Evart residents to decide mayor, clerk and public safety millage

EVART — City of Evart voters will have many things to consider on Election Day.

Residents will help determine dozens of races for state and county offices, state and area judgeships and three ballot proposals on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Residents also will determine who they want to help lead the city council for the next couple of years.

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Mayor Casey Keysor is not running for reelection, leaving the two-year term up for grabs. Residents Kevinn Beemer, Karen Higgins and incumbent city council member John Joyce are running for Keysor’s seat. Acting as the chairman of the city council, the mayor also serves on other committees and other boards.

Voters also will be asked to choose between incumbent Heather Pattee and Kathryn Bradley to serve as the city clerk. The clerk’s position is a two-year term, and is responsible for recording discussion and action of the city council, among other tasks

Residents also will be asked to determine a public safety millage. Voters first approved a public safety millage in 2014. The amount of the millage requested in November has not been increased, but the language is updated to exclude the Evart Area Fire Department as part of its request, according to Evart Police Chief John Beam.

A town hall meeting to address questions and concerns about the public safety millage is set for 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Evart Depot, 200 S. Main St.

The public safety millage request is worded:

“Shall the City of Evart be authorized to levy 1.8 Mills ($1.80 per $1,000 of taxable value) from 2019 to 2222, inclusive, a period of four (4) years, for the purpose of defraying, in part, the cost of current operations of the Evart Police Department. The estimated revenue that will be collected in teh first year, December 2019, is estimated to be $53,178.24 based on the 2018 taxable valuation. The millage is not a renewal but will replace the current approved public safety millage which levies 1.8 Mills, which expires 12-31-2018?”

For further information about the public safety millage, residents are asked to contact Beam at (231) 734-5911 or by email atjohn.beam@evart.org.

Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Posted by Brandon Fountain

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