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Barry County Central Dispatch millage renewal passes

Taylor Owens

Staff Writer

A five-year millage renewal for Barry County Central Dispatch passed 7,516 to 4,134 in Tuesday’s election.

“I feel that we have a lot of support here at Barry County,” Central Dispatch Director Stephanie Lehman said Wednesday. “We are very fortunate to work in that environment.”

The levy of .9672 mill will provide an estimated $2.1 million in revenue to Barry County Central Dispatch.

A property with a taxable value of $50,000 will be assessed an estimated $48 in the first calendar year of the levy.

About 95 percent of the dispatch's funding comes from the millage. The remainder comes from the State of Michigan on money collected from fees on telephone bills.

The center recently implemented new computer-aided dispatch, which allows for better and more efficient storage and dispersal of information.

Three new dispatchers are currently in training.

Lehman said the focus will be on training and new computer-aided dispatch before the summer, which is the busiest time of year.

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