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We hope you enjoy this abbreviated version of the

The Frankenmuth News

Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906

Vol. 111 No. 3  ~   In our 110th year!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Road, police millages on August 2 primary ballot 

  While the Republican and Democratic parties are finishing up their respective national conventions, the State of Michigan is gearing up for the Tuesday, August 2 primary election.
  Frankenmuth City Clerk Phil Kerns and Frankenmuth Township Clerk Luci Valone are thinking turnout will be in the high teens to low 20s in percentage.
  Locally, Frankenmuth Township has one race for trustee. Incumbent trustees Jeff Frahm and Tom Bierlein are seeking to keep their positions while challenger John Warnick is also seeking election. Two seats are available.
  Township Supervisor Tim Hildner, Clerk Luci Valone and Treasurer Kathy Marshall will not face opposition.
  The township is also seeking a road maintenance millage renewal, which has been in place for many years. It reads: “Shall the previously voted millage for  Frankenmuth Township, Saginaw County,  Michigan  of two (2) mills ($2.00 per one thousand dollars), to provide funds for road  maintenance and repair within the Township, which exceeds the 15-mill limitation  imposed under Article IX,  Section 6 of Michigan Constitution on General Valorem Taxes within Frankenmuth Township, be renewed at the two (2) mill rate for an additional four years,  from 2017-2021, which levy will raise in the first year of the levy the estimated sum of $192,400.00.”
  The Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department also faces critical times in the primary on two fronts.
  First, four persons are running for the sheriff’s office and all are running under the Democratic Party section.  There are no Republican candidates, which means the winner of the primary will become sheriff.
  Incumbent William L.  Federspiel will face Bill Gutzwiller (currently with the Frankenmuth Police Department), Brian D. Booker and Robert Karl.
  Secondly, a sheriff services millage is on the primary ballot, to raise funding for the department. It reads: “Shall the County of Saginaw, Michigan (��ounty”) impose an increase in its levy of general ad valorem taxes which may be imposed for all purposes upon real and personal property in the County, as  provided in Article 9, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, as amended, which will result in an increase of  up to 1.3394 mills ($1.3394 per $1,000) of  taxable valuation  of such property as finally equalized, for  levy in years 2016 through 2020, both inclusive, which increased  levy is  estimated to raise  up to $6,437,491.25 in the first year, for the purposes of county-wide law enforcement, road patrol services and continuing operations of the Saginaw County Sheriff Department and jail facility within Saginaw County.”
  The ballot has a caveat below the proposal, for voter informational purposes. That reads: “This proposal replaces the Saginaw County Sheriff Services millage, which levied 1.0000 mill from 2011 through 2015, and the Saginaw County Law Enforcement Road Patrol Millage, which levies up to 0.3394 mill and expires in 2016. If the proposal is approved, Saginaw County would not levy the last year of the Road Patrol millage, resulting in no overall increase in the combined levy of both former millages.”
  The ballot also has congressional, legislative and county positions listed, with few opposed races. There are no City of Frankenmuth proposals or races for Frankenmuth City Council. Those races, along with the election for the United States president, will be on the Tuesday, November 8 general election ballot.
  �use this is a primary election, in the Partisan section of the ballot, voters may only vote for Democratic or Republican candidates – no cross-over voting is allowed between parties for this election,” Kerns said.
  The city has over 3,900 registered voters and as of press time, well over 300 absentee ballot requests have been taken by Kerns.
  Absentee ballots are available up to August 1.  The Frankenmuth City Office will be open on Saturday, July 30, from 8:30am to 2pm for the purpose of accepting absentee voter applications and distributing absentee ballots.
  For Frankenmuth Township voters, contact Clerk Luci Valone at 652-3430, extension 184 and for Blumfield Township citizens, contact Clerk Lisa Roethlisberger at 652-2778, for their availability. 
  Voters picking up absentee ballots on August 1 must cast their ballots in the city clerk’s office.
  Voters can log onto the website to obtain a personalized copy of a ballot. The city’s website offers a virtual tour of the voting process at the city office. Visit 
   Voters may request an absentee ballot if they meet one of the following criteria: 1.  Are 60 years of age or older, 2. Expect to be absent from the community in which they are registered the entire time the polls are open on election day, 3. Are physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another, 4. Cannot attend the polls because of tenets of their religion, 5. Are a precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct in which they reside and 6. Cannot attend the polls because they are confined in jail, awaiting trial or arraignment.



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