Voters to decide local races, millages in August Primary

Rochester Post | Published July 23, 2014

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Readers in the Post’s coverage area will head to the polls Aug. 5 to vote for primary candidates in several races, including District 45 and 46 state representative, as well as to decide on a Rochester Hills millage and a Rochester Community Schools’ operating millage renewal. Following are profiles of the candidates, as well as the exact language of the proposals as they will appear on the ballot.

Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they would wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, ( … ) replaced the rest of the answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim. Profiles were only sent to candidates in races that are being contested in at least one party in the primary.


U.S. Representative in Congress District 8
Two candidates are running for the republican nomination, and four candidates are running for the Democratic nomination  to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Michael D. Bishop
Age: 47
Occupation:
Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, International Bancard Corporation
Municipality of residence: Rochester
For how long: 47
Education: J.D. – Michigan State University DCL (1993); B.A. – University of Michigan (1989) ; Real Estate Brokers License – Curry Management Institute (1994)
Previously held elected offices: Senate Majority Leader – Michigan State Senate (2006-2011); State Senator – Michigan State Senate (2003-2011); State Representative – Michigan House of Representatives (1998-2002)
Top goals: 1. My top priority is getting Michigan’s economy moving again so the private sector can create jobs. One of the biggest challenges facing Michigan is uncertainty amongst job creators about taxes and regulations. Michigan employers do not know what it will cost to hire additional workers, and that has slowed job creation throughout the state. The first step to economic recovery is to create long term certainty on federal taxes and regulations.

2. The number one concern on the minds of families in the district is the rising cost of healthcare. We need to work on reforms that will make healthcare affordable and accessible, and not by mandating a government-managed marketplace.

3. Its time to stop the out-of-control spending policies in Washington, D.C. and halt government expansion. I believe we first need to curb spending and begin paying down our debt, in order to lead America on a path toward prosperity.

Republican
Thomas E. McMillin
Age: 49
Occupation: State Representative currently representing, Rochester, Rochester Hills, and parts of Oakland Twp.; Certified Public Accountant.
Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills
For how long: 13 years, For the last 8 years I have been raising my family in Rochester Hills and I originally came to Rochester Hills with my parents in 1982 and attended Rochester Adams High School.
Education: Bachelor’s of General Studies in Accounting/Economics from University of Michigan, 1987, Certified Public Accountant
Previously held elected offices: Auburn Hills City Council and Mayor, Oakland County Commissioner, State Representative representing Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Twp. since 2008 to present.
Top goals:1. Eliminate the federal deficit and reduce the national debt. It is unconscionable that we continue to lay horrendous debt on our children and grandchildren. I am the Lansing leader in transparency in government, and will bring the fight for transparency to DC and expose wasteful spending, including corporate welfare.

2. Eliminate Obamacare. The federal government should not have control our healthcare and insurance. I will fight to return healthcare and most of Washington’s power to state and local control. We only need to see how the federal government treats our veterans at VA Hospitals to know that the federal government should not control our healthcare.

3. Secure the border, enforce our immigration laws and end our attractive draw for illegal entry by ending benefits for those here illegally. States should be allowed to enforce immigration law when the federal government fails to exercise their responsibility.

Democrat
Ken Darga
Age: 61
Occupation: Economist (served as Michigan’s State Demographer until retiring in December 2013 to run for Congress)
Municipality of residence: Lansing
For how long: 35 years
Education: BA, Boston College, Summa cum Laude; MSW, University of Michigan (Policy and Administration); MA, University of Michigan (Economics)
Previously held elected offices: no prior elective office
Top goals:
(1) Restore manufacturing

(2) Restore prosperity

(3) Preserve Social Security for all generations without reducing benefits

We can bring back factories by replacing taxes that drive jobs away with better taxes that provide incentives to employ workers in the U.S.

