911 surcharge approved after ballot mistake

PAW PAW, Mich. (WOOD) — Last week, Van Buren County voters approved a 911 surcharge — but it shouldn’t have been on the ballot.

The ballot question to approve a 911 telephone surcharge of up to $1.92 starting in July 2015 passed on Aug. 5, with 5,200 people voting yes and 2,360 saying no.

However, the issue wasn’t supposed to be on the primary election ballot. It was supposed to go before voters on the general election ballot.

The county commission voted in April to put the question on the November ballot. A mistake put it on the primary ballot. No one noticed until election day.

The commission was expected to vote Tuesday to throw out the Aug. 5 results and send the measure back before voters in November, as originally planned.

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