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SCS voters decide state and county races, police and fire millage

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 20, 2016

In the Sentinel’s coverage area, voters will decide which candidates will move on to the November general election, a county veterans millage and Detroit Zoo millage renewal, along with a new police and fire millage for St. Clair Shores Aug. 2. Candidates in contested races were asked, in 150 words or less, 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 their word limit, ( … ) replaced the rest of their answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.


St. Clair Shores Police and Fire Millage
This is a new millage that replaces the expiring Police and Fire Millage to partially fund the St. Clair Shores Police and Fire Departments.
Shall the Charter of the City of St. Clair Shores be amended to authorize, for a period of three years, beginning July 1, 2017, the levy and collection of a new millage up to five (5.00) mills per $1,000.00 of taxable valuation (5.00) of state taxable value which is estimated to produce $6,929,615 of collections in the first year to be exclusively used for Police and Fire Department operations?


State House of Representatives District 18
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and three candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Renata Polonaise
Running unopposed

Democrat
Steven Joseph Fleck
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Paul R. Francis
Age: 45
Occupation: Sales mangerment / small business owner
Municipality of residence: Saint Clair Shores MI
For how long: 14
Online campaign information: www.paulfrancis2016.com
Education: Bachelor degree in Business Administration Western Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Eliminate the tax on pensions:
Our senior citizens have done a tremendous job preparing our country for the future.  They have worked hard to grow America to the current standards that we have.  We do not need to tax their pensions at any rate.  I will work to repeal the tax on pensions.
Economy
We live in a very exciting time. A time of incredible technology driven change in our national and local economies.  We need to transform Michigan, from a one-industry economy, to a diverse high-tech economy and make Michigan the high-tech hub of the Midwest.  Because a good paying job, rewarding career, and homeownership is not a Republican or Democratic idea, it’s an American idea.
Infrastructure
We need to have a long-term plan to fix and improve our roads and infrastructure, so the great state of Michigan, the birthplace of modern mass-produced automobiles, is seen as a leader (...)

Democrat
Kevin Hertel
Age: 31
Occupation: Analyst, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores
For how long: 7 Years
Online campaign information: www.HertelforHouse.com
Education: Attended Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1. Creating a Michigan economy that works for everyone, not just wealthy special interests in Lansing
2. Properly fund our public education system so that our children and teachers have the resources to be successful. 
3. Return revenue sharing to our community to fund EMS, police and fire services and improve our roads and infrastructure.
Together, we will create a Michigan economy that works for everyone by making large corporations pay their fair share in Michigan. It was not right to give the wealthiest corporations a $1.6 billion tax break while working families are asked to pay more. I want to be your voice in Lansing to fight for fairness and to ensure our community has clean water, safe roads and strong public schools.


Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 3
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two year term in November.

Republican
Ryan Hurd
Running unopposed

 

Democrat
Veronica Klinefelt (I)
Running unopposed


Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 10
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and five candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Greg Fedon
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Linda Burns Torp
Age: 68
Occupation: Benefits Administrator
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: 13 years
Online campaign information: www.LindaBurnsTorp.com
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree, Human Resources Administration, Concordia College
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate, 2010-present
Top goals: One of my top priorities is the cleanliness and safety of Lake St Clair and the Clinton River.  I will advocate for testing of the storm sewers so they can be tested for leaks and improper sanitary sewer hook ups.  Our aging water pipe infrastructure is also of concern.  We need to work together to ensure that we do not have a crisis like Flint.
Budgeting appropriately for repair and maintenance of roads and bridges is critical so they do not all fail at the same time, inconveniencing taxpayers and creating budget crises.
I will spend taxpayers’ money in a responsible, conservative way.  Government has no money that did not come from taxpayers. There is always room reassess priorities, focusing on the needs of the citizens.  Cutting non-statutory programs to save money must be considered.

