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November Election Guide for Chesterfield, New Baltimore

Residents will cast their votes for president and local candidates Nov. 6 during the general election.

Residents will take to the polls Nov. 6 to cast ballots for the next president of the United States. And, while their exercising their voting rights, they will also decipher what local ballot proposals and candidates should move ahead.

Chesterfield Township Races

Supervisor: Incumbent Michael Lovelock, a Democrat, is running again for the top-elected position in the community. After an unsuccessful write-in attempt by Township Senior Center Coordinator Carol Rose, a Republican, another candidate has joined the race. Resident Joe Miller who filed under no party affiliation is seeking the seat.

Clerk: Republican Cindy Berry and incumbent Clerk Jan Uglis have their names in the hat for the seat.

Treasurer: Republican Kathy Elliott and Democrat Linda Hartman, who currently serves the position are vying for the position.

Trustees: Four trustee seats will be filled on the board. The candidates hoping to secure seats are: Henry Anderson, incumbent Brian Scott DeMuynck, Cyndi Gagleard, David M. Joseph, incumbent Christine Bell, John Grivas, Keith Nelson and Tom Scott.

State Rep., 32nd District

Republican candidate and incumbent Andrea LaFontaine and Democrat challenger Sheri Smith are seeking the seat.

Congressional Rep., 10th District

Republican incumbent Candice Miller, Democrat Chuck Stadler and Libertarian Bhagwan Dashairya are running for the seat.

Anchor Bay School District

Anchor Bay School Board: Two candidates will be chosen for a six-year term: Diane Caldwell, G. Rowena LenHausen and Terri Villiancourt.

Chesterfield Library Board

Library Board of Directors: Six seats will be filled on the board. The candidates are: Murney R. Bell, Loraine DeMuynck, Kermit Harris, Michael A. Miller, Ralph Musilli, Alan D. Naldrett and Dorothy Stabile.

Macomb County Races

Several of the county candidates debated recently in Chesterfield Township.

  • Prosecutor: Incumbent Eric Smith, a Democrat, and challenger Michael Wrathell, a Republican.
  • Sheriff: Incumbent Anthony Wickersham, a Democrat; Republican Steve Thomas and Libertarian Scott W. Allen.
  • Clerk and Register of Deeds: Incumbent Carmella Sabaugh, a Democrat, and Republican Debera Guenther.
  • Treasurer: Incumbent Ted Wahby, a Democrat, and Republican Larry Rocca.
  • County Commissioner, 8th District: Incumbent Kathy Vosburg, a Republican, and Jeff DiPascale, a Democrat.

Local Ballot Proposals:

Chesterfield Police Tax Proposal

The ballot language for the police tax proposal is:

Increase of Special Assessment Millage for Police Protection

"Shall the limitation on the annual assessment on all lands and premises in the Charter Township of Chesterfield, Macomb County, Michigan, which comprise a special assessment district previously-approved by the electors pursuant to 33 PA 1951, as amended, be increased from a sum not to exceed five ($5.00) dollars for each $1,000.00 of taxable value of such property to a sum not to exceed seven and one-half ($7.50) dollars for each $1,000.00 of taxable value, for the purpose of providing police protection by the Chesterfield Police Department, purchasing police motor vehicles, apparatus, equipment and providing housing for the same? The estimated revenue to be collected in the first year that the millage is increased and levied is $9,756,403.79. This proposed millage is an increase of 2.5 mills from a previously authorized 5.0 mills."

Chesterfield Fire Tax Proposals

The ballot language for the fire millages are:

Renewal and Increase of Millage for Fire Protection:   

"Shall the constitutional limitation upon the total amount of taxes which may be levied on all taxable real and personal property in the  Charter Township of Chesterfield, Macomb County, Michigan be increased by two and three-quarter (2.75) mills for each one ($1.00) dollar ($2.75 for each $1,000.00) of the taxable value of such property, as finally equalized, pursuant to 33 PA 1951, as amended, for a period of twenty (20) years commencing 2014 through 2033, inclusive, for the operation of the Chesterfield Fire Department? The estimated revenue to be collected in the first year that the millage is authorized and levied is $3,869,191.15. The previously authorized millages of 2.0 mills will expire in 2013. The proposed millage is a renewal of the previously authorized millages of 2.0 mills and a new additional millage of three-quarter (0.75) mills."

Renewal of Millage for Fire Equipment, Apparatus and Housing 

"Shall the constitutional limitation upon the total amount of taxes which may be levied on all taxable real and personal property in the  Charter Township of Chesterfield, Macomb County, Michigan be increased by one-half (0.5) mill for each one ($1.00) dollar ($0.50 for each $1,000.00) of the taxable value of such property, as finally equalized, pursuant to 33 PA 1951, as amended, for a period of twenty (20) years commencing 2014 through 2033, inclusive, for the purchase, rental, repair and maintenance of fire department equipment, apparatus and housing? The estimated revenue to be collected in the first year that the millage is authorized and levied is $703,489.30. The proposed millage is a renewal of a previously authorized millage and does not constitute new additional millage."

Macomb Community College

MCC Facilities and Technology Bond Proposal

"Shall the Community College District of the County of Macomb, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Fifty-Six Million ($56,000,000) Dollars and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefore, in one or more series for the purpose of paying for the cost of the following:   ·          

  • Acquiring, installing, equipping and re-equipping college buildings, sites and facilities with new technology equipment and systems; Remodeling, re-equipping and re-furbishing college buildings, sites and infrastructure? 

The estimated millage that will be levied to pay the proposed bonds in the first year is .15 mills ($.15 per $1,000 of taxable value). The maximum number of years of each series of the proposed series of bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of refunding, is not more than ten (10) years; and the estimated simple average annual millage that will be required to retire each of the proposed series of bonds is .19 mills annually ($.19 per $1,000 of taxable value). (Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for administrator or employee salaries, repair or maintenance costs or other operating expenses.)

See the complete ballot for Chesterfield and New Baltimore voters attached to this article. And, for more information about the general election, visit Macomb County Election Department website.

Maximus Max November 04, 2012 at 04:55 PM
NO! NO! NO on ALL tax increases!
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:11 AM
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