We can bring back prosperity with “safe stimulus.” My website (www.darga 4congress.com) explains how we can stimulate our economy without driving the government deeper into debt or risking excessive inflation. I propose an alternative to controlling inflation with higher interest rates on loans. (High interest rates are a very crude tool for that purpose. Every recession since the 1950’s has been brought on by increases in interest rates, and high interest rates send the auto industry and the state of Michigan into a tailspin.)

Another advantage of my “safe stimulus” strategy is that it would provide additional money for the Social Security Trust Fund.

Details available at www.darga4congress.com

Democrat
Susan Grettenberger
Age: 58
Occupation: Social Work Professor
Municipality of residence: Lansing, MI
For how long: 22 years
Education: Ph.D. Social Work (1997) Michigan State University, Masters in Public Administration (1996) Michigan State University; Masters in Social Work (1985) University of Illinois at Chicago;  BA (1977) Albion College, Albion, Michigan
Previously held elected offices: No
Top goals: I will improve the economy so middle class and poor working families are secure. The first step is to eliminate the tax loophole rewarding companies that move jobs overseas and encouraging more green, good paying jobs in Michigan. Second, we need to assure all children have good quality, affordable education, both K-12 and college. The first bill I will propose is that student loans be offered at the same low interest rate that banks borrow at. Third, health care is a basic right. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought millions of people affordable insurance. Still, like all new policies it needs revisions to make sure it works for everyone. We need to be sure nobody has to pay more than they did before and that small, locally owned business can provide insurance for their workers, their neighbors, without being harmed. For more about issues and Grettenberger’s background, go to GrettenbergerForCongress.com.

Democrat
Jeffrey Allen Hank
Age: 32
Occupation: Attorney; good-government reform advocate
Municipality of residence: East Lansing, MI
For how long: Approximately 13 years
Education: Bachelors Degree in Political Science/Prelaw from Michigan State University; Juris Doctor degree from Detroit College of Law (now known as MSU College of Law)
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: My primary goal is to usher in an American Renaissance and lead America to greatness through strong leadership and improving people’s quality of life. This includes getting our financial house in order and protecting the social safety net. Policy-wise, I’m first focused on expanding education and eliminating student loan debt; second, building the next generation of infrastructure including roads, bridges, high speed internet and achieving energy independence through the construction of a state of the art 100% renewable energy grid, which will help alleviate poverty, create good-paying jobs, reduce income inequality, and is also a crucial factor in protecting the environment and providing national security; and third, protecting the privacy and civil liberties of all people at all times.

Democrat
Eric Schertzing
Age: 52
Occupation: Ingham County Treasurer
Municipality of residence: East Lansing
For how long: 15 years
Education: BA from Michigan State University’s James Madison College (JMCD ’85) and a Masters of Public Administration from Western Michigan University (’00).
Previously held elected offices: Ingham County Treasurer, Ingham County, 2001-present
Top goals: One, we need to invest in our nation’s infrastructure—our roads, bridges, schools, electric grid--all the building blocks our economy and prosperity depend on. Two, we need to address college affordability crisis and rein in student loans that stop young people from buying houses and achieving the American Dream. Three, we need to strengthen Social Security, which is the bedrock of security for our seniors, now and in the future. These aren’t Democratic or Republican issues: these are American issues, and I pledge to work diligently with all sides to bring us together and move our country forward. My focus has always been the people I serve, and getting the best result for them. That will always come first for me. I hope to bring that spirit to Washington and be able to accomplish great things for the people of this district. Please join me at www.ericforcongress.com


U.S. House of Representatives, District 11
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and four candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Kerry Bentivolio (I)
Age: 63
Occupation: Congressman
Municipality of residence: Milford
For how long: 32 years
Education: Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s College, Master of Education from Marygrove College
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:  - I would like to pass my bill, the Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act. It addresses the security of the personal information you give to federal websites, such as Healthcare.gov. It prohibits government agencies from launching websites until they are certified as secure. Currently, the bill has 126 cosponsors—more than any bill introduced by a freshman republican in Congress. It has already been passed out of committee and we are optimistic it will be brought to the floor of Congress.

