Creating a more effective way of utilizing the sheriff's office in the larger countywide effort to deal with mental illness. That is a more attainable goal following passage of the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and Public Safety millage on Tuesday. Sheriff Jerry Clayton joined 89.1 WEMU's David Fair for a look ahead.
The Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and Public Safety Preservation Millage has passed by a comfortable margin. The 8-year, 1-mill countywide proposal will generate over 15-million dollars annually. Nearly 64-percent of participating voters stood in favor of the tax levy. 38-percent will be dedicated to mental health services, 38-percent to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office for public safety initiatives and the remaining 24-percent will be distributed based on population to the communities in the county that fund their own police departments.
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