The outcome of the municipal issues on Portage’s recent ballot


Nick Meyle, Staff Writer

Voters across the United States took to the polls Tuesday, Nov 5, to cast ballots on various candidates, proposals, and topics. While in Kentucky and Mississippi citizens voted for new governors and other state officials, here in Michigan there were mainly local municipal issues on the ballot. 

David Anderson, a current Kalamazoo City Commissioner, was elected to the position of Mayor of Kalamazoo, as well as two new people to the City Commission. In Portage, the position of Mayor and 3 City Council spots were up for election, however, they were uncontested, meaning that no one ran against the incumbents. 

Millages were also on the ballot for Portagers. A millage is a rate used to calculate property taxes. For example, if you own a house that is $100,000, and that house is assessed at a one millage tax rate, you’ll pay $100 in taxes. Proposed millages can increase or decrease that rate. 3 millages were on the ballot for Portage this year. One was a renewal of the Portage Public Schools millage originally passed by voters in 2017. The second was a Library millage, intended to increase funding for the Portage District Library. The third was a KRESA millage, intended to also increase funding for projects. All 3 of these were passed, albeit by differing percentages of yes and no votes. 

With the passage of these millages, highschoolers can expect to see much of the same, as the PPS one was a renewal. Library goers, however, will see improvements and changes at the Portage District Library. While nothing is official, the PDL has made it clear that these new funds will be used to overall enhance patron experience and programming, as well as fixes to the facility.