-Repeal Obamacare

-Pass the ROAR Act to fix our roads. The bill creates road bonds – a similar concept to the war bonds we used to fund WWII. Every dollar raised would go directly to the states. The bill doesn’t raise taxes and doesn’t raise our debt. For each bond sold, there will be an equal cut to discretionary spending.

For more information, visit our campaign website at bentivolioforcongress.com.

Republican
David Trott
Age: 53
Occupation: President and CEO, Trott & Trott, P.C.
Municipality of residence: Birmingham
For how long: 14 years
Education: A.B. – University of Michigan, J.D. – Duke University
Previously held elected offices: Council of Bingham Farms
Top goals: The size and scope of the federal government is a daunting problem facing the people of Michigan. We need to cut wasteful government spending and reduce the debt and deficit. The government has grown at an unsustainable rate under the present administration and has expanded into even more areas of our lives, including our families’ health care. The best solution to this problem would be to roll back our federal spending on unnecessary programs and eliminate the costly and ineffective Affordable Care Act. The government must learn to live within its means, just as families across the country must do every day. I will also provide outstanding customer service to my district that has been lacking for so long. As a businessman, I have taken great pride in providing the best service to our customers, and I will bring that same drive to Congress.
 
Democrat
Anil Kumar
Age: 63
Occupation: Urologist
Municipality of residence: Oakland County
For how long: 30 years
Education: BACHELOR OF MEDICINE BACHELOR OF SURGERY (M.B.B.S.) UNIVERSITY OF BOMBAY
BOMBAY, INDIA
MARCH 1976 MASTER OF SURGERY GENERAL SURGERY UNIVERSITY OF BOMBAY BOMBAY, INDIA 1980
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I will return Jobs back to Michigan by negotiating with companies that have federal grants. I will also have Medicare negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to have products produced in Michigan. Make changes in the Affordable Care Act to benefit the patient by capping high deductibles and co-pays. And last, I will make higher education Affordable through debt forgiveness plans and incentivizing companies to hire local graduates with debt forgiveness plans.

Democrat
Bobby McKenzie
Age:  39
Occupation:  I am a full-time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to launching my congressional campaign, I served as Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State
Municipality of residence:  Canton
For how long: 9 months
Education:  BA Economics; Michigan State University, MA Security Studies; Georgetown University, Visiting Scholar; University of Oxford
Previously held elected offices:  N/A
Top goals: I will protect Social Security and Medicare. They are vital programs that seniors rely on, and I will oppose any attempt to cut or privatize them. It is long past due that women receive equal pay for equal work, and I will support legislation to ensure we close the pay gap. Women today should not have to endure the same challenges my mom faced at work forty years ago and should be paid the same as men. Lastly, we need to create good-paying jobs here in Michigan. In order to do that, we must invest in public education and infrastructure.  Education is the key to our economic future, and rebuilding our aging infrastructure will both put people to work in the short-term and create the economic environment necessary for businesses to thrive. We also need to help small businesses hire and end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.

Democrat
Bill Roberts
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Nancy Skinner
Age: 49
Occupation: Sustainable Economic Developer
Municipality of residence: Grew up in Birmingham/Royal Oak and lived here my entire life except for when my radio show was based in Chicago.
For how long: No answer given
Education: Guardian Angels, Clawson, MI K-8; Bishop Foley, Madison Heights, MI 9-12; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (Business Degree, Finance Major)
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1) The Economy and 2) Energy/Environment are very intertwined as my top 2 priorities.

