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Living in Benzie County

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Demographics

Benzie County is the smallest county in Michigan at only 361 square miles, located in the Northwest Lower Peninsula.  Our area is rich in natural resources with over 57 inland lakes, rivers, forests and areas of productive farmland.  Over 36% of Benzie County is publicly owned State and Federal land, including the Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore, Platte River State Fish Hatchery & Weir and the Historic Point Betsie Lighthouse.

 

Locally Networks Northwest compiles data for Benzie County and the surrounding 10-County region:

https://www.networksnorthwest.org/data/regional-data/county-dashboards/county-dashboard-benzie.html

Units of Government

Polling Places

ALMIRA TOWNSHIP
Township Hall
7276 Old White Drive
Lake Ann, MI  49650

CRYSTAL LAKE TOWNSHIP
Township Hall
1651 Frankfort Hwy
Frankfort, MI  49635

JOYFIELD TOWNSHIP
Township Hall
5940 Benzie Hwy
Benzonia, MI  49616

CITY OF FRANKFORT
City Hall
412 Main Street
Frankfort, MI  49635

BENZONIA TOWNSHIP
Township Hall
1020 Michigan Ave.
Benzonia, MI  49616

GILMORE TOWNSHIP
Elberta Community Center
401 First Street
Elberta, MI  49628

LAKE TOWNSHIP
Township Hall
5153 Scenic Hwy
Honor, MI  49640

BLAINE TOWNSHIP
Township Hall
4760 Herring Grove Rd.
Arcadia, MI  49613

HOMESTEAD TOWNSHIP
Township Hall
11508 Honor Hwy
Honor, MI  49640

PLATTE TOWNSHIP
Township Hall
11935 Fowler Rd.
Honor, MI  49640

COLFAX TOWNSHIP
Township Hall
7607 Michigan Ave.
Thompsonville, MI  49683

INLAND TOWNSHIP
Township Hall
19668 Honor Hwy
Interlochen, MI  49643

WELDON TOWNSHIP
Township Hall
147 Thompson Ave.
Thompsonville, MI  49683

2021 Ballot Topics

Benzonia Township Bond Proposition 

Shall the Township of Benzonia, County of Benzie, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($3,500,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited Tax Bonds therefor in one or more series for the purpose of constructing, furnishing and equipping a new Fire/Medical First Responder Station and Township Offices Project located at 2717 Benzie Highway; including, parking, landscaping, access roadways and other appurtenances?

The maximum number of years this series of bonds may be outstanding is not more than twenty (20) years.  The estimated millage in the first year of the levy to repay the bonds is 0.8605 mills and the simple average annual millage over the life of the bonds is 0.7296 mills.

 

Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools

2021 Bond Proposal

 

City of Frankfort - Council Seats

Voters will be voting for three Frankfort City Council seats. Candidates are:

Karen L. Cunningham
JoAnn Holwerda (I)
Brady Olsen
Nancy Reid
Leslie Roach
MacKenzie Wilkins

Libraries

Benzie County is home to four accredited libraries.  You can find meeting spaces, computer labs, and great programs along with thousands of books & movies.

Parks

Benzie County is home to many National, State and Local Parks & Recreation facilities.  These parks range from rustic amenities to full-service facilities.  Remember to be good stewards and leave them nicer than you found them.

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