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

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County

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 LaBarresays 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

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