JUST IN: Montcalm County voters decline Headlee millage

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:00 pm on Tuesday, March 08, 2016

A majority of Montcalm County voters have declined to help fund county services, meaning budget cuts are around the corner.

Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal by 7,389 “no” votes to 5,429 “yes” votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.

A total of 13,592 people voted in today’s election, or 32 percent of Montcalm County’s 41,865 registered voters.

The five-year millage would have restored past Headlee reductions to a maximum of 5 mills, which was the previously approved level in 1974. Due to Headlee amendment rollbacks and Proposal A, the county was only able to collect 4.4082 mills for 2015.

The millage would have helped fund the county’s $220,000 budget deficit, which is currently being covered by fund equity, as well as help improve and/or restore other county services, such as law enforcement coverage, staffing in animal control and 4-H services and capital and technology expenditures at county buildings.

See Wednesday’s Daily News for a complete story.

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