The Aug. 7 primary election this year has several choices for voters to make.
The county commission has two Republcans running in three of the seven districts, so voters will pick who will go on to the November ballot. There are also several millage issues to be decided.
Information on county,the City of Hastings and township offices, as well as the millage proposals, supplied by Barry County Clerk Pam Palmer, shows:
Barry County Commission
Of the seven county districts, 3, 5 and 6 have more than one candidate in the same party, so they will face off to determine who goes on the Nov. 6 ballot.
District 1: City of Hastings, part of Hastings Charter Township
(I)Howard “Hoot” Gibson R
Cathy Young Gramze D
District 2: Thornapple Township precincts 1 & 3; Yankee Springs Township, precinct 1
District 3: Barry, Hope townships and precinct 1 Rutland Charter Township
(I)David Jackson R
Joyce Snow R
District 4: Irving Township, parts of Carlton, Thornapple, Rutland townships
(I)Jon Smelker R
Samantha L. Jones D
District 5: Castleton, Woodland townships, Village of Nashville, parts of Hastings Charter, Carlton townships.
(I)Ben Geiger R
Ben Eastman D
Sharon Zebrowski R
District 6: Prairieville, Orangeville townships, precinct 2 in Yankee Springs Township
(I)Vivian Lee Conner R
Tonya DeVore Foreman D
Mark Doster R
District 7: Assyria, Johnstown, Baltimore townships, Maple Grove Township, excluding the Village of Nashville.
Hastings Charter Township, Timothy B. McNally is running for trustee.
Rutland Charter Township, Republicans Curt Cybulski, Gene D. Hall, and Matt Spencer are running for trustee.
Thornapple Township, Curtis Campbell is running for trustee.
Yankee Springs Township, Republicans Michael Boysen and Larry Knowles are running for trustee.
The City of Hastings:
(I)Brenda McNabb Stange
Barry Intermediate School District seeks an increase of 0.3785 mills for 10 years to permit continued levy of the maximum rate of 2.1875 mills for special education, estimated to raise $390,812.
Hastings Area School System requests .85 mills for 15 years for an $11.1 million bond request to pay for roofs, buses, and improvements in safety and security, technology, and athletic facilities.
Penfield School District asks approval of 18 mills on all property, except a principal residence, required for the school district to receive its per pupil foundation allowance from the state for six years for operations.
Penfield School District asks an additional 1 mill to the 18 mills for six years. The estimated revenue from the increase is zero. The mill is to restore millage that may be lost by a reduction required by the state Constitution and would be levied only to restore such a reduction.
Johnstown Township requests the renewal of 0.4967 mills for the years 2018-2021 and an increase of 0.0033mills to restore reductions under the Headlee amendment for a total of 0.50 mills for road projects in the township, raising an estimated $52,248 in the first year.
Johnstown Township asks for the renewal of 0.9933 mills for the years 2018-2021 and an increase of 0.0067 mills to restore reductions under the Headlee amendment for a total of 1 mill for fire protection in the township, raising an estimated $104,497 in the first year.
Hastings Charter Township seeks renewal of 1.5739 mills and an increase of .0261 mills for a total of 1.6 mills for 10 years to fund the Hastings Public Library. The millage is estimated to collect $135,000 in the first year.
Rutland Charter Township seeks 1.6 mills; renewal of 1.5480 mills, and new, additional millage of .0520, for 10 years to fund the Hastings Public Library, estimated to collect $231,233 in the first year.
Rutland Charter Township asks renewal of the decreased rate of 1.25 mills for fire protection for 10 years, raising an estimated $184,580.98 the first year.
Woodland Township seeks three millage proposals:
Proposal one is renewal of 2 mills for four years for village operations, raising an estimated $13,733.25, the first year;
Proposal two is renewal of 2 mills for four years for special village operations, raising an estimated $13,733.25 the first year
Proposal three is renewal of 2 mills for four years for park operations, raising an estimated $13,733.25 in the first year.
Yankee Springs Township asks voters to approve 0.75 mills for five years for township fire operations and emergency services, which would raise an estimated $252,893 in the first year.