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By JGillman, Section News
Today is the day that the looters hope you will forget.
Special elections are happening all over Michigan in order to pass higher taxes, continue others and begin new programs. One increase is for a Headlee override in Grand Traverse County. The local college which has no financial crisis, has 10 years of surplus if nothing is done, and says that "the law prevents us from telling you what we want to do with the money" is putting its hand out on this special day:
"SURPRISE!! NMC is NOT broke.And by having the election today, NMC is
It helps them avoid the fire sale on Millages in November, where two school bonds, and a road millage (another stick in the craw) as well as TWP measures will be on the ballot. In fact so many things are on the ballot, Its a wonder anyone can avoid a tax sale at least ONCE in their life. Because of people who SHOULD NOT be voting.
Get out and do your thing.
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Better check those election results. - Reposted from GROW.TC
It seems the state has been overlooking a fundamental restriction already in place when certifying election results for 5+ year millages and Bond requests. Has there been a validation for electors established to determine if the right to vote on certain issues?
Typically, those who show up for an election for a millage are unchallenged as to their ability to vote on such issues. There are no instructions that stipulate the law, as established by the constitution REQUIRES a real stake in such issues printed on the election forms (ballots), and there are no alternate means to prevent abrogation of constitutional statute. The Michigan Constitution is very clear:
A question we should be asking might be: "Is a passed millage request subject to legal challenge based on the inability to verify the legal status of the electors voting on such issues?" In other words, if you don't own property you cannot vote on a bond issue, so is your ballot restricted, or not?
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There are two Midland school requests up on May 7, 2013
The school superintendent wants all you Midland conservatives to make sure you get out and VOTE!
"two ballot proposals for your consideration if you are residents of the Midland Public Schools district. One, is a Sinking Fund proposal requesting 2.0 mills (millage) to be used for facility upgrades, renovations, construction and improvements. The second, a proposal for a .9 mills (millage) for the sale of Bonds totaling $20,880,000 to purchase equipment, security technology, infrastructure, etc., to support the district's technology plan"The Plan Boss! The PLAN!
OK get the midget imagery out of your head Tutu.
Grab an adult stylized beverage, fire up the wi-fidelity, and spend the weekend acquainting yourself with some of the issues surrounding such requests, and go to the polls a happy informed citizen on Tuesday.
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GrannyNanny felt this needed a little more exposure than the Straitsland Resorter editorial page. Though not the traditional format, It is reproduced in its entirety as it appeared. (Somewhat like a reposting) Indeed, it has meaning to many who are continually besieged with requests for additional bond approvals.
by L. Scott Swanson, Editor
It's almost as if schools follow a script when trying to get a tax increase passed.
Then there's a spring election with nothing but school issues on the ballot. This normally means a small voter turnout. With a small turnout, a few hundred people can pass a tax increase that thousands will pay.
Before voting on May 4, Inland Lakes voters should analyze that process and think about whether they really want things to play out that way.
Continued below the fold.
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