Kalamazoo Voters Say NO to 911 Proposal; Yes to K-RESA Millage
Kalamazoo voters said no to a proposal for a consolidated dispatch for emergency 911 calls. The final tally was 18,317 against, and 11,151 in favor. Voters thought that a 450 percent increase on fees assessed to phone numbers was not worth funding. If passed, residents would have paid $27.60 each year for each phone line, compared to $5.04 under the current surcharge.
K-RESA, or the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency’s regional enhancement millage renewal passed by a wide margin. About two thirds of the voters said yes to renew a three-year, 1.5-mill tax to supplement state funds for local schools.