While Detroit is getting the hype for their mayor's race (I hope Mike "Ed McNamara crony" Duggan loses), we have three elections of our own covering Livingston County.
First off, for those in Howell, Howell Twp, and Cohoctah Twp, Don Parker needs your vote. He's done a good job for us in his two stints as commissioner. He's a hard worker and detail oriented. I voted for Don when I lived in Howell and I'd vote for him today if I could.
The other two elections are ballot measures in the Howell Library District and Whitmore Lake School District (part of Green Oak, maybe part of Hamburg)
Howell Carnegie Library:
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property within the Howell District Library District be increased in an amount not to exceed 4/10 of 1 mill ($0.40 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of 20 years, beginning in the year 2013 and ending in the year 2032, inclusive, as new additional millage for the purpose of providing funds for Library purposes? It is estimated that 4/10 of 1 mill would raise approximately $820,000 when first levied in 2013.
Whitmore Lake School District:
Shall Whitmore Lake Public School District, Washtenaw and Livingston Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed $12,300,000 and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor in one or more series, for the purpose of : Partially remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, equipping, and reequipping school facilities, acquiring, installing and equipping technology for school facilities; purchasing school buses; constructing, equipping and developing and improving athletic facilities and play fields; and developing and improving sites? The following is for informational purposes only: The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2013, under current law, is 2.50 mills ($2.50 on each $1000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is 20 years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 2.17 mills. (Pursuant to State Law, expenditure of bond proposals must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administration, or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)
With an off year election, we can not take this election for granted. If we want to keep Livingston County a great place to live, we need to make sure that good leadership stays there. Don Parker is a part of that leadership. We need to retain Don Parker as county commissioner today.