The Ecology Center is urging a YES vote on the Washtenaw County mental health and public safety millage, to be decided by county voters on November 7.
Mental health and public safety experts have persuaded us that the primary purpose of the millage deserves support, but there’s a vitally important climate action component to the plan that led our Board of Directors to give the proposal our formal endorsement.
The ballot proposal is an 8-year, 1.0-mill levy to fund mental health and public safety services throughout the county. State cutbacks have eliminated two-thirds of the county’s mental health funding, and have created what local officials describe as a “community crisis” that needs to be addressed with a new source of financial support. The millage funds will be devoted to mental health and public safety services, to be split evenly between the two functions. In Washtenaw County, however, seven municipalities — including the City of Ann Arbor — pay for their own police services, so those communities would be rebated a portion of the millage proceeds, to be allocated at the discretion of the local governments. Countywide, the millage funds would be divided 38% mental health, 38% public safety, and 24% local rebate. Here’s the climate connection:
Vote YES on the Washtenaw County mental health and public safety millage November.
Published on October 17, 2017