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  • All The State And Branch County Ballot Proposals

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    PROPOSAL 12-1

    A  REFERENDUM ON PUBLIC ACT 4 OF 2011 – THE EMERGENCY

    MANAGER LAW

    Public Act 4 of 2011 would:

     Establish criteria to assess the financial condition of local government units, including school districts.  Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financial emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials.  Require EM to develop financial and operating plans, which may include modification or termination of contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services, and use of assets until the emergency is resolved.  Alternatively, authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a local government approved consent decree. 

     Should this law be approved?

     

     

    PROPOSAL 12-2

     

    A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

     This proposal would:

     Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions.  Invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees’ financial support of their labor unions.  Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking.  Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict with collective bargaining agreements.  Define “employer” as a person or entity employing one or more employees.

     

    Should this proposal be approved?

     

     

    PROPOSAL 12-3

     A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH A STANDARD

    FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

     This proposal would:

     Require electric utilities to provide at least 25% of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources, which are wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower, by 2025.  Limit to not more than 1% per year electric utility rate increases charged to consumers only to achieve compliance with the renewable energy standard.   Allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25% standard in order to prevent rate increases over the 1% limit.  Require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use ofMichiganmade equipment and employment ofMichiganresidents. 

     

    Should this proposal be approved?

       

    PROPOSAL 12-4

     A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH THE MICHIGAN QUALITY HOME CARE COUNCIL AND PROVIDE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR IN-HOME CARE WORKERS

     This proposal would:

     Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC).  Continue the current          exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws. Require MQHCC to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who pass background checks, and provide financial services to patients to manage the cost of in-home care.   Preserve patients’ rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC registry who are bargaining unit members.  Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment.

     

    Should this proposal be approved?

      

    PROPOSAL 12-5

     A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO LIMIT THE ENACTMENT OF NEW TAXES BY STATE GOVERNMENT

     This proposal would:

     Require a 2/3 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, in order for the State of Michigan to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers or expand the base of taxation or increasing the rate of taxation.

     This section shall in no way be construed to limit or modify tax limitations otherwise created in this Constitution.

     

    Should this proposal be approved?

     

     

    PROPOSAL 12-6

     A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

     This proposal would:

     Require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election and in each municipality where “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” are to be located before the State of Michigan may expend state funds or resources for acquiring land, designing, soliciting bids for, constructing, financing, or promoting new international bridges or tunnels.  Create a definition of “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” that means, “any bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as ofJanuary 1, 2012.”

     Should this proposal be approved?

     

    BRANCH COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT

    ROAD PATROL MILLAGE PROPOSAL

    Shall the County of Branch, Michigan, impose an increase of up to .75 mill ($.75 per $1,000.00 of taxable valuation) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of Michigan Constitution of 1963, as amended, against all real and personal property in the County for a period of five years, commencing with the tax year 2012 through the tax year 2016, for providing funds for Road Patrol and its enforcement functions of the Branch County Sheriff’s Office?  The estimate of the revenue the County will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2013 is approximately $975,000.00.

      

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP

     MILLAGE PROPOSAL, FIRE PROTECTION AND EQUIPMENT

     Shall Butler Township impose an increase of up to 1.00 mills ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution and levy it for 5 years, 2012 through 2016 inclusive, for fire protection and equipment, which 1.00 mills increase will raise an estimated $37,011 in the first year the millage is levied?

     

     

    UNION TOWNSHIP

     MILLAGE RENEWAL CEMETERY AND FIRE PROTECTION

     Shall the expired previous voted increases in the tax limitations imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Union Township, of 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) be renewed at the original voted 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for 4 years, 2013 through 2016 inclusive, for the purpose of maintenance and operating the cemetery and fire protection, raising an estimated $50,828 in the first year the millage is levied?

      

    VILLAGE OF UNION CITY

    POLICE PROTECTION AND EQUIPMENT MILLAGE

     Shall the Village of Union City levy a total of 4 mills ($4.00 per $1,000) on taxable value of property located in the Village of Union City for 10 years beginning with the 2013 tax levy year and running through 2022 tax levy year (inclusive), which will raise in the first year of such tax levy an estimated revenue of $79,772 to be used for the specific purpose of continuing to operate the Village of Union City Police Department? If approved this would be a new additional millage.

