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Local and State Races, 911 Tax on Aug. 4 Primary Ballot

South Kalamazoo county residents will nominate partisan candidates for federal, state, county and township offices in the August 4 primary.

Candidates in contested primary races were asked to submit a 200-word statement about themselves and their positions along with a photo.

Residents on Aug. 4 will also decide a ballot issue to pay for a central public safety communication system and 911 service system.

Polls will open at 7 a.m., close at 8 p.m.

The ballot question:

“For the purpose of funding a central public safety communication system and 9-1-1 service system, shall the constitutional limitation upon the total amount of taxes which may be assessed in one (1) year upon all property within the County of Kalamazoo, Michigan, be increased in an amount up to but not to exceed 0.65 mills ($0.65 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of ten (10) years (2020 – 2029 inclusive), to be distributed to the Kalamazoo County Consolidated Dispatch Authority for countywide 9-1-1 facilities, functions and services as provided in the Kalamazoo County Emergency 9-1-1 Service System Plan? If approved and levied in full, this millage would raise an estimated $6,111,513 in the first calendar year of its levy based on taxable value.”

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