Almost half of the ballots issued for the Billings public safety levy vote have been returned Friday, according to Yellowstone County elections officials.
The county elections office had accepted more than 27,000 ballots as of noon Friday. There were 60,000 ballots issued.
The city wants voters to consider replacing the current levy, which was passed 16 years ago. The new levy collects an extra $4 million per year to fund police, fire and other emergency services.
The deadline to return a ballot is 8 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 15.