County Voters to Decide on Mecosta Osceola Transit Authority Proposals

November 4, 2019

By John Raffel

It will be a light election for Osceola County voters on Tuesday.

All eligible voters can decide on a Mecosta-Osceola Transit authority millage proposal.

The ballot for the proposal states the following:

“Shall the Mecosta-Osceola Transit Authority, Counties of Mecosta and Osceola, Michigan, be authorized to levy a new additional millage in an amount not to exceed .5 mill ($.50 on each $1,000 of taxable value) against all taxable property within the Mecosta County Transit Authority limits (the Jurisdictional limits of Mecosta County and Osceola County, except for the territory located in the corporate limits of the City of Big Rapids) for a period of five years, 2019 to 2023, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for all transportation authority purposes permitted by law, including all capital and operating expenses?

“The estimate of the revenue the Mecosta-Osceola Transit Authority will collect if the millage is approved and levied by the Mecosta Osceola Transit Authority in the first year (2019) is approximately $986,000.”

Osceola County clerk Karen Bluhm said some county residents will vote on a bonding proposal in the McBain School District and some on a Chippewa Hills School District sinking fund millage proposal.

“All (county) ballots have the MOTA proposal, however in Orient (township) we also have some Chippewa Hills voters,” Bluhm said. “In Marion and Highland (townships), some voters will also see a McBain school proposal.”

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