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Commissioners approve ambulance/911 ballot proposal

Submitted by on April 8, 2020 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Alpena County will be asking voters to support an expanded ambulance millage in August that includes additional funding for 911 services and four additional items.

Commissioners last week, approved ballot language during a monthly meeting that was held via teleconference due to the coronavirus and the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order in Michigan.

The ballot request is for 1.5 mills over four years, an increase over the current ambulance millage of .972 mills. City and county officials say one mill will restore the ambulance millage to its original level after slowly being reduced over the years due to the Headlee rollback. The funding would pay for continued advanced life support (ALS) ambulance services.

The remaining half-mill would help pay for higher costs of ambulances, 911 services, restoration of first responder reimbursements to townships, training and supplies.