       

    BRONSON COMMUNITY SCHOOL

    I.  OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

     This proposal will allow the school district to levy a portion of the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive a portion of its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2013 tax levy.

     Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 17.7264 mills ($17.7264 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Bronson Community School District,  Branch and St. Joseph Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 19 years, 2014 to 2032, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $745,351 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?

      

    BRONSON COMMUNITY SCHOOL

    II.  OPERATING MILLAGE PROPOSAL

     This proposal will allow the school district to levy a portion of the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive a portion of its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.

     Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except  principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Bronson Community School District,  Branch and St. Joseph Counties, Michigan, be increased by .2736 mill ($0.2736 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 19 years, 2014 to 2032, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $11,765 (this millage is to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963)?

      

    CAMDEN-FRONTIERSCHOOL DISTRICT

     

    BONDING PROPOSAL

    ShallCamden-FrontierSchool, Hillsdale andBranch Counties,Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed One Hundred Seventy Thousand Dollars ($170,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of:

     acquiring and installing educational technology and equipping and re-equipping school facilities for educational technology?

     The following is for informational purposes only:

     The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2013, is 0.5 mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).  The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is four (4) years.  The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 0.50 mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

     (Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)

     

     

    LITCHFIELD COMMUNITY SCHOOL

     MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX LEVY

     Shall the currently authorized millage rate of .75 mill ($0.75 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) which may be assessed against all property in Litchfield Community Schools, Hillsdale, Jackson, Calhoun and Branch Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 2 years, 2013 and 2014, inclusive, to continue to provide for a sinking fund for construction or repair of school buildings and all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2013 is approximately $79,000 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2012 tax levy)?

      

    QUINCY COMMUNITY SCHOOL

    MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

    BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX LEVY

     Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in Quincy Community Schools, Branch and Hillsdale Counties, Michigan, be renewed by and the board of education be authorized to levy not to exceed 1.5 mills ($1.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2014 to 2018, inclusive, to continue to provide for a sinking fund for the purchase of real estate for sites for, and the construction or repair of, school buildings and all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $312,348?

     

     

    READING COMMUNITY SCHOOL

     I.  MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX LEVY

     Shall the currently authorized millage rate of 1.9 mills ($1.90 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) which may be assessed against all property in Reading Community Schools, Hillsdale and Branch Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 3 years, 2013, 2014 and 2015, inclusive, to continue to provide for a sinking fund for the purchase of real estate for sites for, and the construction or repair of school buildings and all other purposes authorized by law;  the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2013 is approximately $253,771 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2012 tax levy)?

      

    READING COMMUNITY SCHOOL

     

    II.  OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

     This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2013 tax levy.

     

    Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Reading Community Schools, Hillsdale and Branch Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 5 years, 2014 to 2018, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $698,161 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?

       

    UNION CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

     MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX LEVY

     Shall the currently authorized millage rate of 1 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) which may be assessed against all property in Union City Community Schools, Branch and Calhoun Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 6 years, 2013 to 2018, inclusive, to continue to provide for a sinking fund for the purchase of real estate for sites for, and the construction or repair of school buildings and all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2013 is approximately $130,000 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2012 tax levy)?

     

     

     

  • Check Out The Drum Line

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    I got the chance to be the announcer for the Coldwater High "Band-O-Rama" this past Thursday, which featured the marching band and drum corps.

    Here's how the Drum Line sounded on stage at Coldwater High

  • It's A Wild Deer Camp On Stage This Weekend At The Tibbits

    Posted by Ken Delaney

     

    Big Betty Balou, played by Kiersten Voorhies, makes quite an impression when she walks into the Soady Deer camp in Escanaba in Love this weekend at Tibbits Opera House. Richard Baker plays Albert Soady, Jr who has married Big Betty after winning her in a kissing contest. He brings her to deer camp where she has to prove she is worthy of being a Soady. Also in the show Alan Elliot as Albert Soady, Sr., John Payonk as Alfont Soady and Benjamin Lee Jackson as Salty Jim. Performances are at 7pm on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, and 2pm on Sunday, October 1. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for Tibbits members and $15 for students. This show is PG-13 with some language and situations. Tickets are available at www.Tibbits.org or by calling 517-278-6029.

