Passed 20 to 14 in the Senate on December 19, 2008, to increase the amount that a county drain commissioner can assess district property owners for the maintenance of county drainage ditch systems, from $1,250 per mile to $2,500 per mile, or more than that with the approval of the county board. Also, to increase the amount the drain commission can spend on the maintenance of a drain before requiring county board approval, and increase the amount the board can approve. Also, to allow portions of the salaries, expenses, and fringe benefits of drain commission administrative and engineering employees to be charged to funds that hold these assessments, rather than paid by the county commission out of other tax revenue. Note: “Drain” refers to the interconnected system of man-made ditches that was created in the 19th and early 20th century to convert much of Michigan from swampland unsuitable for agriculture into arable cropland.
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The vote was 20 in favor, 14 against, and 4 not voting.
(Senate Roll Call 927 at Senate Journal 94)
Authorize higher drain tax assessments
|Barcia (D)||Brater (D)||Cherry (D)||Gleason (D)||Hunter (D)|
|Jacobs (D)||Olshove (D)||Prusi (D)||Scott (D)||Switalski (D)|
|Bishop (R)||Garcia (R)||George (R)||Gilbert (R)||Jansen (R)|
|Kuipers (R)||McManus (R)||Stamas (R)||Van Woerkom (R)|
|Anderson (D)||Clarke (D)||Schauer (D)||Whitmer (D)|
|Allen (R)||Birkholz (R)||Brown (R)||Cassis (R)||Cropsey (R)|
|Hardiman (R)||Jelinek (R)||Kahn (R)||Richardville (R)||Sanborn (R)|
SENATE LEGISLATORS WHO DID NOT VOTE
|Basham (D)||Clark-Coleman (D)||Pappageorge (R)||Patterson (R)|
SENATE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES
|n Allen (R)||n Anderson (D)||Y Barcia (D)||- Basham (D)||n Birkholz (R)|
|Y Bishop (R)||Y Brater (D)||n Brown (R)||n Cassis (R)||Y Cherry (D)|
|- Clark-Coleman (D)||n Clarke (D)||n Cropsey (R)||Y Garcia (R)||Y George (R)|
|Y Gilbert (R)||Y Gleason (D)||n Hardiman (R)||Y Hunter (D)||Y Jacobs (D)|
|Y Jansen (R)||n Jelinek (R)||n Kahn (R)||Y Kuipers (R)||Y McManus (R)|
|Y Olshove (D)||- Pappageorge (R)||- Patterson (R)||Y Prusi (D)||n Richardville (R)|
|n Sanborn (R)||n Schauer (D)||Y Scott (D)||Y Stamas (R)||Y Switalski (D)|
|Y Thomas (D)||Y Van Woerkom (R)||n Whitmer (D)|
Senate Roll Call 927 on 2007 House Bill 4688
There is a move to discharge this bill from the Senate Ag Committee where it has languished for a year and a half. This could be lame duck mischief that is more than a doubling of drain taxes. It is a new definition of who pays and for what. Citizens pay without a vote, of course.
2) Doubled taxation by Anonymous Citizen on August 8, 2007
3) Easy one. by Anonymous Citizen on May 5, 2007
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