I have been working for 21 years now on dealing with the reality of global warming and transitioning to a clean energy economy in a way that creates whole new industries and jobs here in Michigan. Michigan has the manufacturing and engineering talent needed to own the booming renewable energy market, let’s do it! We saw this brutal Michigan winter destroy our roads. We need better road materials. We need a stronger power grid to ensure our seniors are safe. We need to protect 21% of the world’s fresh water supply by switching to clean energy. 3) Woman: We can change the world but not when we make up only 18% of Congress; equal pay and reproductive rights are on the ballot! I talk more in-depth about my policies and how to achieve them at www.skinnerforcongress.com


State Senate District 13
Five candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and two candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Ethan Baker
Age: 34
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 5 years
Education: J.D. Magna Cum Laude, Whittier College School of Law; B.A. University of Southern California, Political Science
Previously held elected offices:
Top goals: Michigan families need and deserve better roads without raising gas taxes, quality education reform kept at the local level, and a business climate that will entice new businesses and jobs into Michigan and reward and retain those already here. Our gas taxes collected at the pump must all go to funding the roads; Our Education standards should and can be the highest in the nation, but made at the local level, so that our children can thrive; and Continued tax reform and across the board incentivizing for businesses will make Michigan a magnet for jobs and business growth. All of these objectives can be obtained with a smaller, smarter and more efficient government. As a Citizen-Politician, I will build new coalitions and partnerships to better our state.  As your State Senator, I will work hard every day on these issues for you and your family. Please visit www.EthanDBaker.com for more

Republican
Al Gui
Age: 50
Occupation: Mathematics instructor Oakland community college Auburn Hills campus.
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: Living in the district for almost 10 years
Education:  1.Master of Arts, major mathematics
2.Master of science in educational leadership, major Administration
3. Bachelor in pure mathematics
Previously held elected offices: No
Top goals: 1. Improve the quality of life
Repeal Michigan pension tax.

Create a state bank and bring back the 62 billion Michigan is keeping in some banks in New York. It will protect our pensions and help address the foreclosure crisis.

Also eliminate driver responsibility fees and eliminate Michigan state income tax.

2.  Improve education

Reject common core.

Reduce the number of standardized tests to two tests a year.

Eliminate multiple choices questions and shorten the number of questions. Teach moral values in K-12.

College level: At least  a 50% college tuition  cut. Als  allow community colleges to award bachelor degrees.

3.  Jobs and economy
Repair our roads by using general funds. No more tax increase.

Market Michigan oversea: I’m the only candidate who speaks French, I can help.

Also give tax incentives to all businesses that hire local people.

Opportunities to veterans and job seekers to afford owning productive farms.

Republican
Marty Knollenberg
Age: 50
Occupation: Owner of Allstate Insurance Agency
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 14 years
Education: Albion College BA, History
Previously held elected offices: State Representative: 2007-2012, Oakland County Commissioner: 2003-2004
Top goals:
• Fix our roads without raising our taxes.
• Redirect gas tax money collected at the pump that goes to state general fund to roads.
• Change axle load requirements to be more in line with neighboring states.
• Better specifications and warranties placed on our contractors.
• Repeal prevailing wage law.
• Continue to competitively bid state agency services.
• Create opportunities for job providers.
• Rein in regulations.
• Stop government picking winners and losers.
• Fix our roads without raising taxes.
• Provide the educational tools for our kids to succeed.
• Early intervention in the child’s life that teaches them the basics such as reading, writing and math.
• We must have effective and consistent teacher evaluations.
• Rewards for both teachers and students if goals are met.
• Teach for the jobs of tomorrow.
• Allow for more opportunities for vocational and technical training.

Republican
Charles J. Moss
Age: 60
Occupation: Writer, Adjunct Professor, Oakland University
Municipality of residence: Birmingham, MI
For how long: 33 years
Education: JD, University of Detroit Law School, 1979. Passed Bar 1979.)
BA, Michigan State University, James Madison College
Previously held elected offices: State Representative, 40th District, 2007-2012
Oakland County Commissioner, 2001-2006.
Birmingham City Commissioner, 1997-2000. Mayor Pro Tem, Mayor.
Top goals: 1) Continue Lansing budget reform and paying down debt. HOW: As Chairman of Appropriations, I worked with Governor Snyder and Senate to get budget done early, balanced, without smoke and mirrors I have the experience and record to return and continue the job.