  • Older Americans Health Fair-Taste of Home Ticket Winners

    Posted by Ken Delaney

     

    During the annual Older American's Health Fair Tuesda at the Dearth Center, we registered folks to win tickets to the Taste of Home Cooking Scholl and Expo this Saturday at the Hillsdale United Brethern Church. Each of our winners receives two General Admission tickets:

    Betty Riddle

    Marilyn Byers

    Linda Dostal

    Carol Malovey

    Listen Thursday morning for your chance to win VIP Plus tickets to the cokking school.

     

  • Ernie Baker-This Week's Birthday Club Winner

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Congratulations to Ernie Baker, this week's winner of a $25 Meijer gift card, just for being  member of the Morning Birthday Club.  Ernie celebrated his birthday Wednesday, October 3.

     

  • Bloom's Win Dancing With Celebrities With Tango

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Sharon Duchi-Boom and Doug Bloom won first place Saturday night at the fifth annual “Dancing with the Celebrities” at the Tibbits Opera House.  The Blooms danced the Argentina Tango which won them the coveted, disco ball trophy beating out five other couples in the friendly competition on Sat., Sept. 15, 2012. The audience rewarded the duo with a huge round of applause when the three judges, Dixie Koenemann, Lisa Dove and Randall Hazelbaker gave them a perfect score of 30.

    Five other dancing couples participated in the annual Tibbits Boosters fundraiser: Sharon Alexander and Mark Heydlauff, Ruth and Stephen Bortner, Erika Celeste and Mike Marturello, Kara Hawley and Ethan Oberlin, and Bridgett Taylor and Chris Russell.

    Tibbits Booster President Diane Riegel said “Dancing” money over the past four years combined has totaled more than $15,000, which is donated to Tibbits. Riegel says early estimates place this year’s total raised to a little more than $4500. Winners are determined by the amount of money they raise by asking for monetary votes by placing canisters throughout Branch County for the past three months. Voting was also by on-line and at the night of the event.

    Other entertainment was provided by the 2011 first place winners Mary Smith and Dan Lewis dancing their winning waltz in the annual showcase dance. Quincy middle school students Merideth Michael and Victoria Waligora danced their routine to “The Evolution of Dance” which had previously won them second place in the Tibbits Teen Advisory Board 2012 talent show. A dancing flash mob materialized and performed to the Black Eyed Pea’s “I Gotta a Feeling” to a surprised and appreciative audience.

    Mrs Michigan 2007 Laura Loveberry was the Mistress of Ceremonies and kept the audience laughing and enjoying all the festivities. Comic relief was provided by EMT Jody Lewis with first aid, Bill Milnes handling the “Kiss and Kry” booth, and the accountant Ginger Kessler, who was handcuffed to the security task force of Morris and Odom.

     The Boosters graciously thank Mary Gail and Ralph Stevens for sponsoring the Afterglow held in the Tibbits art gallery afterwards with Jacqui Lyon providing the wonderful punch. A big thank you to the dancing committee of: Karen Hargreave, Jacqui Lyon, Kay Riegel, Amy Fenner, Diane Riegel and Carolyn Stewart.

     

  • Coldwater High Homecoming Schedule

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Coldwater High School Homecoming Schedule 2012

     Monday the 17th – Thursday the 20th

    • Door Decorating for all CHS Classrooms
    • Voting for Homecoming Court

     Friday the 21st

    • Door Decorating Winners announced 6th Hour
    • Homecoming Court announced during 6th hour.

     Monday the 24th

    • Dress-Up Day is “Candy Land”
    • Paint the Town Red: Paint Downtown 3:00- 4:30, judging at 4:45 p.m.
    • Home Sporting Event: JV & Varsity Boys Tennis vs. Sturgis @ 4:00 & 5:30 p.m. 

