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It is hard to believe that we are approaching the mid-point of the year and the mid-point of summer. But with the Lenawee County Fair just a few weeks away, July 23rd - 29th, we know summer is slipping by fast!
This spring the Taylor Road Park received some overdue attention. With assistance from the Department of US Fish and Wildlife and Pheasants Forever, trails have been improved and control of water and drainage on the property have been addressed. New areas have also been opened for wildlife habitat. An expanded parking lot was available for use on June 10th as a manned rest stop by the League of Bicyclists for their Gravel Grinder course. It is great to see this park get the use and attention that it deserves.
We are losing a couple of valuable employees to retirement this summer. Curtis Parsons has served as our Emergency Manager for over seven years and will be retiring on July 6th. He has improved our emergency preparedness and also contributed his skills to the state and national efforts by volunteering on boards at both levels. We thank Curtis for his service and wish him the best as he takes off on his retirement journey.Also leaving us this summer is Jennie Ramos who has completed more than 19 years of service to county residents with her work at MSU Extension. Jennie has assisted countless people over that time through the Health and Nutrition programs and as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. We will miss Jennie and her dedication and wish her a long and happy retirement!
At their June 14th meeting, the Board of Commissioners received the 2016 Audit. The County is required to have an independent audit performed each year. The audit performed by Rehmann Robson, and reported by Nathan Balderman, was a “clean” audit in that there were no findings that the County was required to respond to or make changes in financial operations. The end position for 2016 was a break-even situation with a slight gain in the General Fund and an offsetting loss in the Delinquent Tax Fund. I appreciate the financial team at the County and the conscientious efforts of County departments to manage public funds.Also at their board meeting the board received a petition from the Tax Allocation Board to place renewal of the 1968 tax limitations on the ballot for the voters of the county to consider. The Tax Allocation Board worked during April and May to review local government finances and to determine the best course of action to recommend to the Board of Commissioners. The petition was the result of those weeks of deliberation.
The Lenawee County Board of Commissioners, by unanimous vote, received the petition from the Tax Allocation Board and placed the renewal on the November 7, 2017 ballot. The board will consider ballot language at their July 12th board meeting.
So that Lenawee County voters are fully informed, the Board of Commissioners has contracted for an informational campaign to be prepared and presented over the four months between now and the November 7th election. There is a great deal of information to sort through and it will be distributed in a series of releases over the summer and fall. The first set of information starts next week and we will have a good deal of information by late July.
Which brings us back to the Fair. We look forward to seeing you at the Lenawee County Fair and will be happy to share information about this important ballot issue with you as you enjoy all that the Fair has to offer!
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