February 11, 2016

Standish councilman wants to try again on police millage

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com

STANDISH – When the Standish police millage failed by a margin of 70 against to 54 for on Nov. 8, the city’s police department lost an opportunity to improve services, according City Councilman Jerry Nelson.

“We would have used it to get another officer,” said Nelson. “In my opinion, (its) failure shouldn’t have an effect on existing services.”

He said that two-mill millage would have raised approximately $77,000 dollars over two years, which would have been enough to hire another officer and buy an additional police car and other equipment and services.

He said the Standish police department currently consists of one officer who needs more help. While existing services will not be hurt by the millage’s failure, they will not be improved, either.

Nelson said he hopes to bring the millage up again in the May or November elections, since he felt that the primary reason it failed was due to the city doing a poor job of informing people about it.

“We didn’t have a lot of time this time around to get people informed,” he said. “We’ll try harder next time to get people educated.”

Since the millage only failed by 16 votes, if the city can better present their case, it should do better, according to Nelson.

“If you can sway eight people, that’s a big difference,” he said.


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