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Voters approve tax for mental health

March 9, 2016
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A new tax in Ottawa County will bring an annual influx of $3 million over the next decade to help support mental health services.

The mental health tax was approved by voters on Tuesday, getting support from about 59 percent who cast ballots, The Holland Sentinel reports.

The money for the county's Community Mental Health agency will help offset anticipated losses in revenue from the state.

The tax will cost about $30 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Under a new regional partnership, Ottawa County stands to get less community mental health funding than it did under a previous arrangement.

Ottawa County would have usually received about $30 million a year, but a new funding model was cutting that to about $24 million.

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