Constantine considers 3 public safety ballot questions

Constantine Village Manager Mark Honeysett and fire chief Mike Haydon met with attorney Catherine Kaufman this week to discuss the process to institute a special assessment for public safety services.

Honeysett said they discussed a pressing need for a new fire station and other fire department equipment, an increase in the cost of ambulance service in the village and an ongoing need for equipment for the police department.

Kaufman said she would entertain writing ballot language for one special assessment for all three phases of public safety, or three separate ballot questions.

Honeysett and Haydon decided to separate the ballot questions, because the village request could fail if voters didn’t fully support all phases of public safety.

The village will try to have the questions on a ballot in the August election. Kaufman, meanwhile, will present the three ballot questions for the council approval on April 18.

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