Democrat
Michael A. Boyle
Age: 64
Occupation: Mechanic
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores
For how long: 50 years
Online campaign information: mikeboylescs@yahoo.com
Education: High school, trade school
Previously held elected offices: St. Clair Shores City Councilman, Macomb County Commissioner
Top goals: 1.  To continue to keep Transparent Government on the top of my list as one of the most important things that We must adhear to.
2.  To continue to improve Senior and Veteran Services.
3.  To always continue  improving the quality of our Lakes and Rivers.
How would I accomplish this ?  
I would Never be a yes man.
I Will always QUESTION and fight hard on issues that will affect the county, and the City of St.Clair Shores and Harrison Twp.

Democrat
Raymond D. Contesti
Age: 56
Occupation: Director of Self Perform Trades at Roncelli, Inc.
Municipality of residence: Harrison Twp.
For how long: 6 years in St Clair Shores & 27 years in Harrison Twp.
Online campaign information: rcontesti.com
Education: L’Anse Creuse High School North, Attended Macomb Community College and Saginaw Valley State
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top priority is to create a safe and clean community for our residents. I will work closely with our police, fire and first responder teams to ensure that they have the staff and resources necessary to do their job. One of the crown jewels of our community is our waterways, I will work with SEMCOG, local and state officials to protect and restore our lakes and rivers.
Our senior citizens and children must be our highest priority. Seniors should be able to retire with dignity and our children must have the recreation and educational resources available to them.Macomb County has a reputation of supplying a strong and dedicated workforce. These individuals are the backbone of our economy. I will support the hardworking men and women of our community by continuing the fight to repeal the “right to work” law.

Democrat
Jimmy Gwizdala
Age: 42
Occupation: CEO, Owner-Hunch Free, Inc.
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: 22 years
Online campaign information: www.Jimmygwizdala.com
Education: L’Anse Creuse High School, Macomb Community College
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: #1.  Promoting job creation
#2. Protection of our environment and water resources
#3. Technology and Innovation
• We need to be aggressive in expanding opportunities for business owners to invest in the county and promote jobs. New economic growth creates new tax dollars for our community.  I want to be the voice that encourages people- this is the place where they want to live and work.
• We need responsibility in the continued restoration of our local water resources like Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River. Offering a more green approach to preserving our environment and funding for better water & pollution control are issues that I want to fight for.
• Technology allows for better data collection, which is needed to truly understand real issues; Technology has become the primary source of communication; we need to be aware of how and where our residents obtain information and communicate with (...)

Democrat
Robert Anthony Leonetti
Age: 45
Occupation: Attorney, private practice
Municipality of residence: Harrison Twp.
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: leonetti4commsiosner
Education: BA Summa Cum laude with Honors Wayne State University ‘93
Juris Doctorate Wayne State Law School ‘96
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1. Improve infrastructure regarding waste water and roads.  I will advocate for more transparency in how county government awards contracts to meet these required services.  Transparency allows us to assure fairness, efficiency, and competency in addressing any repairs, enhancements, or expansion of our waste water systems or roads.
2. The County Senior and Veteran services, along with Mental Health, needs to be expanded, enhanced, and coordinated with other services. We have an aging population, and many young and older veterans. The goal is to keep our older population and veterans living as independent as possible, for as long as they want to and are able.
3.   Protecting and promoting Lake St. Clair, which is Macomb County’s “crown jewel,” with programs such as Michigan’s “Blue Economy.”  The lake will always be a boost for Macomb’s economy, and it distinguishes us from neighboring counties. We need to protect this important resource.

Democrat
Matt Wojcik
Age: 45
Occupation: Finance Department, Chesterfield Township
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: 1 year
Online campaign information: www.WojcikforMacomb.com
Education: Oakland University, BA- Communications, Minor- Political Science
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Environment- Protect County-wide open spaces & wetlands - vital for water quality Expand County Parks & facilitate funding for Macomb County Parks - Macomb County currently only has one county park for 850,000 residents. Reform and correct Lake St. Clair sewage discharges.
Roads- County roads and bridges are embarrassing - Harrison Twp. Bridge closures are a travesty and dangerous to safety. Work with Road Commission to fix M-59 from Hayes to Mound along with other long overdue road improvements.
Education- Help and facilitate the 4 school districts within the district with funding problems and building issues - completely support our teachers - attack by Gov. Snyder is a disgrace.
You!- Listen to you. You are the people that make this office and inform me of how and what issues are important to you to help with and correct. Not many people even know who or what their County Commissioner is (...)


Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Four candidates are running for the Republican nomination and three candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Sylvia Grot
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Debera Guenther
Age: 51
Occupation: Paralegal
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: They have to email me directly or can find me on Facebook
Education:  Two Associates Degrees, Paralegal and General Studies
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: *Main Goal - Create a database in which all communities are linked and sharing the same information, at city, county and state levels.
Through my paralegal/underwriting experience having worked for one of the largest title companies in the nation and my background in real estate, I have first-hand knowledge of issues our state and local governments face, A lack of Communication. City, county and state governments do not share the same information. The lack of communication of records not only affect the government data bases but create monetary damages to citizens and corporations in our communities.
2. Keep better track of the records at the county level.
3. Prepare a better way to make sure documents are recorded properly at the register of deeds.
4.  Create a position wherein a court “personnel” would provide affordable, paid assistance to people trying to represent themselves in court. They can review paperwork to make sure it is filled out properly and answer questions, while not giving legal advice. This could be a way to increase revenue and save the court clerks time!

Republican
Karen A. Spranger
Age: 64
Occupation: Organizational Environmental Consultant
Municipality of residence: Warren, Michigan
For how long: All my life
Online campaign information: http://www.karen4macombclerk.com
Education: Ascension Catholic School,  Warren Lincoln High School, vocational training at Van Dyke Public Schools. Lifetime of hands on work experiences and training.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The top three things I will accomplish as  Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds is  1)  Implement advanced website  technology to provide extensive  educational outreach to  all customers  2) Aggressively pursue any reported election fraud affecting the integrity of our voting processes  while eliminating real estate  fraud, and 3) Unite by seminars our  cities, villages, and townships (CVTs)  Clerks to address their obligations  under the State of Michigan statutes.
After years as a citizen advocate participating in public meetings,  I ran for the Office of Mayor in 2015.  I am very involved  with people, processes, and paperwork.  I will promote these County offices to be inclusionary for everyone. Online education and simple document checklists will increase revenue sources.  As your  elected county-wide official  custodian of records, Karen A. Spranger will provide responsive, efficient, transparent and ethical government services to the residents of Macomb County.

Republican
Julie Ann Williams
Age: 50
Occupation: Mortgage Closer/Notary public  (self-employed)
Municipality of residence: Macomb Twp 7/10/16  previously Mt Clemens
For how long: 1 day Macomb Twp, 3 years Mt Clemens
Online campaign information: www.electjulieannwilliams.com
Education: Lakeview High School/St.John’s University, Queens, NY
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1. Simplify processes for senior citizens 2. Maintain integrity of elections 3. Review operations and procedures, some areas may be working perfectly, others may need improvement. The first year will be review, unless an area has urgency for immediate action.

Democrat
Denise Doherty
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Fred Miller
Age: 42
Occupation: Macomb County Commissioner
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: 18 years
Online campaign information: www.thefredmillerspot.com
Education: BA of Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner 2011-present; State Representative 2005-2010
Top goals: My priorities as Clerk/ RoD would include creation of the “Senior Advocate” position to better meet the needs of our aging population, proactive outreach to new county residents to welcome and include them in Macomb County, and standing up against further efforts to erode voting rights. I will push the entire department to place older customers at the center of our thinking and reform the office to better serve the needs of older citizens, including doing outreach to places seniors live and socialize. Newer residents are similarly important. Again, proactive outreach to update voter registration as well as familiarize new residents with available services will help make the Clerk’s Office an important “welcome wagon” for new residents. Lastly, Carmella Sabaugh has been an outspoken advocate for voting rights and if I am able to serve as Macomb County Clerk, I will be similarly outspoken both locally and in Lansing.

