Keynoter Bill Ballenger of Inside Michigan Politics is speaking on 2014 election to the assembled MAC members. He explained that the dynamics of this year’s cycle give an advantage to Republicans regarding control of university boards and the Michigan Supreme Court. 20140915_093942_resized 20140915_094006_resized 20140915_094007_resized 20140915_094029_resized
The 2014 Annual Conference is under way at the Grand Hotel. President Shelly Pinkelman welcomed the assembled members. A unit from Fort Mackinac presented the colors. And Mackinac County Board Chairman Jim Hill offered a history of the region, county and the island. 20140915_090408_resized 20140915_090417_resized 20140915_090442_resized 20140915_090946_resized 20140915_091346_resized
MAC members, friends and supporters, Welcome to the 2014 Annual Conference at the impressive Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. This year’s event will be full of helpful and interesting panels on hot topics before county governments — and, of course, the friendship and camaraderie you can expect at any MAC gathering. To get you rolling into the conference, please take a moment to go over this checklist: 1. Are you following MAC’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MIcounties ? 2. Are you following MAC on Twitter (@MIcounties) ? (Also, note that the hashtag for our event is #macannconf2014. Please use that hashtag in all of your tweets.) 3. Do you have the MAC blog bookmarked on your computer: http://micounties.org/blog/ 4. Have you downloaded the special — and FREE — MAC app created just for the 2014 Conference? Just follow the instructions in the image below. Conference App adThank you for attending the conference. We hope you have a fun and informative time on Mackinac Island.
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The effects of poorly designed tax capture laws on county services was the topic of the second day of a special MLive series on tax increment financing, with MAC staffers making the case for obvious and immediate reforms. Commenting on a longstanding problem with downtown development authorities created decades ago, MAC’s Deena Bosworth said, “If something was created in 1980, we’re getting as much revenue from that property as we did in 1980.” MLive’s Emily Lawler also reported on the effects on special millages: “Little known to voters is that the capture can also come out of special millages. “For example, voters might approve a special millage for senior citizen services at the county level. If the county includes a tax capture district, that district is entitled to capture a portion of that millage – something that’s not included in the ballot language. As a result, some voters may not know that when they voted to increase senior services, they were also voting to give part of that increase to a DDA.” For example, in Bay County alone over the last decade, about $4.5 million in special millage funds have been diverted via tax capture. These funds would have gone to programs for everything from veterans and seniors to insect control and roads. Keep your eye on www.mlive.com and the blog all week for additional coverage of this issue.
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