November 3 ballot to include renewal millage for GRA
Thu, 09/17/2020 - 3:36pm caleb
Grayling Recreation Authority seeking eight-year operating millage
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The November 3 general election ballot for Crawford County voters will feature a millage renewal proposal for Grayling Recreation Authority, the governing body for Hanson Hills Recreation Area.
Grayling Recreation Authority is seeking an eight-year renewal, a replacement of the 20-year operating millage that is expiring.
“It’s a renewal. That’s our operating millage,” said Justin Andre, Director of Operations for Grayling Recreation Authority. “This is the end of a 20-year millage.”
Andre said a 20-year renewal “is longer than normal” and GRA opted to go with a shorter millage this time.
“We’re not going for a 20-year; we’re going for an eight-year,” Andre said.
The millage is “0.4845 ($.4845 per $1,000 of taxable value” of “general ad valorem taxes” for “2021 through 2028 inclusive, for the purpose of maintaining recreational facilities and activities in Crawford County,” according to the ballot language.
“The amount of revenue the County will collect if the millage is approved and levied by the County in the first year is estimated to be $281,946. The proposed millage is a renewal of a previously authorized millage,” according to the proposal.
Hanson Hills offers a variety of outdoor recreation for area residents and visitors. During the spring, summer, and fall, Hanson Hills features a large trail system for hiking and cycling, a softball field, two disc golf courses, a playground, and a kids’ fishing pond. During the winter, Hanson Hills offers downhill skiing, cross country skiing, fat biking, and tubing.