Voters to be Polled on Proposed New Macomb County Jail Project

MOUNT CLEMENS, MI – The Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved spending up to $20,000 on a poll of Macomb County electors likely to participate in the November 2019 election.Macomb County Jail Project

The Board approved this expenditure to help objectively assess whether a ballot proposal, as recommended by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department and the Office of the County Executive, to levy 0.98 mill to construct and operate a new jail should be placed on the November 2019 ballot.

The organization to conduct the poll must be an independent and experienced public opinion research firm and all questions to be used in the poll must be approved by the Sheriff, Board Chair Bob Smith and Commissioners Phil Kraft and Rob Leonetti. Once a firm is selected and the questions are approved, the results of the poll should be given to the Board of Commissioners by July 15.

The Board will meet on July 18 at the Records and Public Safety meeting to further discuss the proposed new jail project and whether the voters will be asked to support it through a millage. If ballot language is approved on July 18 at the committee level, a final decision would be made by the Board at the July 25 Full Board meeting.

In order for a millage request to be on the Nov. 5, 2019 ballot the approved language must then be certified by the county and local clerks by 4 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2019.

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