County voters decide on millage renewal

St. Joseph County voters could be asked in August to decide whether to renew a millage to support the county’s E-911 Central Dispatch.

Meanwhile, a public hearing has been set for feedback on a proposed millage renewal for the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging.

The two matters were addressed Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. Regarding the E-911 Central Dispatch renewal, commissioners approved the request seeking renewal of three-quarters of a mill for a five-year period, starting in 2013.

The matter was approved without a public hearing, though commissioners agreed to an annual review of the agency’s budget to determine if it needs the full three-quarters of a mill, if the request is approved.

May 15 will be the date of a public hearing before commissioners regarding the proposed three-quarters of a mill renewal for the COA.

Lynn Coursey, COA executive director, said the agency is seeking five-year renewal of the current millage, due to expire at the end of the year. Depending on the amount and type of feedback commissioners receive, approval to put the matter on the August ballot could come later that evening.

Otherwise, the county will have to call a special meeting for May 22 to determine what course of action to take regarding the COA and its millage.

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