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BILLINGS - Yellowstone County commissioners have decided to ask voters to support a permanent mill levy for mental health services.

Commissioners voted Tuesday to put the levy on the June primary ballot after hearing testimony from police officers, doctors, clergy, business executives, elected officials and families who have dealt with mental illness.

If voters approve the levy, the county will raise about $873,000 a year. The money will be used primarily to pay organizations that provide services to the mentally ill, keeping them out of the emergency room or jail.

If the levy passes, the owner of a home worth $200,000 would pay an additional $9.80 per year in property taxes.

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