Welcome to Au Train Township!
Au Train Township has a population of 1,247, with about 60% being year round residents. This estimate is based on the 2000 Census and Voter Registration files. It's estimated that about 50% of our population is over the age of 40, most of which choose this area for retirement. We have three distinct areas in our Township: The Village of Au Train, The Village of Christmas and the 16 Mile Lake Area.
Contact information for Board Members, Fire Department, Zoning and Assessing can be found:
Looking for specific information?
You can click on the Documents link on the left to download ordinances, obtain information about purchasing a cemetery plot, find an application to vote absentee for upcoming elections, obtain copies of Township Board Minutes (2014-2016), download a Zoning Compliance Application and the Zoning Ordinance and download Forms and Information (Public Summary) on the new FOIA law that went into effect July 1, 2015.
If you have any questions, please call the Township Office at (906)892-8265. Please leave a message. We do not have specific office hours.
November General Election
Absent Voter Applications are available for the November 8th, General Election, please contact Clerk Mary Rogers at 906/892-8403 and leave your name and address. I will forward you an application. You may also click on the link below for a PDF application that you can fill out and send to the Clerk's office, PO Box 33, Au Train MI 49806.
Here is a direct link of the Application
General Fund Millage Request on the November ballot.
The Au Train Township Board authorized that the ballot language once again be placed on the ballot in the November.
*Proposition for Au Train Township to Fund General Operating Services
Shall Au Train Township levy annually, for the specific purpose of funding General Operating Services in Au Train Township, not more than 1 mill, ($1 for every $1,000 of taxable value. A property with a taxable value of $75,000 would be taxed $75.00 per year for the millage). Shall the limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be imposed on all taxable property within Au Train Township, be increased by said 1 mill, for a period of Five (5) years, 2016 to 2020, thereby raising an estimated $69,982.00 in the first year the levy? YES or NO*
It would cost the average taxpayer in Au Train Township approximately $75.00 per year
Au Train Township is one of only a few Townships in Upper Michigan that does not have a voted General Fund Millage. This millage is essential for the Board to continue to provide services to the taxpayers and residents of Au Train Township. The funds would be used to continue and enhance programs. We are considering a contract with the Alger County Sheriff Department to provide extra patrol services during the busy summer months, which is greatly needed, but costs money. The General Fund is also responsible for our yearly Membership Fee to the Alger Parks & Recreation Department, Street Lights, matching funds for grants, Cemetery maintenance and expansion, Salary for Board members including your Board of Review, Planning Commission, Assessor, Zoning Administrator and maintenance department. Maintenance, repair and utilities for the Au Train Township Hall, Insurance (currently over $11,000 per year alone), contract for services with the Alger Conservation District, CUPPAD and US Forest Service on improving canoe access to the Au Train River. We are also responsible for creating GIS mapping within the Township at a very high cost. The funds also pay for attorney fees and defense of litigation, postage, tax collection services and for the conduction of your Elections. We also contribute to the fireworks each year, and maintain a playground.
We are approached almost monthly to ask about a contract for services, partnerships for worthwhile programs and donations that would benefit all residents. We don't like turning these down, but right now the funds just are not available.
Please review your General Fund Budget (Documents > Budget Documents - 2016/2017) located on this site and see how your tax dollars are being spent. This millage is essential to maintain services in YOUR TOWNSHIP