2017-01-01 / Insight

Voters approve Lapeer County EMS millage

LAPEER COUNTY — Just before the deadline to get a millage proposal on the November ballot, Lapeer County EMS came to the county commission to do just that. The commissioners approved the ballot language, allowing the voters to decide whether or not they’d like to support the agency, and by a margin of 1,532 votes, the voters said yes.

The one-mill, four-year levy was passed with 21,706 yes votes, and Lapeer County EMS is now making plans to purchase necessary equipment, repair or replace unserviceable vehicles, hire more employees and expand by two bases to provide better service to the county.

There is talk of a lawsuit challenging the millage, however. Voters in Marathon Township rejected the proposal 1,052 to 1,018 and in the opposite corner of the county, Almont Township voters overwhelmingly said no on the EMS millage — 2,377 to 881. Almont Township Supervisor Paul Bowman would only say “there have been discussions,” but Marathon Township Supervisor Fred Moorhouse said he expected a lawsuit challenging the tax would be filed.

— Krystal Moralee

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