Democrat
Paul Wojno
Age: 60
Occupation: Warren City Clerk
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: Warren/Center Line resident for 52 Years
Online campaign information: www.wojno4clerk.com
Education: BA Wayne State University; State Clerk Certification with 20 state required classes completed.  Michigan Municipal Clerk’s Association and Macomb County Clerk’s Association.
Previously held elected offices: 2007 to Present – Warren City Clerk; 1997-2002 - State Representative 28th District Warren/Center Line.
Top goals: 1. Utilize my experience by working with our county legislative delegation to adopt legislation that expands voter participation while reducing election cost.  This can be accomplished with voting by mail for all elections or in primary and special elections.  States such as Oregon and Washington that conduct elections by mail have seen voter participation rise and tremendous cost savings to all municipalities in their states. 
2. Expand County Clerk services to seniors, veterans and those with disabilities by providing additional dates and times for mobile clerk’s office to be in use throughout the county.  Having the endorsement of County Executive Mark Hackel, Prosecutor Eric Smith and Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, I know that I would be provided the necessary support to better serve our senior community.
3. Enhance online services for birth/death records, licensing, Register of Deeds office and “Fast Pass” appointments for citizens to avoid waiting in line.


Macomb County Public Works Commissioner
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term.

Republican
Joseph M. Hunt
Age: 50 ( Fifty )
Occupation: Computer Systems Engineer
Municipality of residence: Warren, Michigan
For how long: In Warren, a total of 25 years
Online campaign information: http://www.macombforum.com
Education: Madison Height Bishop Foley, Ferris State College, Macomb Community College, Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts
Previously held elected offices: None. 
Top goals: I plan to implement sweeping changes to positively improve the Macomb County drain and sewage networks. I’ll boldly address the outstanding financial issues that affect the municipal ratepayers. Auditors have indicated the current accounting practices of the existing drainage districts have significant deficiencies and material weaknesses. The Drain Code and County Public Improvement Acts will be enforced. Special assessments will be recalculated.
The prevalence of basement flooding is indicative of a flawed drainage network. I will jet the drains, rework our capacities and controls, while updating reservoirs and pumping stations. The continued sewage overflows from wet weather events requires cordial communications with Oakland County and the Great Lakes Water Authority. The City of Warren must tie into The Interceptor. I will not engage in contract kickbacks. In order to Save Lake St. Clair, a new Public Works Commissioner is overdue. I will use new technology and expertise if elected. 

Republican
Candice S. Miller
Age: 62
Occupation: Member of Congress
Municipality of residence: Harrison Twp., MI
For how long: 62 years
Online campaign information: http://candicemiller4macomb.com/
Education: Macomb Community College, Northwood Institute
Previously held elected offices:
Harrison Twp. Trustee 1979-1980
Harrison Twp. Supervisor 1980-1992
Macomb County Treasurer 1992-1994
Michigan Secretary of State 1995-2003
Member of Congress 2003-present
Top goals: The first priority for me as Macomb County Public Works Commissioner will be to stop the continued overflow of raw sewage into our lakes, rivers and streams. The people of Macomb County deserve clean water and I will take every action necessary to provide it.
In addition to clean water the people of Macomb County deserve clean government. I will enact transparent policies so taxpayers know how their money is being spent and customer service is dramatically improved just as I did as Michigan Secretary of State.
I also will work with other leaders in the county to streamline government to give the taxpayers the most for their hard earned money. I am proud to be endorsed by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and look forward to working with him to strengthen the county we all care so deeply about.

Democrat
Anthony V. Marrocco (I)
Running unopposed


Macomb County Sheriff
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term.

Republican
Philip Neumeyer
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Paul. M. Smith
Age: 70
Occupation: Retired Industrial Engineer
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 39 years
Online campaign information: No answer given  
Education: Detroit Cooley High School, General Motors Institute, USAF Officer Training School, USAF Pilot Training, Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: Sterling Heights City Councilman
Top goals: I will give the voters a chance to fairly elect a NEW candidate for sheriff. Far too many so-called “elected” offices operate as hereditary monarchies with fathers handing the job over to their sons or closely-connected protégées.
I will offer the services of the County Sheriff to small communities that cannot efficiently continue to operate micro-police departments.
I will make the scope of work fit the income available at current tax rates.  I will not supplement my budget with tax increases or revenue-motivated law enforcement.

Democrat
Anthony Wickersham (I)
Running unopposed


Macomb County Treasurer
Three Republicans and one Democrat are running for one four-year term.

