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Alpena residents trickling in to vote on 911 surcharge

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz A voting sign is pictured at an Alpena polling place on Tuesday afternoon

ALPENA — Voters continue to trickle in to the polls in Alpena County to vote on a surcharge that will continue to fund 911 operations.

If approved cell and landline phone users will continue to see a $3 fee on their bill for the next five years. The tax is expected to generate between $800,000 and $1 million a year, which will be used for operations and upgrades.

The county-wide tax is the only thing on the ballot for the special election. At about 11:45 a.m., there were only 17 voters in Precinct 1 in Alpena who voted.

Alpena County Clerk Bonnie Friedrichs said special elections tend to have lower turnouts compared to years when then there are multiple local races, or the position of president or governor is up for grabs She said this afternoon, that the election was going smoothly, and there haven’t been any issues that she has been notified of.

“It has been quiet, so I’m going to assume everything is going ok,” she said.

The polls are open until 8 p.m and then the city and townships forward their vote totals to Friedrich’s office.

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