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Washtenaw County Sheriff Looks To The Future After Voters Approve Ballot Issue

Nov 8, 2017

Jerry Clayton, Washtenaw County Sheriff
Credit Courtesy photo / Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

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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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu