Washtenaw County Public Safety And Mental Health Services Millage Up For Debate Tonight

Jul 12, 2017

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners (Top Row L to R: Ricky Jefferson and Kent Martinez-Kratz; Bottom Row L to R: Ruth Ann Jamnick, Michelle Deatrick, Felicia Brabec, Jason Morgan, Andy LaBarre, Alicia Ping, and Conan Smith)
Credit Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote tonight on language for a proposal for the November ballot.  

The board wants voters to approve a ten-year millage of one mill to generate funds for public safety and mental health services.  The county says both of these areas have been affected as a result of budget cuts at the state level.

County Commissioner Andy LaBarre says the funding would be distributed to certain groups.  

"38% for the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, 37% for community mental health, and 25% to be returned to our local jurisdictions with police departments."

The board tonight could choose to make changes to the millage proposal, but if approved, as is, it would generate over $15 million in the first year and would be an annual property tax of one dollar for every $1,000 of taxable value. 

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu