Elections

Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE — Before Election Day on the second Tuesday of November later this year, there will be an Aug. 2 primary election for municipalities all over Michigan.

One question that Ferndale residents should keep an eye on is a measure that would give the Ferndale School District a sinking fund to help maintain and provide upgrades for the schools in the district.

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Published May 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township resident Charles Karafa has been a politician for just a little more than a month, but he has his eyes set on Lansing for this fall.

Karafa, a Republican candidate for the 33rd District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives this August, is hoping to bring an extensive background in technology and job services to the state Legislature.

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Published May 18, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield residents will decide the fate of the Parks and Recreation Commission’s millage renewal in the Aug. 2 election. 

If the millage is renewed, West Bloomfield will be authorized to continue levying up to 0.3892 mill for a 10-year period, from 2018 to 2027. For a household with a taxable value of $100,000, it would cost the homeowner $38.92 per year. 

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Published May 11, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Voters will decide whether or not the Macomb County Veterans Service Department will see increased funding following a millage proposal vote this August.

On May 5, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved unanimously the language that will appear on the ballot for the Aug. 2 primary election day vote.

“I’m pleased, because now we can offer more services starting next year, or at least move forward to expanding,” said Laura Rios, director of the Veterans Services Department.

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Published May 10, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The race for Oakland County water resources commissioner took a sad turn last month when Republican candidate Paul Welday died at the age of 57.

Welday, a principal partner at Superior Capitol Consulting and a political strategist, died on April 25 from currently unknown causes. Before passing away, he had registered to run as a Republican for the position of Oakland County water resources commissioner.

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Published May 9, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library is seeking a half-mill millage increase on the August primary election ballot following unanimous approval by the City Council April 26.

Library Director Jackie Harvey said that over the past few years, the library has been forced to dip into its reserve fund — essentially its savings account — to balance its budget. The library has already made cuts over the past few years, she said, and the Library Commission feels that a millage increase is the way to proceed.

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Published May 4, 2016

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Improved security, updated technology, interior and exterior door replacements, improvements to heating and cooling systems, new school buses, and parking lot and sidewalk replacement are among the projects on the horizon for Warren Consolidated Schools after voters approved a bond issue during the May 3 general election.

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Published May 4, 2016

With 18 percent of the more than 17,000 registered voters casting a ballot, Lake Shore Public Schools will be able to improve buildings, technology and more with the help of a $35 million bond approved by voters May 3.

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Published May 2, 2016

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Warren Consolidated Schools residents will head to the polls May 3 to vote on the district’s $134.5 million bond issue.

If the bond issue passes, it will fund a number of updates throughout the district, including technology, security, and facility upgrades.

“We’re optimistic,” Acting Superintendent Sharon Irvine said. “We certainly have been appreciative of the level of support from the community.”

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Published April 27, 2016

After listening to an overview of the proposed $138.3 million 2016-17 budget at an April 22 study session, the Troy City Council agreed by consensus to proceed and consider the budget as submitted.

The proposed 2016-17 budget includes a decrease in the city millage rate, from 10.5 mills to 10.4 mills, and it includes a fund balance of over 27 percent. 

Troy City Assessor Nino Licari said homeowners’ taxes will be reduced, but the actual reduction to the average homeowner was not available at press time.

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Published April 27, 2016

UTICA — On April 20, the Utica Public Library board voted unanimously to pursue placing a 0.4-mill increase on the city’s ballot for the Aug. 2 election.

The library’s current millage rate is 0.84 mills. The average residential taxpayer in Utica currently pays approximately $44 per year for library services. With a 0.4-mill increase and based on the average, residents would pay $20.94 more per year.

A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value.

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Published April 26, 2016

FERNDALE — Former Ferndale mayor and current community liaison for the Oakland County Water Resources Commission Craig Covey has decided to throw his name in for the position of Oakland County sheriff.

Covey, a Democrat who also previously served as an Oakland County commissioner, decided to run, as he wanted voters in Oakland County to have a different choice at election time.

“Republicans have had a stranglehold on county offices for decades,” he said. “I guess I just wanted folks to be able to have a choice this time around.”

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Published April 26, 2016

The April 19 filing deadline has passed, and now Macomb County has an official list of Democratic and Republican candidates for the state’s 30th House District race.

Seven candidates are vying to fill the state House seat, which will have no incumbent candidate running. State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, is the current occupant, but he is term-limited.

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Published April 25, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — No boring uncontested races here.

It looks like it’s going to be an interesting election season in Bloomfield Township. Challengers have emerged for supervisor, treasurer, clerk and trustee positions — most of which had been unopposed for several years — according to Oakland County’s election filing records.

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Published April 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Richard Batchelder, a Shelby Township resident and retired firefighter who filed to run for supervisor in the Aug. 2 election, said Supervisor Rick Stathakis assaulted him before the April 19 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Police said Batchelder filed a police report regarding the incident and that they are investigating, but police declined to comment on the case because it is still under investigation.

Stathakis denied the claim.

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Published April 25, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Millage renewals for township parks and the Older Persons’ Commission, which also includes an OPC millage increase, are planned for the August primary election.

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Formal complaints have been filed with the Secretary of State’s Office against three elected township officials for allegedly violating the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. 

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Published April 20, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A police millage and a safety path and trails network millage will be on the upcoming November general election ballot.

“The police millage is strictly a renewal,” Oakland Township Supervisor Terry Gonser said at the April 12 Board of Trustees meeting. “Safety paths is a reduction.”

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Published April 20, 2016

UTICA — The Utica Public Library has slimmed its hours, staff and services in recent years, and Director Marsha Doege said she plans to submit more reductions in her next budget, including taking a salary cut herself and slashing hours further.

“The 2008 debacle hit the library hard, along with the erosion of mills and loss of personal property taxes — just a whole lot of things that made us struggle,” Doege said. “We’ve been in survival mode, but now it’s to the point where we need to request help from the taxpayers.”

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Published April 14, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Looking to retain his position as Macomb County public works commissioner, Anthony Marrocco officially filed to run for re-election on April 4.

The Democrat’s challengers in the Aug. 2 primary election are Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, and Warren Republican Joseph Hunt.

A lifelong Macomb County resident, Marrocco, 67, has held the elected position for six terms (24 years) after former Commissioner Thomas Welsh’s retirement.

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