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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 08:21:39 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Special Elections, Abuse, Property Owners, Taxpayers, Millages, Bonds, Section 6, MI Constitution, Ad Valorem (all tags)

    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.

    In fact, the college has a 38% fund balance remaining. the annual budget is $42.6 million and it has a $16.1 million general fund balance.  The projected deficit for 2014 is just over $400,000, which if carried through for 40 years MIGHT run the balance out.  Even if the projected annual deficit of $1.8 million happens on schedule, it is 10 years of shortages that the college can endure before its ABSOLUTE cutting time.  And that is under the assumption that property values are remaining flat.

    And by having the election today, NMC is saving costing taxpayers an additional $70-80K.

    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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    For those uncertain or, unaware (none / 0) (#1)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 09:01:07 AM EST
    The linked .pdf is a list of today's elections by County.


    • you DA man. by JGillman, 08/06/2013 09:09:49 AM EST (none / 0)
    These people aren't stupid. (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by KG One on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 09:32:10 AM EST
    Greedy, yes. But not stupid.

    The local college had done a similar tax hike last year that local taxpayers barely dodge a bullet on.

    Eliminating the voters who don't own any property and that number would've surely been more decisive.

    Speaking of that Constitutional question, where is that intrepid AG of ours?

    "I'm not one of these attorney generals who selectively enforces the constitution or puts his or her finger up to see which way the wind blows..."

    Sounds like something to jump right in on and settle the matter once and for all on behalf of the taxpayers.

    Farmington Hills... (none / 0) (#5)
    by Crippy on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 05:46:17 PM EST
    just had a vote today for a bond issue, of course to fund the children.  I voted no but I'm sure it will pass.  I don't have any confidence in the voting anymore.  

    "It is error alone that needs the government. Truth can stand by itself." Thomas Jefferson

    • Have faith by Corinthian Scales, 08/07/2013 12:07:02 AM EST (none / 0)
    In Kentwood . . . (none / 0) (#6)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 11:14:05 PM EST
    . . . the only things we had on the ballot today were the City Mayor Primary and the Ward 1 City Commissioner Primary.  However, one of the behind-the-scenes stories is that Kentwood is one of the ten municipal primaries today that MIGOP used as an opportunity to stress-test an improved Election Day Operations platform ("improved" meaning better than Project ORCA), so Kent GOP took advantage of an excuse to train some poll challengers.

    The test went well overall, as far as I can tell, but I'll learn more when the operation is debriefed later this week.  In neither primary did anyone draw >50% of the total votes cast, so both races proceed to a general runoff on November 5th.   A quick numerical analysis shows a few interesting tidbits:

    • In each race, both the front-runner and the runner-up live in the same precinct.

    • The only primary candidates to win their home precincts were the runners-up.

    NMC Millage (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by JGillman on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 11:21:50 PM EST

    YES 3901 33.18%
    NO 7855 66.82%

    100% reporting

    Taxed Enough Already.

    Interesting results. (none / 0) (#9)
    by KG One on Wed Aug 07, 2013 at 07:33:47 AM EST
    Whenever TPTB wanted to scare the bejeebies out of the voters, the tried and true threatening of public safety tactic worked every time (i.e. Harrison Twsp., St. Clair Shores and Allen Park).

    Libraries, Schools and Senior Housing...not so much.

    9 pages (none / 0) (#11)
    by Corinthian Scales on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 12:35:41 AM EST
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