County voters turn down courthouse/jail proposal

By: 
Paul Garrod • news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz

   PAW PAW - Only 12 percent of the 54,731 registered Van Buren County voters went to the polls on Tuesday, to decide issues on a rather light ballot.
   A county-wide jail and court millage proposed by the County Commissioners to fund a major construction and renovation project for the county courts, jail and Administration and Land Services Building, was turned down by voters in an unofficial vote total of 4,795 “no” and 1,884 “yes” votes.
   If approved and levied in full, the millage would have raised an estimated $2,030,000 in the first calendar year of the levy, based on taxable value.
   The millage increase would have been up to 0.70 mills ($0.70 per $1,000 of taxable value), for a period of 20 years, 2017-2036.
   Van Buren County Commissioner Chairman Richard Godfrey said of the outcome, “Van Buren County voters made their voices heard Tuesday in saying “no” to the proposed jail and court upgrade projects. As county commissioners, we respect their opinion and will continue to discuss the project, looking carefully at all aspects, eventually finding a solution that will hopefully be favorable to the voters.”

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