STATE PROPOSALS PROPOSAL 06-1 A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE THAT MONEY HELD IN CONSERVATION AND RECREATION FUNDS CAN ONLY BE USED FOR THEIR INTENDED PURPOSES The proposed constitutional amendment would: • Create a Conservation and Recreation Legacy Fund within the Constitution and establish existing conservation and recreation accounts as components of the fund. • Use current funding sources such as state park entrance and camping fees; snowmobile, ORV and boating registration fees; hunting and fishing license fees; taxes and other revenues to fund accounts. • Establish the current Game and Fish Protection Fund and the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund within the Constitution. • Provide that money held in Funds can only be used for specific purposes related to conservation and recreation and cannot be used for any purpose other than those intended. Should this proposal be adopted? PROPOSAL 06-2 A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO BAN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAMS THAT GIVE PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS BASED ON THEIR RACE, GENDER, COLOR, ETHNICITY OR NATIONAL ORIGIN FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION OR CONTRACTING PURPOSES The proposed constitutional amendment would: • Ban public institutions from using affirmative action programs that give preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or contracting purposes. Public institutions affected by the proposal include state government, local governments, public colleges and universities, community colleges and school districts. • Prohibit public institutions from discriminating against groups or individuals due to their gender, ethnicity, race, color or national origin. (A separate provision of the state constitution already prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.) Should this proposal be adopted? PROPOSAL 06-3 A REFERENDUM ON PUBLIC ACT 160 OF 2004 - AN ACT TO ALLOW THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A HUNTING SEASON FOR MOURNING DOVES Public Act 160 of 2004 would: • Authorize the Natural Resources Commission to establish a hunting season for mourning doves. • Require a mourning dove hunter to have a small game license and a $2.00 mourning dove stamp. • Stipulate that revenue from the stamp must be split evenly between the Game and Fish Protection Fund and the Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund.
• Require the Department of Natural Resources to address responsible mourning dove hunting; management practices for the propagation of mourning doves; and participation in mourning dove hunting by youth, the elderly and the disabled in the Department's annual hunting guide. Should this law be approved? PROPOSAL 06-4 A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT GOVERNMENT FROM TAKING PRIVATE PROPERTY BY EMINENT DOMAIN FOR CERTAIN PRIVATE PURPOSES The proposed constitutional amendment would: • Prohibit government from taking private property for transfer to another private individual or business for purposes of economic development or increasing tax revenue. • Provide that if an individual's principal residence is taken by government for public use, the individual must be paid at least 125% of property’s fair market value. • Require government that takes a private property to demonstrate that the taking is for a public use; if taken to eliminate blight, require a higher standard of proof to demonstrate that the taking of that property is for a public use. • Preserve existing rights of property owners. Should this proposal be adopted? PROPOSAL 06-5 A LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE TO ESTABLISH MANDATORY SCHOOL FUNDING LEVELS The proposed law would: • Increase current funding by approximately $565 million and require State to provide annual funding increases equal to the rate of inflation for public schools, intermediate school districts, community colleges, and higher education (includes state universities and financial aid/grant programs). • Require State to fund any deficiencies from General Fund. • Base funding for school districts with declining enrollment on three-year student enrollment average. • Reduce and cap retirement fund contribution paid by public schools, community colleges and state universities; shift remaining portion to state. • Reduce funding gap between school districts receiving basic per-pupil foundation allowance and those receiving maximum foundation allowance. Should this proposed law be approved? ALLEGAN COUNTY PROPOSAL MILLAGE INCREASE PARKS OPERATION, IMPROVEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (This authorization will allow the County of Allegan to levy an additional 0.19 mills for operating, improving, and developing County Parks for a period of six (6) years beginning in 2006.) "Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the County of Allegan be increased by 0.19 mills ($0.19 per $1,000 of taxable valuation)
for six years, 2006 through 2011, inclusive, as a new additional millage to provide funds for the purposes of funding the operation, improvement, and development of Parks by the County for and on behalf of the Allegan County Parks Commission? The County would receive an estimated $686,300 for the County in the first year the millage is levied." MAX PROPOSAL Macatawa Area Express ("MAX") Transportation Authority Millage Proposition Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all nonexempt real and personal property (both homestead and non-homestead) in the district of the Macatawa Area Express ("MAX") Transportation Authority (whose geographic boundaries are coterminous with those of the City of Holland and Holland Charter Township) be increased in the amount of .4 mills ($.40 on each $1,000) on taxable value for a period of five (5) years, 2007 through 2011, inclusive, to provide funds to enable the Authority to provide, operate, and maintain services for public transportation under MCL 124.451, et seq., including but not limited to the ownership of vehicles and real and personal property, and shall the Authority be authorized to levy such