Published July 22, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder signed six bills June 29 amending Michigan’s election law to eliminate February elections, which supporters say will save taxpayers money.

Prior to the amendment, elections could be held on four dates in a year, which included the fourth Tuesday in February.

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Published May 16, 2015

FRASER/CLINTON TOWN-SHIP — On May 5, after numerous months and town hall meetings in which legislators attempted to inform the public of the proposed changes to the gasoline tax, the 80-20 results marked the most lopsided loss ever for an amendment to Michigan’s constitution.

Proposal1 was deemed as convoluted by many citizens, who felt that the proposal was about too many things other than the roads.

Now, state legislators will have to work together to find another way to fix the porous road system.

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Published May 13, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— It came as no surprise to Chippewa Valley Schools administrators that Proposal 1 failed in a statewide vote on May 5.

The complicated nature of the bill, uncertainty of where funding would be directed, and mistrust of Lansing government were blamed for reasons why administrators thought the bill failed.

“I think there’s a mistrust of the lawmakers in general,” Chippewa Valley school board President Frank Bednard said. “I think that’s what was brought forward (May 5) in the vote.”

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Published May 10, 2015

WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts will face just one challenger, resident Karen Spranger, in his run for a third four-year term as Warren’s top administrator.

The withdrawal of two other candidates and the death of a third — career journalist Hawke Fracassa passed away suddenly April 30 — means there will not be a mayoral primary in August.

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Published May 6, 2015

Michigan voters crushed Proposal 1 with 80 percent of voters against it and 20 percent for it. In Macomb County, the percentages were even more lopsided — 87.2 percent against it and 12.8 percent for it.

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Published May 5, 2015

Voters in the Farmington Public Schools district took to the polls May 5 to decide a $131.5 million, two-series bond proposal, with the measure passing by 58.38 percent, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division.

“We are very grateful and very pleased they (the community) supported us with the volume of the ‘yes’ votes we got,” FPS Superintendent George Heitsch said after the polls closed.

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Published May 5, 2015

Michigan roads are a disaster. That’s no surprise, as residents in C & G Newspapers’ coverage area have voiced their concerns about the dilapidated roads and growing potholes.

Voters were asked to decide on a proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution, increasing the sales/use tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. And on May 5, 80 percent of voters turned down Proposal 1, 1,405,716 votes to 349,813 votes, according to the state of Michigan’s unofficial election results.

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Published April 27, 2015

WARREN — As expected, the list of candidates running for city offices in Warren swelled at the filing deadline April 22. But it remains to be seen who’ll run where, and who will ultimately be deemed eligible to run.

The answers to those questions now hinge on events scheduled for May 4.

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Published April 23, 2015

BERKLEY — Several years of studying the Berkley School District’s infrastructure led the administration to form a list of improvements to make, and on May 5, residents will vote on whether or not to approve a $58.9 million bond for improvements.

In 2013, the district hired Integrated Design Solutions to study the district’s infrastructure, and IDS submitted a 512-page report outlining several issues and recommendations that totaled $120 million. The district then brought in SHW/Santec to comb through the study and highlight the most critical needs.

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Published April 23, 2015

FERNDALE — Ferndale residents will vote on two ballot proposals May 5 that would allow the city to levy nearly 11 mills for residential streets and city parks, and continue the same city services.

The first proposal is asking residents whether or not to approve a renewal of the 2011 Headlee override that currently levies about 5.4 mills and is set to expire Dec. 31. The Headlee renewal would bring in about $2.6 million annually for the city, or about 15 percent of the city’s revenue.

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Published April 22, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — “It’s a long time coming,” Farmington Public Schools Superintendent George Heitsch said after a Jan. 13 unanimous school board vote approving a $131.5 million, two-series bond proposal for May 5.

The proposal came from a Capital Planning Advisory Committee recommendation. CPAC members include parents, community leaders and others.

The bond proposal comes in the wake of two bond issues that voters shot down in November 2014 and August 2013.

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