EAGLE RIVER - The Keweenaw County Sheriff's Office is asking for residents of the county to consider voting yes on the police protection millage renewal. Since it's a renewal, it won't add any additional monies to the amount taxpayers already pay, but will keep it the way it's always been. The millage will generate $64,000 a year.
"Funding on the state level has been reduced and the millage has become even more important," said Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti.
According to Lahti, the millage will provide general all around services, with an emphasis on adding extra patrol. As of now they just have one car on the road, although they run a 24/7 operation with the staff they have.
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Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti reviews a report Wednesday at the Keweenaw County Courthouse in Eagle River. Lahti hopes the .5 millage renewal for police protection will pass so more police officers can be on the road.
If the millage does not pass, the sheriff's office will have to find a way to make up for that money.
"Cuts would have to be made. It would make things really tough," Lahti said. "You'd have fewer patrols on the road and longer response times to complaints."
Lahti said he'd like people who are on the fence about the millage to know that it's been a very big help to them in providing services and maintaining that level. However, he said he understood cutting taxes in a tough economic time can be attractive.