2) Get Oakland County’s fair share of state funds. Oakland County is the only donor county in Michigan; we send a billion dollars to Lansing more than we get back. HOW: I have the budget experience to bring OUR MONEY back home to fix our roads, fund our schools, and pay our police, fire and first responders.

3) Fix our roads. HOW: we need to find over a billion dollars a year more, without shorting our schools or other needs. We need to overhaul our obsolete road revenue system. In Lansing I led budget reform, I know how to do it, with real solutions.


Republican
Rocky Raczkowski
Age: 45
Occupation: President, Imperium Logistics LLC
Municipality of residence: Troy,  MI
For how long: 1 Year, Life Long Oakland County Resident
Education: 1. JD,  Juris Doctor of Law,   MSU  (Graduated), 2.  MA,  Business,  CMU  (Completed), , 3.  BA,  Political Science/Psychology,  EMU  (Graduated), 4.  Command & General Staff College, US Army (Graduated), 5.  Civil Military / Psychological Operations,  JFK Special Warfare  School,  Ft Bragg, NC,  US Army  (Graduated),n6.  Infantry Officers Advanced Course, Ft Benning, GA, US Army (Graduated), 7.  Infantry Officers Basic Course, Ft Benning, GA  US Army (Graduated)
Previously held elected offices: State Representative, Majority Leader, Michigan House of Representatives  (1997-2003).
Top goals: “I am focused on improving our economy by creating diversification into the healthcare, and financial investment sectors with research, development and innovation in our region. This will allow us incredible growth without an economy that is solely tied to manufacturing. Furthermore, we need to lower classroom sizes and focus on educational excellence at the student level and encourage parental involvement. Lastly, our roads must be improved by seeking greater efficiencies in State spending, lowering Truck axel weights and demanding road builder warranties.

These are common sense proposals that have great rewards for our State if implemented by someone that has a track record of service and success.  I humbly ask for your support and would be honored to answer any questions or comments you may have by calling me directly at 248-388-4664, or visiting our website at: www.RockyWorksforUS.com.  Thank you and I hope I may be able to serve you!”

Democrat
Ryan Fishman
Age: 26
Occupation: Attorney and small business owner
Municipality of residence: Birmingham, Michigan
For how long:  3 years in Birmingham, lifelong district resident
Education: No answer given
Previously held elected offices:  First time candidate
Top goals: Jobs
Michigan needs more good paying jobs that create long-term opportunities in the 13th District. I will fight to bring new jobs in growing sectors like green energy, science and technology and the Michigan film industry.  I have written a job creation plan which is available on our website, ryanfishman.com.

Accountability to Tax Payers
I will push for spending reforms in Lansing. Lansing needs to make the same cuts they have asked taxpayers to make. I will cut my own pay on day one in order to demonstrate that spending cuts begin with our lawmakers.

Michigan’s Public Schools
I’m the son of a public school teacher and the graduate of our public schools. I will fight to restore the billions cut from education and ensure our schools stay internationally competitive. I will push for a comprehensive overhaul of our current funding model to improve the quality of education.

Democrat
Cyndi S. Peltonen
Age: 60
Occupation: Music teacher
Municipality of residence: No answer given
For how long:  No answer given
Education: Bachelor of Music, Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices:  I was elected to the Clawson Board of Education five times, serving over 20 years as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Trustee.
Top goals: Restore funding to schools and communities.
Legislators slashed school funding by $1.4 billion for corporate tax breaks. Cities and towns have 25% less money for public services than they did in 2000.

Create jobs by investing in infrastructure.

When we put people back to work fixing crumbling roads and unsafe bridges, they have money to buy goods and services. This increases demand and stimulates job growth.
Be a voice of common sense, and promote transparency in government and integrity in public service.

