Missaukee eyes 911 surcharge

January 11, 2018

By John Raffel

Missaukee County is in the early stages of putting together a ballot proposal for a 9-1-1 surcharge.

Administrator Patricia Garland made the proposal at the county’s finance committee meeting last week.

The county presently assesses a $0.42 cent monthly surcharge for 9-1-1 for all phone users in Missaukee County. It was pointed out at the committee meeting anything above $0.42 has to be approved by a vote of the county citizens. The surcharge can be up to $3 per month, per user. It’s estimated a $3 surcharge would generate $257,140 annually. That funding would allow current operating costs of the 9-1-1 operating fund to be fully covered, and would provide approximately $155,000 annually for technology and equipment upgrades and could also offset the $367,875 general fund expenditures for dispatchers’ wages and fringe.

The Board of Commissioners is expected to bring this up at its meeting this week.

The committee also discussed the sale of the foreclosed property at 6057 W. Moorestown Rd. One valid bid was received at the buildings and grounds committee on Dec. 21. The recommendation from the committee to the board is to award the bid to the sole bidder Dean Root for $11,500.

The Committee also reviewed a PA116 application for Matthew Cnossen. It was determined that the application did not meet the qualifications for the program. The Committee thought it should be denied, but to encourage the land owner to re-apply once the qualifications for the farmland preservation program were met. The Committee will add it to the next board agenda for action.

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