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Delaware County 911 Levy Continuation (May 2011)

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A Delaware County 911 Levy Continuation measure was on the May 3, 2011 ballot in Delaware County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 14,525 (64.39%)Approveda
  • NO 8,033 (35.61%)[1]

This was the second attempt by the county to continue the 911 fee which is currently in place in the county, the previous attempted failed to pass in the November 2010 election. This measure sought approval of a .45 mill levy which will replace the expiring levy at the end of 2011, it first had to get approved by County commissioners to be on the May ballot. Since this measure got approval, it will help keep 911 services sufficiently funded for the next years and help maintain emergency services which are offered in the county.[2]

There was some uncertainty with this measure, the County Commission had still not decided in January if this measure would in fact be on the May ballot and the 911 advisory board had backed down from asking. The board still believed a dedicated levy would be the best option to ensure services remain in the county. The commission noted that there likely was enough money in the budget to maintain the current 911 budget.[3]

The county decided to keep this measure on the ballot but instead of asking for a renewal and increase, this will just ask to renew the current tax rate. The previous amount was going to be .75 mills but officials thought just the renewal had a better chance of passing. The current levy renewal will just maintain services with additional funds from the county budget still being needed to ensure services are maintained.[4]

The head of the Police department in the county had been leading the effort to inform voters about this measure, that it was not a new tax but just renewing what is already in place. Noting that the $12 million expected to be generated from this levy will go towards maintenance of 911 equipment and operational costs of the department. If the measure had failed, then 911 emergency services would have been localized, as opposed to the central agency which is now in place, and would likely be unable to support themselves financially as the cost of maintenance is so high.[5]

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