HUNT millage appears unlikely in Presque Isle Co
Some elected officials and law enforcement officers in Presque Isle County are talking about a police millage that expires at the end of this year.
Instead of asking voters to support a renewal of the millage, a new one might be created that eliminates financial support for the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT).
Some members of the committee are concerned the black cloud surrounding HUNT may kill support for a millage that includes funding for resource officers at area schools. The former HUNT commander is currently under investigation on possible criminal charges and some members of the community are upset over the handling of an investigation of prosecutor Rick Steiger.
Sheriff Robert Paschke told True North Radio he feels “uncomfortable” with a single millage for HUNT and school officers. He believes that millage would have a difficult time passing.
Voters might be asked to support a new millage that would fund a county K-9 officer, a drug-sniffing dog and school resource officers for Rogers City, Posen and Onaway.
County commissioners will have the final say on what proposal lands on the ballot.
HUNT would lose out on nearly $90,000 if the team is cut out of the millage.
Of the 188 people HUNT arrested in 2011, only nine, or 5-percent were from Presque Isle County – the lowest total of any of the four counties the team serves.