Republican
Larry Rocca
Age: 72
Occupation: Real Estate Broker
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 11 years, I have resided in Macomb County over 40 years.
Online campaign information: LARRYROCCA.COM
Education: Graduate of Oakland University-1980- Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major: Political Science/History/Bus.
Previously held elected offices: NONE
Top goals: My top 3 priorities for the Treasurer’s Office  #1. To have an outside AUDIT. #2. Eliminate Waste and Abuse where found. #3. Create a smoother running Treasurer Office conservative and more efficient with more cooperation between all existing departments.

Republican
Erin A. Stahl
Age: 46
Occupation: Self-employed (projects involving MLB, NHL, antiques, finance, etc.)
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores (18 years) / Macomb County (23 years)
For how long: SCS-18 years / MC-23 years
Online campaign information: www.ErinStahl.com
Education:
   Masters in Finance (2006) – Walsh College
   Bachelors in Entrepreneurship - MSU
   Former SCS General Employee Pension Board Trustee
   Financial Peace University (DaveRamsey.com) class coordinator
   Senior graduate of LandmarkEducation.com
Previously held elected offices: 2003-7: St. Clair Shores Councilwoman, 2007: SCS Mayor Protem
Top goals: I’m the only elected official, I know of, who has earned their Masters in Finance and was a Market Research Analyst, DURING their time as a City Councilperson. These unique experiences trained me to look at budgets and contracts differently than government normally does. I look at trends and various other factors instead of just adding more debt hoping our problems will “magically” be solved.
I am running because we need proven leaders, like me, who are able to stand up and make the best decisions for the whole community, despite any possible pressures from social media or special interests to do differently.
The only way to truly fix the problems is to:
1) ANALYZE the budgets/contracts in a new way
2) RESPECT each tax dollar as if it was your own (and not add more devastating debt)
3) TRANSPARENCY of information including free and unlimited access to various statistics.

Republican
Paul Viar
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Derek E. Miller (I)
Running unopposed


Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term.

Republican
Michael R. Wrathell
Running unopposed

Democrat
Eric J. Smith (I)
Running unopposed


Judges of Circuit Court-16th District (nonincumbent position)
Five candidates are running for two six-year terms

Beth I. deBaptiste-Follis
Age: 45
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: 20 years
Online campaign information: www.BethforJudge.com
Education: Paw Paw High School; 1989 Albion College, B.A. in English, Concentration in Public Service; 1993 University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D.; 1996
Previously held elected offices: None.
Top goals: In a county which has consistently led the state in new home building permits, surprisingly, the Macomb Circuit Court has no court or judge dedicated to handling real property disputes exclusively. With real property disputes being constant, implementing a real property court could very well help streamline the overall system.
Furthermore, hiring an attorney to file and litigate a lawsuit in court can be very expensive and, at times, cost prohibitive. By requiring all court matters, not just some, to be filed and handled electronically, improved technology could help minimize these costs. Similarly, conducting hearings and other court matters by video conference could help reduce attorneys’ fees.
If elected, I would like to form and participate in a task force which studies (a) the effect of implementing a real property court/judge and (b) how technology can add more efficiency to our court system and make litigation more cost-effective.

Teri Lynn Dennings
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Rachel Rancilio
Age: 39
Occupation: Partner, Law Firm of Fischer, Garon, Hoyumpa, and Rancilio, Macomb Township
Municipality of residence: Macomb County
For how long: Lifelong
Online campaign information: Rancilio2016@gmail.com
Education: B.A., University of Detroit/Mercy, J.D., Wayne State University Law School
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My fourteen years as a trial lawyer in Macomb County Circuit Court have taught me one thing above all else:  that the courtroom belongs to the people, both those who appear in it, and those who are affected by what happens there.  If elected, I will stand behind the ideal that the judge and the attorneys are there to serve the people, not simply rule over them.  I will work hard to be the judge you’d most like to have on your day in court:  firm, but fair; respectful and courteous to all legal parties: and always ready to listen fully to every legal argument before rendering an opinion or verdict.  If you’re in the wrong, you’ll be held accountable; but everyone’s legal rights will be safeguarded in my courtroom.