I have experience developing public policy and monitoring a multi-million dollar budget. Crafting good public policy requires thoughtful consideration of abundant input, respectful debate, and honest deliberation.

I will work with like-minded people in the legislature to accomplish these goals. If there are not enough votes there, I will work with people throughout the state to bring pressure on the legislature to serve the people.

www.cyndi4senate.com  www.facebook.com/cyndi4senate

 

State House of Representatives District 45
Three candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Mark Thomas Avery
Age: 43
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills
For how long: 13 years
Education: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: No
Top goals: It is difficult to give my top three issues and their solutions in this space, so I will simply say this: My issues are my constituent’s issues. My number one priority, if elected, is to find a long term solution to road funding. It is, more than any other issue by far, the most pressing thing I hear about on people’s doorstep. We need to start by looking at dedicating the sales tax collected on fuel to transportation; something we don’t currently do. I think it would be prudent to pursue a combination of construction best practices and a realignment of how we fund roads to deal with the fact that fuel usage, and therefore taxes collected, will continue to decrease as time goes on. Any solution needs to be broad based, fair to all drivers, and designed to solve the problem in the long term.

Republican
Lana Mangiapane
Age:
Occupation: Real estate
Municipality of residence: Oakland Township
For how long: Rochester Area Since 1977
Education: MTS, Rhema Int’l, WSU, REI, DCI
Previously held elected offices: Oakland Township Commissioner P&R, 4 years
Precinct Delegate, 20 years
Top goals: Roads. Safety, Security, Economic Growth, Education and Health require good Infrastructures.  Michigan spends 11.7 cents of 59.7 cents per gallon of combined fuel /sales tax. New roads and repairs do not hold up. Need to audit/change our practices of spending fuel taxes and criteria for materials and construction of roads.
Schools. Goal, “to equip students with knowledge and skills to be productive and self-sufficient in life.”  Measurement of knowledge and skills show half of students are below grade level.  We increase funding for schools without needed improvement of performance level of students.  

Promote policies that create jobs and cultivate economic growth. Keep taxes low, remove unnecessary regulations and make it easier to do business.  Limit government spending,

Stop invasion of privacy and protect families. Protect health care, pension plans, veterans’ benefits and housing for seniors. Briefings on Invasion of Privacy, Health Care, Veterans’ Benefits, Roads, Schools, and Taxes.

Republican
Michael James Webber
Age: 36
Occupation: Licensed Insurance Agent
Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills
For how long: 24 years
Education: BA in International Relations from Michigan State University; Graduate of Rochester Adams High School.
Previously held elected offices: Rochester Hills At-Large City Councilman 2007-Present, Council Vice President 2011-Present.
Top goals: Jobs & The Economy: Focus on job retention/creation, economic growth & getting government out of the way – allowing Michigan to continue moving forward.
Budget for Our Priorities: Education & Our Children; Improve Roads and Infrastructure; Strengthen Public Safety.
Tax Policy: Fight for families to keep more of what they earn; Lower the cost to live and work in Michigan. Support rolling back Income Tax hike passed during the ‘lost decade.’
Constituent Service: Focus on Customer Service role of office, Tearing down the Barriers of Bureaucracy.

Democrat
Joanna Matzinger VanRaaphorst
Age: 54
Occupation: Former Senior Management for Holiday Inn and Sheraton Hotels, Marketing
manager for Ann Arbor Convention & Visitors Bureau, Marketing for Crittenton Hospital
Medical Center Occupational Medicine and currently Marketing Manager and co-owner
of Paul VanRaaphorst DDS,MS, PC.
Municipality of residence: Oakland Township
For how long: 23 years
Education: BA Central Michigan
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: Public Education: We need to support and properly fund all public schools. All schools must be held accountable including charters schools. I am against privatizing more schools. I’ve attended 12 local PTA/PTSA meetings, met with administrators, teachers and parents to learn what harmful effects the decisions (or in-decisions) made in Lansing have on our schools

Roads: The main concern of voters is fixing our roads, yet our Republican-led Administration left for the summer without addressing this issue because it is an election year. This inaction is unacceptable.

