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2006 Senate Bill 959: Shift remonumentation fund money to general fund

Public Act 76 of 2006

  1. Introduced by Sen. Michael Switalski (D) on January 18, 2006, to transfer to the general fund $15 million from the state survey and remonumentation fund. General fund money supports state discretionary spending, and (mostly) comes from state taxes. Survey and remonumentation money comes from "fees" paid by citizens when recording a deed, mortgage, etc. This is considered a "fee," not a tax, because it is intended for a purpose related to private property ownership, which deed recording is designed to protect. That purpose is to replace missing and inaccurate property markers that serve as the basis for all public and private property locations.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on January 18, 2006.
      • Reported in the Senate on February 14, 2006, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on February 15, 2006, to promise to repay at a later time the amount of fees paid into the fund last year, which was $10.134 million. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 15, 2006.
  2. Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on February 15, 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on February 15, 2006.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 15, 2006.
      • Reported in the House on February 23, 2006, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Goeff Hansen (R), Rep. Rick Shaffer (R) and Rep. Howard Walker (R) on March 1, 2006, to establish as the intent of the legislature that to the extent revenue into the remonumentation fund falls below the current amount in the succeeding two fiscal years the difference will be made up with an appropriation from the general fund. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 1, 2006.
  4. Passed 77 to 30 in the House on March 1, 2006, to transfer to the general fund $15 million from the state survey and remonumentation fund. General fund money supports state discretionary spending, and (mostly) comes from state taxes. Survey and remonumentation money comes from "fees" paid by citizens when recording a deed, mortgage, etc. This is considered a "fee," not a tax, because it is intended for a purpose related to private property ownership, which deed recording is designed to protect. That purpose is to replace missing and inaccurate property markers that serve as the basis for all public and private property locations.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on March 2, 2006.
  6. Passed 22 to 15 in the Senate on March 7, 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on March 23, 2006.

Comments

Pleas  by Anonymous Citizen on February 22, 2006 
Please educate yourself before replying

Say What?  by Anonymous Citizen on February 16, 2006 
"This is considered a "fee," not a tax, "
Please Ricky, splain to me the difference between tax and fee. The government that makes nothing, sells nothing, improves nothing, earns nothing only runs on OUR MONEY. Now they are taking it from each other. Sounds great. Let's arm all the county, state and city politicians and turn em loose on each other instead of us.
At least we would end up with less politicians.

Stolen Funds  by Anonymous Citizen on February 11, 2006 
Bipartisan theft of Funds collected at the county level from citizen's to fund this program.
Funds are earmarked for this program which benefits the citizens of Michigan by protecting property lines. Shameful.

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