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    Bomb Threats & Backfires

    By leondrolet, Section News
    Posted on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 07:56:11 AM EST
    Tags: macomb county, taxes, tax hikes (all tags)

    The campaign to stop the Macomb County Board of Commissioners from raising the County property tax by 9% has gotten heated.

    The MI Taxpayers Alliance has been campaigning against the tax hike using an extensive phone call campaign that allows taxpayers to connect directly through to their Commissioner by pushing "1" on their phone. So far, thousands of citizens have exercised that option to express their opposition directly to their commissioner.

    Other people have decided to use their phone to express their "opinion" in a far less civil manner. Yesterday, I had to fill out a police report after someone began leaving bomb threat messages on the MI Taxpayers Alliance voice mail.

    The union representing many county government employees has also been sending out robo-calls to union members in the county to urge support for the tax hike. This union has spent big bucks on full-page, full-color ads in The Macomb Daily newspaper urging citizens to call commissioners and demand they vote for the tax increase. According to one commissioner, the unions ads may be backfiring. The below article is from today's Macomb Daily:

    Tax wars

    Leon Drolet, the leader of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, said he received several phone messages -- all from a Clinton Township residence -- that suggested he could face violence for opposing a tax hike that will be voted on tonight by the county board.

    Pro- and anti-tax activists have waged aggressive lobbying campaigns by phone in advance of tonight's vote on a millage increase that would cost the average homeowner about $27 a year.

    At her home, county Commissioner Kathy Vosburg, a Chesterfield Township Republican, said she received a dozen calls in response to a newspaper ad placed by union organizations urging a "yes" vote on the tax hike.

    But Vosburg said the ad, which featured phone numbers of commissioners opposed to the tax including her, may have backfired. She said all but one caller congratulated her for rejecting the tax and urged her to "stick to your guns."

    (Emphasis is mine)

    TODAY! Help PROTEST the tax hike!

    Today (Thursday, April 30), there will be a protest of this new tax hike at the Macomb County Administration Building at One South Main Street in downtown Mt. Clemens (map here: http://www.macombcountymi.gov/MACOMB_GOV/BOC_Map.htm). The protest starts at 5:30pm and lasts until 7:00 - the beginning of the commissioners' meeting when they vote on the tax increase.

    PLEASE attend this protest. County Commissioners need to know that you are paying attention and that you will NOT sit back and watch taxes go up as your property values and income decline.

    Bring a sign if you can, dress for the weather, and get ready to say "no way" to higher taxes that support unbelievably generous government employee benefits.

    We need to band together and act - now!

    Leon Drolet
    MI Taxpayers Alliance

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    by Eric T on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 10:56:29 AM EST
    What is wrong with these people, this tax hike comes on the day one of the biggest employers, in the county. Goes belly up!!!


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