The August ballot for Alpena County voters is quickly becoming saturated with ballot issues.
To date three millage renewals will be before voters and a fourth is expected to be added before the filing deadline.
Already with the three, we're concerned as to their fate.
Millage requests to date include:
* Renewal of youth and recreation request for four years, 0.5 mill.
* Renewal of county ambulance services request for six years, 0.9720 mill.
* Renewal of older persons request for four years, 0.5394 mill. This millage also contains a separate request to restore a Headlee rollback to the millage, another 0.55 mill.
Not yet filed, but expected to join the group, is a veterans support request.
Elections that are crowded with millage requests concern us. As voters are experiencing increases in everything from water to gasoline, cable to groceries, there becomes a mindset with taxpayers that "enough is enough."
Even though these requests are renewals and even though each can be successfully argued as to their need, there comes a point when voters believe the only real power they hold in their possession regarding their economic future is at the polling place - where they control the purse strings.
Obviously millage proponents are confident their requests will be approved by voters, no matter how crowded the field becomes. A lot of important programming is at stake here, so we hope their confidence proves correct.