2009-02-14 / Top News

Council, School Board Incumbents To Face Challengers

By Karen Gould

Two incumbents on both the Mackinac Island City Council and the Board of Education will face challengers for their seats in the Tuesday, May 5, election. Uncontested are incumbents holding the city government seats of mayor, clerk, treasurer, assessor, and city supervisor. Also on the May ballot will be a proposal for a 7.4 operating millage for Mackinac Island Public Schools.

City Council incumbents Frank Bloswick, Jr. and Michael Hart will vie for two seats on city council, challenged by Sam Barnwell. Council terms are for three years and council members are paid $35 for each council meeting they attend. They are not paid to attend committee meetings, although council members are appointed to specific committees each year. The appointments are made by the mayor.

School board incumbents Jason St. Onge and Leanne Brodeur will face challenger Erin Bagbey Beck for two seats on the board. School board terms are for four years. Members are paid $35 for each board meeting and are not paid for committee meetings.

The Board of Education is asking for a renewal of a fiveyear, 7.4 mill operations levy. If passed, it would raise $1,223,216 in 2009.

Each mill will assess $1 for each $1,000 in taxable value of non-homestead property. Property assessed includes business and commercial property and second homes. The taxable value of a property is noted on tax bills and property assessment rolls.

The previous millage expired with the December tax bill and, over the five years term, it had been reduced to 7.1 mills.

Seeking her 34th term as mayor is Margaret Doud, who is unchallenged in the one-year position. Also running unopposed for one-year terms are Karen Lennard, who seeks her sixth term as city clerk, Rick Linn, who is running for his fifth term as treasurer, Ron Dufina seeks his 27th term as supervisor, and Robert Benser, who is running for his 11th year as assessor.

Voters have until Monday, April 6, to register for the election and absentee ballots are expected to be available at the city clerk's office beginning Wednesday, April 15.

When this article went to press Thursday, February 12, candidates still had until Friday, February 13, to withdraw their names from the ballot.

Profiles of those seeking office will appear in the April issue of the Town Crier.

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