Commissioners move forward towards millage for Kaliseum

During a meeting Wednesday night, Kalkaska County Commissioners approved the estimated costs for repairs to the Kaliseum. (WPBN/Rachael Schuit)

KALKASKA COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Kalkaska County Commissioners met Wednesday night to discuss the future of the Kaliseum.

During the meeting that was held at the Kaliseum they approved the estimated costs for the repairs that need to be done on the facility and a document provided by their financial advisor that details what those would cost and how much they would need to ask for in a millage to fund those repairs.

The pool at the Kaliseum has been closed since September and the rest of the building is also in need of repairs.

Commissioners are hoping voters will approve a millage of 1.5 mils on the May ballot to fund the repairs.

If voters approve a millage request on the May ballot, more than $28 million will help with repairs, maintenance and other costs for the facility.

If the millage is approved it would last for about a 20 year period.

A resident with a house with a taxable value of $100,000 would pay about $150 a year for the millage.

People both in support of and against a millage attended Wednesday night's meeting.

"I just want to see the building brought up to premium status. It draws people to our community. It benefits our children," said Lynn Herbers, who is in support of a millage. "It benefits our adults, I know a lot of the women who come to swim here. I know the roller derby several of the roller derby people and they say without it their lives will be diminished."

"Right now I myself and the circle of friends that I go with here in the local area, we are against this because we're sick and tired of additional taxation. We've been paying taxes on a facility that's in deficit mode," said Arthur Caden, who is not in support of the millage right now.

Kohn Fisher, the chairman of the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners, says that their financial advisor, and legal and bond counsel will look at the language for the millage request over the next couple of days to make sure it's okay.

He says Wednesday night was an important night for the commissioners so that the language for the millage can be finalized.

"This would have been the last opportunity for the board to come together and have this completed so that we actually could take a vote on the proposed language on Monday evening. It becomes too late after today," said Kohn Fisher, the Chairman for the Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners will have to meet Monday, February 11 to approve the final millage language for the May ballot so that it can be submitted to the state of Michigan by the February 12 deadline.

Commissioners are also discussing getting a marketing firm to educate voters about the millage.

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