Oil and Gas Leasing/Property Rights: Our area has been hit with the prospect of Oil and Gas drilling in high residential areas which is a grave concern for numerous homeowners. In fact, City of RH Mayor and City council are currently being sued for giving away parks for potential drilling. We need to better regulate where oil and gas drilling can take place.


State House of Representatives District 46
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Bradford C. Jacobsen
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
John Reilly
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
David Jay Lillis
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


City of Rochester Hills Proposal to repurpose expiring green space millage for local roads
In 2005, City of Rochester Hills voters authorized a special millage for ten (10) years of up to 0.3 mills to provide funding to permanently preserve green spaces and natural features within the City. The Headlee Amendment has reduced the maximum rate of that millage to .2972 mills, and it is due to expire after final levy for fiscal year 2015. It is proposed that upon expiration of the green space millage, it should be re-purposed and replaced with a tax levy of up to .2972 mills for 5 years, beginning in fiscal year 2016 and continuing through fiscal year 2020, inclusive, to be used for local roads and streets.

Shall the City of Rochester Hills re-purpose and replace the expiring green space millage of .2972 mills with a tax levy of up to .2972 mills ($0.2972 per $1,000 of taxable value) on the taxable value of all property assessed for taxes in the City for 5 years, beginning in fiscal year 2016 and continuing through fiscal year 2020, inclusive, to be used for maintenance, repair, rehabilitation and reconstruction of local roads and streets and to provide a source of matching funds to support special assessment and grant programs for local roads? This will generate an estimated $914,850 in tax revenues if levied in full in the first year.


Rochester Community School District Operating Millage Renewal Proposal
This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its full foundation allowance per pupil under Proposal A. The remaining 1.9307 mills are only available to be levied to restore millage lost as a result of a “Headlee” rollback and will only be levied to the extent necessary to restore that rollback.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Rochester Community School District, Oakland and Macomb Counties, Michigan, be renewed by 19.9307 mills ($19.9307 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2015 to 2024, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2015 is approximately $17,008,062 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2014 tax levy)?


Oakland County Public Transportation Millage Renewal
If approved, this proposal will renew and increase the .59 mills currently levied by the Oakland County Public Transportation Authority for the years 2012 through 2013, to 1.0 mills for the years 2014 through 2017, and will allow continued support to the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) for a public transportation system serving the elderly, disabled, and general public of Oakland County.

For the purpose of providing funds for the support of a public transportation system serving the elderly, disabled and general public of the County of Oakland, as a renewal and increase of the mills which expired with the 2013 tax levy, shall the limitation on the amount of taxes imposed on taxable property in the Oakland County Public Transportation Authority area be renewed and increased from .59 mills (59 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) to 1.0 mills ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) for four (4) years, 2014 through 2017, inclusive? It is estimated that 1.0 mills would generate approximately $27 million when levied in 2014.

 

State Use Tax Proposal
Approval or disapproval of amendatory act to reduce state use tax and replace with a local community stabilization share to modernize the tax system to help small businesses grow and create jobs.

The amendatory act adopted by the Legislature would:

1. Reduce the state use tax and replace with a local community stabilization share of the tax for the purpose of modernizing the tax system to help small businesses grow and create jobs in Michigan.

2. Require Local Community Stabilization Authority to provide revenue to local governments dedicated for local purposes, including police safety, fire protection, and ambulance emergency services.

3. Increase portion of state use tax dedicated for aid to local school districts.

4. Prohibit Authority from increasing taxes.

5. Prohibit total use tax rate from exceeding existing constitutional 6% limitation.

Should this law be approved?