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At their September 12th Personnel/Ways and Means meeting the Board of Commissioners received the draft budget prepared by the County Administrator’s office. This year they received two versions of the budget. The Option A budget is predicated on passage of the November 7th renewal of the separate tax limitations proposal. That budget continues funding for the current programs and services provided by County government.
The Option B budget was prepared in the event that the ballot proposal does not pass and the Board of Commissioners is required to reduce expenditures by over 1.6 million dollars. The cuts in the budget effect many different programs and services of the County. Please see the County website for details of the changes between the two budgets. www.lenawee.mi.us
We have been very encouraged by the support from local communities and service groups for the November 7th ballot proposal to renew the separate tax limitations. Comments and questions from county residents at the various presentations have made it clear that these are important programs in the County. There have also been endorsements of the proposal passed by several organizations.
However, there is still a lot of work to do and with just five weeks until November 7th, we are working hard to ensure that the decision reached by Lenawee County voters is based on good information. If you are aware of a group or organization that would like to hear the County’s presentation, please contact the Administrator’s Office. There are several presentations in the month of October to explain to county residents why Lenawee County is at this crossroads. It is time to decide whether Lenawee County government will provide only mandated services or will it continue to provide the non-mandated, quality of life programs that we have all come to enjoy and expect? How will we invest the property tax dollars that we receive?
The Lenawee County Board of Commissioners took a large step in investing in the safety of all Lenawee County residents. At their meeting on September 13th the commission approved an upgrade of the radio system that is used to communicate with first responders in emergency situations. This is a continuation of the upgrade that was approved last year. All police, fire and ambulance crews will be moved to the 800 MHz platform and additional infrastructure will be built out so that first responders have clear and secure communications with the 911 dispatch center when they are responding to your emergency call. This is a great collaborative effort between the County 911 center and the local police and fire departments. Both the dispatch team and the local departments should be commended for their cooperation and dedication to the public.