August 08, 2007 ST.CLAIR COUNTY — With one remaining piece of central dispatch's radio system, the county left it up to voters to finish the puzzle. On Tuesday, they responded with a resounding 'no.' The five-year proposal was defeated 10,128 to 4,058.
The .5 mills were to generate the needed funds to build a communications tower in the Capac area that would provide better radio signals in the western part of the county and complete the 800 megahertz system that will allow police, fire and first responders to better intercommunicate.
Its passage would have meant the elimination of a landline surcharge that helped fund central dispatch operations.
With a $700,000 cut in revenue sharing looming and an annual subsidy of $400,000 for central dispatch operations, Administrator Shaun Groden said the county believed a millage was their best funding option and was more sensible than hiking the surcharge.
The millage defeat means that cuts are necessary in central dispatch and other county departments.