The November ballot will be an extremely long. It behooves you to study it before youe go to vote. This is our take on the Wayne County Questions and conservative judges.
FORM OF THE WAYNE COUNTY
BUDGET AND APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE
"SHALL THE WAYNE COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER BE AMENDED TO ADD A NEW SECTION 5.120 AND TO AMEND EXISTING SECTION 5.134 TO AUTHORIZE THE WAYNE COUNTY COMMISSION RATHER THAN THE WAYNE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO ESTABLISH THE FORM (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LUMP-SUM AND LINE-ITEM) OF THE COUNTY BUDGET AND APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE; AND TO REQUIRE THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH THE FORM OF THE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE BY DECEMBER 7, 2012 AND TO ADOPT CHANGES TO THE FORM AT LEAST TEN MONTHS BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF A FISCAL YEAR TO BE EFFECTIVE FOR THAT FISCAL YEAR; AND TO ALSO AMEND SECTION 5.121 TO REQUIRE THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO PREPARE AND SUBMIT THE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE IN THE FORM ESTABLISHED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION?"
INDEPENDENT EXTERNAL AUDITOR
"SHALL SECTION 3.119(E) OF THE WAYNE COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER BE AMENDED TO REMOVE THE RESTRICTION THAT PROHIBITS AN INDEPENDENT EXTERNAL AUDITOR FROM PROVIDING AUDIT SERVICES TO THE COUNTY FOR MORE THAN EIGHT (8) CONSECUTIVE YEARS; AND FURTHER TO REQUIRE INDEPENDENT EXTERNAL AUDITORS BE SELECTED BASED ON A COMPETITIVE PROCESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COUNTY'S PROCUREMENT ORDINANCE?"
MEMBERSHIP ON THE WAYNE COUNTY RETIREMENT COMMISSION
"SHALL SECTION 6.112 OF THE WAYNE COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER BE AMENDED TO EXPAND THE WAYNE COUNTY RETIREMENT COMMISSION'S MEMBERSHIP FROM 8 TO 9, ADDING AS A MEMBER THE WAYNE COUNTY TREASURER OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE; AND ALSO TO AUTHORIZE THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE WAYNE COUNTY COMMISSION, WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE WAYNE COUNTY RETIREMENT COMMISSION, TO APPOINT A PERSON TO SERVE AS HIS OR HER DESIGNEE ON THE RETIREMENT COMMISSION; AND TO FURTHER ALLOW EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES OF THE WAYNE COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY TO VOTE FOR AND SERVE AS MEMBERS OF THE WAYNE COUNTY RETIREMENT COMMISSION (WITH NO MORE THAN ONE MEMBER BEING AN AIRPORT EMPLOYEE OR RETIREE) UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY ESTABLISHES ITS OWN RETIREMENT SYSTEM OR PENSION PLAN?"
REMOVAL OF THE WAYNE COUNTY EXECUTIVE FROM OFFICE BY THE GOVERNOR
"SHALL THE WAYNE COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER BE AMENDED TO ADD SECTION 4.124 TO AUTHORIZE THE GOVERNOR TO REMOVE THE WAYNE COUNTY EXECUTIVE FROM OFFICE FOR THE SAME REASONS AND WITH THE SAME DUE PROCESS AS PROVIDED BY LAW FOR THE SHERIFF, PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, COUNTY CLERK, REGISTER OF DEEDS, AND COUNTY TREASURER?"
THE WAYNE COUNTY COMMISSION'S POWER TO APPROVE COMPENSATION
"SHALL SECTION 3.115 OF THE WAYNE COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER, WHICH SETS FORTH THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE WAYNE COUNTY COMMISSION, BE AMENDED TO INCLUDE THE POWER AND DUTY TO APPROVE ALL COMPENSATION OF EVERY EMPLOYMENT POSITION IN THE COUNTY, UNLESS THE COMPENSATION IS ESTABLISHED BY STATE OR FEDERAL LAW?"
WAYNE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Wayne County Community College District be increased by one dollar per thousand dollars (1 mill) of the taxable value of all taxable property in the College District for a period of ten (10) years, the tax years commencing July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2022, inclusive, as new additional millage to provide funds for community college purposes authorized by law? It is estimated that 1 mill would raise approximately $21,746,964 when first levied in 2013.
Justice of The Supreme Court-8 Year Term (2 positions)
There are eight candidates for two openings. Justice Stephen Markman is a conservative Justice running for re-election to his current seat. The second 8 year term position is for the seat currently held by Marilyn Kelly, who cannot be reelected due to age limitations. Of the other candidates running for that seat I recommend Judge Colleen O’Brien. I recommend a vote for:
· Justice Stephen Markman
· Judge Colleen O’Brien
Justice of The Supreme Court-Partial Term
Justice Brian Zahra, a conservative Justice who was appointed last year by Governor Snyder, must now be elected to complete his partial term ending 1/1/2015. Justice Zahra deserves to be elected to complete his term. My recommendation is a vote for:
· Justice Brian Zahra
3rd Circuit Judge of the Circuit Court Incumbent–6 yr. Term (16) positions
There are seventeen (17) candidates for the sixteen (16) positions. There are five (5) judges in this group of sixteen incumbents whom I consider to be conservative. They deserve your vote even if you don’t vote for any of the others. They are:
· Annette J. Berry
· Gregory Dean Bill
· Kathleen M. McCarthy
· Maria L. Oxholm
· Daniel P. Ryan
3rd Circuit Judge of the Circuit Court Non Incumbent – 6 yr. Term (3) positions
There are six (6) candidates for these three (3) positions. There are only two of them whom I consider to be conservative. I would encourage all conservative voters to vote for:
· Kevin Cox
· Kelly Ann Ramsey
3rd Circuit Judge of the Circuit Court Incumbent–Partial Term ending 1/1/2015 (2) positions
There are three (3) candidates for two (2) positions. Of the two who are incumbents, Margaret M. Van Houten is the only one that I consider to be conservative.
· Margaret M. Van Houten