Michael E. Servitto
Age: 38
Occupation: Macomb County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Chief of the District Court and Chief of the Cold Case Unit
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: www@ServittoForJudge.com
Education: Michigan State University – College of Law: 2003, Magna Cum Laude, Law Review - Editorial Board; Michigan State University: 1999, B.A. in Political Science, Cognate in Spanish; De La Salle Collegiate: 1995 (Warren).
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: The three most important issues are interwoven and should be addressed simultaneously. First, Macomb County is experiencing epidemic levels of addiction to prescription opiate-based painkillers and heroin. Second, mental health afflictions are contributing to much of the criminality we encounter. Finally, the Macomb County Jail continues to declare overcrowding emergencies. With inmate levels increasing, we cannot expect our jail to serve as a substance abuse and mental health treatment center. I intend to use all resources and programs available to curb the risk of recidivism while reducing our inmate population. Continued engagement has proven to be effective in establishing a network of support and increasing an addict’s chance of rehabilitative success.
Addiction and mental disorders afflict all ages and demographics. Not only do we have a moral obligation to treat these diseases, but it’s in our community’s best interest to assist these individuals in becoming productive members of society.

Armand Velardo
Age: 58
Occupation: Attorney and Managing Partner of Ruggirello, Velardo, Novara & Ver Beek, P.C.
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: www.velardoforjudge.com
Education: A. Wayne State University Law School Masters of Laws – Taxation, 1986 B. Wayne State University Law School Juris Doctor – General, 1982 C. Wayne State University Bachelor of Science – Accounting, 1980 D. Certified Public Accountant, 1983.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: A. Move cases along to reduce the cost to litigants. This can be accomplished by utilizing Early Intervention Conferences with the parties and attorneys, and by narrowing the issues each time the attorneys appear before me in a given case. B. Encourage litigants to resolve their case between themselves so they are able to control the outcome, but be ready and willing to make decisions if the litigants are unable to do so. C. Encourage attorneys to work together to be part of the solution, and not the problem.


MACOMB COUNTY VETERANS’ MILLAGE 
If approved, this proposal will increase the 0.04 mills levied by Macomb County that expires in 2018 by 0.029 mills to a revised total of 0.069 mills for two years, 2017 and 2018 and renew the increased millage for four years, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. This will continue the funding of financial aid and services for Macomb County veterans and support the administration of the Macomb County Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Macomb County Veterans’ Affairs Commission. 
Shall the 0.04 mills, (4 cents per $1,000 of taxable value), increase on the limitation on the amount of taxes imposed on taxable property in Macomb County which expires in 2018 be increased by 0.029 mills to a revised total of 0.069 mills for 2017 and 2018 and be renewed at 0.069 mills for four (4) years, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 to be levied by Macomb County on taxable real and personal property for the remaining two years of the current authorization, 2017 and 2018 and an additional four years, 2019 through 2022, inclusive, for the purpose of providing financial aid and services for Macomb County veterans and to support the administration of the Macomb County Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Macomb County Veterans’ Affairs Commission? It is estimated that a levy of 0.069 mills will raise approximately $1,756,375 in the first calendar year of the levy. For example, on a property having a residential market value of $100,000 (estimated taxable value of $50,000), 0.069 mills would be $3.45 of levied tax annually.


MACOMB COUNTY ZOOLOGICAL AUTHORITY RENEWAL MILLAGE
The Macomb County Zoological Authority was established pursuant to Public Act 49 of 2008 and formed to allow for continuing zoological services for the students, residents and visitors of Macomb County.  The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax on real and personal property to provide revenue to an accredited zoological institution for this purpose.  Accordingly, as a renewal of the previously approved millage authorization which expires with the 2017 tax levy, to continue providing zoological services to benefit the residents of the County, shall the 0.1 mill (10 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on all of the taxable property located within the County continue to be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2018 through 2027?  It is estimated that if approved and levied, this millage would generate approximately $2,563,833 in 2018.
Shall this proposal be adopted?


U.S. House of Representatives District 9
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Christopher R. Morse
Running unopposed

Democrat
Sander Levin (I)
Running unopposed