COA millage-renewal request on November ballot

St. Joseph County’s registered voters will have another ballot question before them in November.

County commissioners on Tuesday authorized a millage-renewal request sought by the St. Joseph County Commission On Aging. The renewal will not seek any additional money, but will simply continue funding three-quarters of a mill the agency receives presently.

If approved, the request will cover a six-year period and generate nearly $1.5 million in its first year.

Tim Stoll, COA director, said the millage dollars help maintain services and programs it offers at its Three Rivers and Sturgis locations, and will also continue to support Meals on Wheels.

In other action Tuesday, commissioners approved Friend of the Court’s request for a mandated, independent security audit and risk-assessment report at a cost of $20,000. The agreement is with MGT Consulting Group.

In addition, commissioners agreed to make an exception to the county’s hiring freeze and allow for the employment of a part-time deputy register in the register of deeds office. The request, which will help fill a vacancy, was sought by register of deeds Lindsay Oswald.

Commissioners also canceled their July 3 meeting.

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