03/29/2018–Menominee County voters could see two millage requests on ballots later this year. The board approved a request by the Community Action Agency to put the question of renewing their .6 of a mill assessment for 10 years. The millage covers the agency’s senior services programs, including the senior centers and meal on wheels. The current millage runs through 2019, so the 10 year renewal, if approved, would start in 2020. The question will be on the August 7th ballot.
The board also heard from representatives of the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers which is considering asking for a millage to cover their operations losses and capital needs. Pinecrest is jointly owned by Menominee, Delta, and Dickinson Counties, and any millage would have to be approved by the voters of all three counties to take effect. Pinecrest is projecting an $800,000 loss in operations in their next budget due to low census and collections problems. They also are looking at needed repairs to the building, windows and roof among other projects. They are estimating they need $500,000 from each county. At this point they are seeking a letter of support from the county board. They already have received that letter from the other two counties. They would then work on the details of their request.
Commissioner Charlie Meintz says he’s totally opposed to a millage, (which he says puts for-profit nursing homes in the position of paying taxes to support their non-profit competitor).
Other commissioners also had questions and asked the Administrator to contact his counterparts in the other counties to see where they stand. Action on the request for a letter of support will be taken up at the board’s next meeting.