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Kent County voters approve two ballot proposals

Nov 9, 2016

Credit Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

Voters in Kent County approved two separate measures to support a zoo, museum and improved services for an emergency dispatch.

A millage increase will help pay to repair and improve exhibits at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. It’ll also help pay to care for animals at John Ball Zoo. Backers estimate it’ll raise a little over $9 million a year. WOOD-TV reports the additional .44 mills will cost the owner of a $170,000 home $37.40 more per year through 2025.

Voters also backed an increase to the monthly surcharge for emergency calls. It’ll pay for technology improvements at the dispatch operations center.

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Residents across the county will now pay 70 cents more per month for a total monthly surcharge of $1.15 on their phone bill. The money will be used to add new communications towers and create a single system so all departments can speak on a single system.