Drug Task Force asking for millage renewal in August

The St. Clair County Drug Task Force millage is up for renewal on the August 4th primary ballot. The millage funds a team of officers and prosecutors who target drug dealers across the county. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says in 2019 the Drug Task Force made 349 felony arrests, with a 98-percent conviction rate. Since its inception, the drug unit has only asked voters for a millage increase once – that was in 2016 when voters approved doubling the millage rate, which currently stands at 0.56 mills. That translates to around $28 a year for a home valued at $100,000. Donnellon says the drug unit made 349 felony arrests last year, mostly for crystal meth, heroin and crack cocaine.