dan Elliott (276) were running for two open spots on the council.

The Evart school district had five candidates running for two spots. Incumbent Alan Bengry (1,382) took first, followed by Kelly H. Whitman (799). Brad VanBuren (781), Jeffrey Jackson (503) and Mark W. Sochocki (435).

Evart voters decided on four proposals, including three other amendments.

The first proposal was to change the Evart city clerk from an elected position by city electors to an appointed position appointed by the council and to take effect November 2020 or when a vacancy for that office occurs, whichever occurs first.
The proposal failed 342-156.

The second proposal was to amend the charter to change the number of regular meetings per month from a least twice to a least once. It failed 255-239.

Evart voters were asked for a charter amendment proposal to change the date for the final payment of city taxes prior to late penalty from Aug. 10 to Sept. 15 of each year. It passed 352-144.

There was also a proposal to levy 1.8 mills from 2019 to 2022 for defraying, in part, the cost of current operations of the Evart Police Department. The proposal said the estimated revenue to be collected in the first year, Dec. 2019 is estimated to be $53,178.24 based on the 2018 taxable valuation. It was noted the millage is not a renewal but replaces the current approved public safety millage, which levies 1.8 mills and which expires Dec. 31.

The proposal passed 294-207.

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