Iron Mountain to vote on school liaison officer millage

 The Iron Mountain Police Department (WLUC Photo)
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Published: Oct. 30, 2019 at 4:46 PM EDT
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A millage to fund a police officer in Iron Mountain Public Schools will go to city voters next week.

The five-year proposal is for an annual levy up to 0.55 mills, or 55 cents per $1,000 of taxable value. The new proposal would raise about $131,000 in 2020 if the full amount is levied, but they are just looking to start at 0.44.

The city hasn't had a school liaison officer since voters in November 2014 rejected a similar millage.

"It's a very integral part of the department, as well as the school district, and it's very well needed. The school liaison officer does much more than the officer friendly stuff. They do all the abuse and neglect complaints. They do all the sexual assaults. When that child is interviewed by someone that they know, they are much more apt to let the officer know really what happened. So it's a very, very important part if we can get it back,” said Ed Mattson, the Iron Mountain Police and Fire Services Director.

If passed, this would place one IMPD officer between each of the Iron Mountain Public Schools.

The election will take place November 5, 2019.

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