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Several proposals fill Tuesday’s primary ballot

Published 5:51pm Thursday, August 2, 2012

Berrien County voters will decide the fate of several ballot proposals Tuesday, including one affecting funding for county law enforcement and public safety.

Voters are being asked to renew a .35 mill (35 cents per $1,000 taxable value) for county law enforcement and public safety, first approved in 1982. The four-year mill would generate and estimated $2.4 million in its first year in support of drug enforcement, education and treatment.

Another ballot proposal is asking taxpayers to shell out a little more to aid the expansion of the county’s 911 emergency dispatch system. The proposal would raise the 911 millage from .25 mill to .45 mill for the next four years and produce an estimated $3.1 million in its first year.

Voters are also being asked to renew and levy up to .50 mills on all taxable property in Niles for the purpose of providing public transportation, including the operation of Dial-A-Ride Transportation bus system. The mill would be levied in 2013 and 2014. It would not apply against the authorized 20-mill limit for assessed value of real and personal property in Niles.

Also up for renewal is a mill allowing for the continued operation of seven county senior centers. It is a 0.3 mill good for four years and expected to generate about $2 million in its first year.

Dowagiac Union Schools is seeking a bond of $19.9 million to pay for several projects, including an addition to the high school, remodeling of the middle school, technology improvements and improvements to athletic fields and facilities. The bond would cost an estimated 2.35 mills. The bond affects the counties of Cass, Van Buren and Berrien.

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