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Proposed Benzie Co. Millage Would Provide Funding for 24 Hour Patrols

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The Benzie County Sheriff wants to provide full-time police protection and has a plan to pay for it.

He discussed a millage proposal with county commissioners on Tuesday.

County commissioners decided they will look at the proposal in greater detail at a special meeting on Monday at 8:00 a.m. at the county government center.

Currently, Benzie County does not provide overnight patrols between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. A deputy can be called in or state police can be asked to respond but those options can take time.

If the millage is approved for the November ballot, voters could increase funding for more deputies. The millage would also cover costs to replace some patrol cars and for things like court bailiffs and the sheriff's administrative office. It would also replace the old county jail millage.

"This is an opportunity for us to combine them both, get rid of the jail millage and just have one law enforcement millage," said Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel.

The sheriff says it would cost someone with a 200,000 dollar home an additional 60 dollars per year.

Kyle Mitchell and Photojournalist Tony Zyber have more on the millage proposal.