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Regional enhancement millage ‘is critical’ for AMA ESD

January 1, 2013

ALPENA - During the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District regular board meeting, Superintendent Brian Wilmot said the regional enhancement millage is critical to the future of local......

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Jan-04-13 10:33 AM

Why haven't we read any articles with some of the the complaints residents have? Everything seems to be a press release from the ISD. What about the fact 1/2 of the tax money Alcona County residents will generate with this new millage end up in Alpena? Same for the other counties. Why 10 years and not 2 or 3 years? What will they do with the money? More business as usual without a concrete plan? What if the state decides to increase school funding and this extra millage counts against us in the formula since we show a higher tax base? Just telling us vote yes if you love children is a worn out tactic. We demand more in these economic times.

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Jan-03-13 12:02 PM

Education is important to a region and businesses look at this in addition to an array of other areas in a community prior to relocating or establishing and seeing requests for millages fairly evenly throughout the years to include other organizations informs businesses and interested citizens considering relocating to Alpena that this community is not financial stable. With APS, they’ve grown too big, lost and continue to lose students and the administration still believes they need to maintain the status-quo. Start selling off unused property and consolidate. Think like the common person who has to rethink their personal and family finances daily in today’s economics. The trend continues wherein reductions in funding and student enrollment continue. The AMA-ESD, who is like a union for schools districts, is acting just like the congressional leadership which is raising taxes to cover the costs that have been incurred over decades.

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Jan-02-13 2:54 PM

Except that this has already been paid for. Proposal A from 1995 shifted part of school funding from homestead property tax to the state sales tax. Remember? If the money isn't coming from Lansing where we send the sales tax in the first place, perhaps we should start electing competent people who remember the property tax revolt of the 90's. I have no doubt that my neighbors will vote this 'enhancement' in. Look at all the trivial things they've used the awful power of taxation for in the past. Taxes here will soon be just like Oakland County.

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