CITY OF IRON MOUNTAIN TO CONSIDER AGAIN ASKING VOTERS FOR MILLAGE TO
SUPPORT SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER
(Iron Mountain - March 05, 2018) - Upon urging by Mayor Dale
Allesandrini, the Iron Mountain City Council is likely to once again put before
City voters, the question of extra millage to support placement of a police
resource officer in the Iron Mountain School System.
The discussion was
part of Monday night's regular City Council meeting, and undoubtedly sprouted
from the recent spate of school shootings.
Though the matter was soundly
defeated the last time it was placed before the voters, the Council seems ready
to give it another try. One of the factors blamed for defeat of the proposal on
it's last go-round was the fact that there were a number of other millage
proposals on the ballot at the same time. That would likely not be a problem
with another attempt.
For a number of years, the City of Iron Mountain
and the School District had shared the cost of a police resource officer.
However, as budget tightened, the School District was forced to halt it's
funding and the City was not able to fund it without the School's help. The
matter was put before City voters, but was defeated.
The number being
talked about is in the area of one half of one mil of additional property tax to
support the program.
The Council has until May 15 to get the question on
the August primary electuion ballot, or until August 15 for placement on the
November general election ballot.