BY MICHELLE MERLIN
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Benzie County will continue to have times throughout the night when no law enforcement officials can respond immediately to a 911 call.
Voters turned down a four year, 1.5 mill public safety millage that would have allowed the county to hire four new sheriff’s deputies and pay for new vehicles.
The increase would have raised $1.64 million in the first year and replaced an existing .9 jail millage.
Benzie County sheriff Ted Schendel campaigned for the millage.
“Is it disappointing? Yes, but I’ve always said this is the people’s choice and they’ve made that choice,” Schendel said. “We’ll just do the best that we can with what we have.”
Schendel wanted continuous patrol coverage to protect other emergency responders and citizens. Currently, deputies are on duty from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.
He also wanted to position a new deputy in the schools as a school resource officer.
Schendel says his office will continue with the status quo and he does not foresee making any similar appeals next year.