- Associated Press - Monday, November 3, 2014

ACME TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A group of residents in a northern Lower Peninsula township is asking voters to approve a ballot initiative supporting the farmland preservation.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1vCa8f2 ) a four-member committee and about 20 supporters are promoting the renewal of a farmland millage in Tuesday’s election in Grand Traverse County’s Acme Township, east of Traverse City. The proposal seeks a .73 mill property tax over 10 years.

Friends of Acme Farmland chairman John Zaloudek says funding from the tax would generate about $8.4 million over 10 years. The township would purchase local farmers’ development rights to prevent the land from being used for residential or commercial purposes.

Zaloudek says about five farmers have participated in the program since 2004 and eight landowners with 13 farms want to participate if the renewal passes.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com

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