Gratiot County Emergency Call Surcharge (August 2010)

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A Gratiot County Emergency Call Surcharge measure was on the August 3, 2010 ballot in Gratiot County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 2,905 Approveda
  • NO 2,152[1]

This measure sought to implement a surcharge on emergency 911 calls made within the county. The surcharge will be at a rate of $2.89 a month and would be in place for four years and the money will be used to upgrade facilities and equipment in the county.[2]

The question on the ballot:


EMERGENCY 9-1-1 OPERATING SURCHARGE Shall Gratiot County be authorized to assess a monthly surcharge of up to $2.89 per month within the geographic boundaries of Gratiot County on all telephone devices that can access the Gratiot County, Michigan 9-1-1 System? The surcharge would run from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2014, unless repealed by statute. The surcharge shall be used exclusively to finance, upgrade radio communications, facilities and operating cost of the Gratiot County 911/Central Dispatch Authority. It is expected that the surcharge could bring up to $1,109,760 the first year. The $2.89 per month surcharge was approved by Gratiot County voters in August 2006 with respect to landline telephones, however amendments in the law superseded that vote, by including “all telephone devices” into the language, necessitating this election.[3]


  1. Gratiot County Elections, August 3 Election Results
  2. Grtiot County County Clerk's Office, August Ballot Proposals, pg.1 (dead link)
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.