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Dexter Township Voters Approve Public Safety Fire Station Millage

Residents approved a request to levy up to 1 mill for seven years to build a fire station on Dexter Townhall Road.

Dexter Township residents approved a ballot proposal to construct a permanent fire station in the township.

According to unofficial election results, the proposal passed with 1,788 "yes" votes to 1,677 "no" votes on Tuesday.

The seven-year, 1-mill proposal will generate roughly $287,000 in its first year for construction of the new station at the corner of North Territorial and Dexter Town Hall Road.

"I'm happy that we're going to have a station to permanently address emergency service needs for our residents," supervisor Pat Kelly said.

The new station would feature two double length bays, another half bay, sleeping quarters, office and a meeting/training room. Total construction costs are estimated to be between $1.2 and $1.6 million.

According to Township Clerk Harley Rider, roughly 77.64 percent of registered voters cast 3,837 ballots in the 2012 election. Of those 1,103 were absentee.

Editor's note: To view a complete list of local election results for Dexter, visit http://patch.com/A-zjzq

Roger McDonough November 12, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Safety is an overriding priority at home, at work, and in our community. I am pleased to see that the majority of citizens recognize this. I am disappointed that this did not win by a larger margin. This is a non-partisan issue, unless you consider spending of any sort to be bad. We need an infrastructure that provides for a safe community. Reducing fire and emergency response time is critical, and keeping the response time below a safe level is a requirement.

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