November 04, 2009 LAPEER COUNTY — Voters barely trickled into the Imlay City Hall Tuesday, perhaps suggesting mild interest in a countywide ballot proposal to purchase digital equipment for the county's antiquated E-911 system.
As of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, just 47 of Imlay City's 2,013 registered voters had cast ballots.
911 Director Vic Martin and county emergency officials have been vigorously campaigning for the $16.1 million proposal, pointing out that parts are no longer being made for the existing system, rendering it obsolete.
If the proposal passes, Lapeer County taxpayers will pay 0.75 mills for a period of up to 10 years. That translates to a cost of 75 cents for each $1,000 of taxable property value.
Only a few residents had voted at the Imlay City polling site by 9 a.m. Tuesday (the polls opened at 7 a.m.), and City Clerk Jan Zuhlke said fewer residents than usual had requested absentee ballots.
Zuhlke said she usually receives about 260 requests for absentee ballots, with an average of 220 of them being returned.
For this election, only 109 absentee ballots had been requested.