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2007 House Bill 4688: Authorize higher drain tax assessments (Senate Roll Call 927)
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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)

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Vote
In Favor In Favor
Against Against
Not Voting Not Voting
 Undecided
Republican
425842%
475347%
9919%
21 total votes
Democrat
643664%
237723%
118911%
17 total votes

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Authorize higher drain tax assessments

IN FAVOR

SENATE DEMOCRATS

Barcia (D)Brater (D)Cherry (D)Gleason (D)Hunter (D)
Jacobs (D)Olshove (D)Prusi (D)Scott (D)Switalski (D)
Thomas (D)    

SENATE REPUBLICANS

Bishop (R)Garcia (R)George (R)Gilbert (R)Jansen (R)
Kuipers (R)McManus (R)Stamas (R)Van Woerkom (R) 


AGAINST

SENATE DEMOCRATS

Anderson (D)Clarke (D)Schauer (D)Whitmer (D)

SENATE REPUBLICANS

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

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Re: 2007 House Bill 4688 (Authorize higher drain tax assessments )  by mdcc on December 9, 2008 

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.


 



Doubled taxation  by Anonymous Citizen on August 8, 2007 
Under this bill you pay twice the drain taxes you used to. Under this bill you pay taxes under new circumstances. And the taxes you pay don't even have to be for "constructed" drains (old language), they can be "established" or paper drains (new language). What exactly will we be paying for?

Easy one.  by Anonymous Citizen on May 5, 2007 
Because the construction unions have promised their vote in exchange for more government largess.

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