    Tuesday the 25th

    • Dress-Up Day is “Clue”
    • Movie “Clue” Shown at lunch 

    Wednesday the 26th

    • Dress-Up Day is “Monopoly”
    • Cookie Sales between 2nd & 3rd Hours
    • Class Games 5-8:30 (Soccer, Powder Puff, Tug-of-War, Class Games) @ Cardinal Field
    • Volleyball Games 8:30-10:00 @ New Gym

     Thursday the 27th

    • Dress-Up Day is “Jumanji”
    • Movie “Jumanji” Shown at lunch
    • Fence Decorating 3:00-4:30, judging @ 4:45
    • Rock Decorating 5:00-6:00 (Court Members)
    • Home Sporting Event: Volleyball vs. Marshall @ 5:30 & 7:00 p.m.
    • Pep Rally in Bus Garage Parking Lot 8-10:00 p.m.

     Friday the 28th

    • Dress-Up Day is “Red & White”
    • Conclusion of Change Challenge @ end of C lunch
    • Pep Assembly with Dance Off 1:30-2:40
    • Parade line up is 4:30, parade begins @ 5:00
    • Football Game @ 7:00 vs. Marshall
      • Announcement of King and Queen @ half time
    • Dance- 9:00 (or after game if earlier) -11:00
  • Legendary Peter Yarrow Coming To The Tibbits Opera House

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    COLDWATER – Combining both the views of the emotional songwriter and the American political activist, few have managed to be as inspiring as world-renowned singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow who will perform at Tibbits Opera House on September 29, 2012 – sharing messages of humanity, hope and activism through the music that he loves so much.

    To those people privileged enough to experience the 1960s, one need only reference the group Peter, Paul & Mary to recognize the most well-known pieces of Peter’s work. These talented musicians formed a US folk-singing trio whose nearly 50-year career posterized 1960s folk music. The trio was composed of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers.

    As their fame grew, Peter, Paul and Mary developed a passion for political and social activism. In 1963, the trio marched with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in both Selma, Alabama, and Washington, D.C. They sang at the 1969 March on Washington, which Yarrow, himself, helped to organize.

     To the younger generations: Even if you don’t recognize Yarrow or the group by name, you will surely recognize their all-time greatest hit “Puff, the Magic Dragon” – a song that still frequents children’s TV shows and radio stations all across the country.

     Other popular songs in the Yarrow repertoire include “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Light One Candle” and “Day is Done.” For his Tibbits appearance Yarrow will be accompanied by his daughter, Bethany, and master cellist, Rufus Cappadocia, both outstanding musicians in their own right. 

    Though much of Peter’s activism has been directed toward the social/political arena, Peter has been equally active on behalf of more personal projects such as his advocacy on behalf of the Hospice Movement. He is a board member of the Connecticut Hospice. Also in the health care arena, Peter founded the “Save One Child” Fund at Beth Israel Hospital’s Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN) in 1996 which provides free medical care for, and saves the lives of, children from all over the world whose families can not afford their critically needed neurosurgery.

    In an effort to combat school violence, Yarrow also spearheaded Operation Respect, which brings a curriculum of tolerance and respect for the differences of others to children all across the country. This program has joined forces with others like it to address issues such as bullying and to reduce the rate of things like anger-driven shootings and youth suicide.

    Peter Yarrow in concert begins at 8 pm. Tickets for this inspiring performance are $27 for adults, $15 for students and $24 for Tibbits members. Tickets are available on line at www.Tibbits.org, by phone at 517-278-6029, or weekdays at the business office at 93 West Chicago St.  The performance is held at the historic Tibbits Opera House, 14 South Hanchett Street, Coldwater, MI.

     

  • Susan Frye Is Our Latest Birthday Club Winner

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Congratulations to Susan Frye, who wins a $25 Meijer gift card, just for being a member of our Morning Birthday Club.  Susan celebrated her birthday on Tuesday, August 28th.