911, senior millage renewals pass easily

By Pat Maurer

The unofficial election results are in and the Clare County Sheriff’s Department and Senior Services Department can breathe a little easier.

Both millage renewals passed in the primary election Tuesday.

Just 7.25 percent of Clare County’s registered voters went to the polls, 1,686 of the
23,239 registered in the county.

The Senior Citizens Services millage renewal, .48 mills for an additional five years from 2014 through 2018, was approved by 77.67 percent of voters: 1,304 to 375. This is the fourth time the millage has been approved. It was previously approved by voters in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

The Senior millage will raise approximately $493,472 for the county-wide services in the first of the five years.
The 911 Central Dispatch millage, a renewal request of .350 mills for an additional five years, was approved by 72 percent of county voters with the unofficial count at 1,206 yes to 469 no votes.

The renewal will raise $359,823 in the first year of the county-wide levy for operational funds for the emergency dispatch system, first approved in 2004 and renewed in 2008. The funds raised are used for equipment and operations of the dispatch system, which provides the service to five fire department and four police departments for emergency (accident, rescue and fire) response, emergency weather notification. Sheriff John Wilson had said that if the renewal had not passed the Sheriff’s Department would have faced extensive cuts in road patrol in order to keep the dispatch department running.

In the two townships asking for road millage, one passed and the other failed by just six votes.

Nearly 72 percent of Greenwood residents approved a ten-year renewal of two mills for road construction and improvements by a 61-24 vote. The millage will raise just over $86,000 in the first year.

Hamilton Township voters turned down a request for two mills for road in a 69 to 63 vote, with nearly 48 percent voting yes and just over 52 percent against the request, which would have added $120,000 to their funds for road improvements and maintenance.
A five-year 18 mill renewal of the Marion School’s operating millage passed in Redding/Winterfield Townships 48 to 24. In the whole district the renewal of the non-homestead levy passed 274 to 51.

Winterfield Township voters also passed the 18 mill non-homestead levy for McBain Schools with 100 percent approval. Of the two votes cast in precinct 1B, both were in favor. In the whole school district, with just approximately six percent of registered voters casting a ballot, the renewal for one more year passed 158 to 80.

All election results are unofficial until they are verified by the board of canvassers.

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