May 7 election: Muskegon Co. OKs 911 surcharge

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — On its second time before voters, a proposal to increase Muskegon County’s 911 surcharge to upgrade dispatch equipment passed in Tuesday’s election.

Unofficial figures show that countywide, the measure got 10,029 yes votes and 7,534 no votes. It passed overwhelmingly in the city of Muskegon, where it got 1,387 yes votes and 811 no votes.

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The monthly 911 surcharge will rise from 42 cents to $2.75. The measure was defeated in November, but officials took it back to voters, saying oudated technology was hampering response to emergencies.

The increased surcharge is expected to raise an estimated $2.95 million the first year. It will pay for bew radio towers and emergency response equipment.

Also in Muskegon County, Holton Township rejected a ballot proposal that would have allowed medical marijuana facilities on land zoned for commercial and agricultural use.

SCHOOL FUNDING

Voters narrowly approved a nearly $98 million bond for West Ottawa Public Schools, 24 Hour News 8 projects. In addition for upgrades to existing schools and playgrounds, the bond will pay for a new elementary school to serve the district’s southeast area, a new performing arts center, a new sports stadium, new buses and new band and orchestra instruments.

In Rockford, voters OK’d a $174 million bond and an $11 million sinking fund. The money will go toward a new elementary school for the west side of the district; more classrooms at Crestwood Elementary, Roguewood Elementary, North Rockford Middle and the Freshman Center; improvements to North Middle School; and new school buses.

Preliminary results show a nearly $40 million bond for Saugatuck Public Schools failed by only three votes, 1,044 to 1,041. The results will have to be certified before a call can be made. If passed, the 27-year bond will fund renovations to Douglas Elementary School, remodeling of the middle and high school and three buses.

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This was the first election since Michigan voters approved a number of new rules for the process, including automatic registration, same-day registration, no-reason absentee voting and straight-ticket voting. Officials expected the changes to increase turnout, but there were no reports of problems at the polls.

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