Constantine voters give go-ahead for police, fire, ambulance special assessments

CONSTANTINE — Constantine will soon be able to get more funds for essential protection services for the village.

Voters in Constantine approved three ballot proposals that would give the Constantine Village Council permission to create special assessment districts for fire protection, police protection and ambulance services.

All three proposals passed by decent margins; the fire and police proposals both had 58-42 percentage margins, while the ambulance proposal had a 62-38 percentage margin.

With the proposals passed, the Constantine Village Council will take up a future discussion on setting up the assessment district in a public hearing, followed by another public hearing after approval of the assessment district to set how much the assessment would be.

Constantine Village Manager Mark Honeysett previously said in an interview the village was looking to create the special assessments due to tight budgets and rising costs for each of the services over the last few years, as well as major expenses in the near future, especially for the fire department, where they hope to build a new fire station at the site of the old D&S store on Washington Street.

Between 193 and 205 voters in Constantine cast a vote on the three proposals.

Robert Tomlinson can be reached at 279-7488 ext. 22 or robert@threeriversnews.com.

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