The day after the primary, the MIRS News Service in Lansing was reporting that 80 percent of new local tax proposals passed, and 99 percent of requests that were renewals were approved.Vote image

Among the notable county results on new millages reported by MIRS:

  • Road levies were approved in Alcona, Arenac, Ionia, Keweenaw and St. Joseph counties.
  • Correction: Cheboygan County also approved its road levy, 2,892 to 2,197.
  • Emergency services levies were approved in Alger, Alpena, Cass, Iosco, Mason, Midland, Oceana, Osceola, Oscoda and Van Buren counties.
  • Senior services millages were approved in Allegan, Kent, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Presque Isle and Shiawassee counties.

Projected revenues for FY 2014 – 2015 are anticipated to be $253.2 million less revenue than originally anticipated.  This projection is what the legislature and administration will use to determine target numbers for the various budgets for the coming year.  As most of you are aware, the governor, along with the House and Senate have recommended full funding for county revenue sharing.  It is critical that you contact your representative and senators and ask them to keep full funding for counties when determining appropriation line items for the upcoming budget.  Attached are talking points for your use.  Please contact MAC is you have any questions and if you are successful in contacting your legislators.

Revenue Sharing TP.FY15 [pdf]

You can also find these on the MAC website: micounties.org
ssc Writing a letter to the local newspaper is an excellent way to show your support for Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities. Letters to the editor attract a significant reading audience, particularly if the letters are timely and informative. Letters can be submitted to the editor via email or by using your local newspaper’s online submission form. Writing a letter to the editor Generally, letters to the editor should not exceed 150 words. Given the brevity of a letter to the editor, it’s wise to keep it tightly focused. Letters should be written to reach a broad cross-section of the community. Be emphatic in making your point – but be civil! How to submit a letter
  1. Pick up a copy of your local newspaper or go to your local newspaper’s website and look for the “Opinion” or “Op-Ed” section, where letters are typically printed.
  2. Look for other letters to the editor – typically, there will be an email address (in the print edition) or a link to an online form (on a newspaper website) to submit a letter to the editor. Make sure to look for any special guidelines the newspaper you’re submitting to might have (e.g. a special word count).
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NOTE: Please make sure to include a working phone number (preferably a cell phone) with your submitted letter. Most newspapers will call you just to confirm you actually submitted a letter prior to publication. Here are a few sample letters for your use: Sample Letters to the Editor
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