tax? If the millage is approved and levied, it is estimated that it will result in revenues of $973,156 being collected by the Authority in the 2007 calendar year. ZEELAND CITY PROPOSAL Alcohol Sales Proposition Should Zeeland City Code Section 2.1-30, which was originally adopted by Ordinance 530, and which prohibits the retail sale of alcohol within the City of Zeeland, County of Ottawa, Michigan, be repealed so as to permit the retail sale of alcohol subject to the ordinances of the City of Zeeland and the laws of the State of Michigan? CROCKERY TOWNSHIP PROPOSAL PROPOSAL NO. 1 .1415 MILL FOR TOWNSHIP GENERAL OPERATING PURPOSES RESTORATION OF PAST HEADLEE REDUCTIONS Shall the Township of Crockery property tax rate limitation be increased, and shall said increase be levied commencing in 2006 on taxable property in the Township, in the amount of .1415 mill ($.1415 per $1,000 of taxable value), subject to reduction as provided by law? The purpose of the millage levy is to offset decreases in the Township's allocated operating millage levy as a result of the Headlee Amendment. Property tax revenues generated by this millage levy will be used for general Township operations. It is estimated that a levy of .1415 mill would provide revenue of $15,389 in the first calendar year. Revenues from the millage will be disbursed to the Township of Crockery. GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP PROPOSAL POLICE PROTECTION PROPOSAL
Shall the entirety of the Charter Township of Grand Haven, Ottawa County, Michigan be created into a police protection special assessment district under the provisions of Michigan Public Act 81 of 1989, for the purposes of raising money by special assessment in order to furnish police protection by contract with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department? GRANDVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX LEVY This proposal is a partial renewal of millage for building and site sinking fund purposes which will expire with the 2006 tax year. Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in Grandville Public Schools, Kent and Ottawa Counties, Michigan, for sinking fund purposes of 1.463 mills which will expire with the 2006 tax year, be partially renewed by and the board of education be authorized to levy not to exceed 1.4 mills ($1.40 on each $1,000.00 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2007 to 2016, 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; if approved, the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect in the first year of levy, is approximately $2,017,955? BLENDON TOWNSHIP RECALLS Reason for Recall Dale Vredeveld is the elected supervisor of Blendon Township Board, County of Ottawa, State of Michigan. Mr. Vredeveld attended, participated and voted at a meeting of said Board held on August 30, 2005 at 7 p.m., which meeting was neither published nor noticed as required by the State of Michigan Open Meetings Act. Justification of Conduct I want you to know the statements made about me in this ballot proposal are not true. The meeting referred to was a safety service committee meeting, not a Township Board meeting. Notice of the meeting was properly given. I am not a member of the committee; I went to the meeting only to answer questions if they came up. The committee took no votes at all. I am privileged to be your elected Supervisor, and our Township means a great deal to me. I would like to continue to serve you. I have dedicated my life to public service, including 30 years as a member of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department (11 as Undersheriff), and 5 years of service to our Township - 2 years on the planning commissioner and 3 years on the township board. I hope you will permit me the privilege of continuing to serve as Supervisor. I will do all that I can to merit your trust and confidence. Shall Dale Vredeveld be recalled from the office of Blendon Township Supervisor? Reason for Recall On January 12, 2006, Lester Beld, as the Clerk of Blendon Township, as a member of the Township Board, voted to increase his salary even though the Township was at that time having problems with the need for additional revenue.
Justification of Conduct The Statutory Law MCL 41.95 gives the board the authority to review and adjust compensation. My salary was not just randomly increased. There was a wage survey done on the salaries of elected township officials within our county, that worked about the same hours and had comparable population. The average Clerk salary from the eight townships was calculated and that's what my new annual salary was set at. I feel it's a fair wage for the position. Our township is not having problems for the need of additional revenue. The township auditors reported a strong healthy balance sheet for the past fiscal year. As a life long resident of Blendon, I would like to continue to serve the residents as your Township Clerk. Shall Lester Beld be recalled from the office of Blendon Township Clerk? Reason for Recall Rick VandenHeuvel is the elected Treasurer of the Blendon Township Board, County of Ottawa, State of Michigan. Mr. VandenHeuvel attended, participated and voted at a meeting of said Board held on August 30, 2005 at 7 p.m., which meeting was neither published nor noticed as required by the State of Michigan Open Meetings Act. Justification of Conduct Rick Vanden Heuvel is the elected treasurer of Blendon Township Board, County of Ottawa, State of Michigan. Mr. Vanden Heuvel attended the Blendon Township Safety Services meeting held on August 30, 2005 at 7 p.m., which was announced and posted, as required by the State of Michigan Open Meetings Act. The minutes of said meeting are on file at the Blendon Township Office, proving there was no vote taken, thus no violation of the Open Meetings Act took place. Shall Rick Vanden Heuvel be recalled from the office of Blendon Township Treasurer? Reason for Recall Mr. Timmer is the elected Trustee of the Blendon Township Board, County of Ottawa, State of Michigan. Mr. Timmer attended, participated and voted at a meeting of said Board held on August 30, 2005 at 7 p.m. which meeting was neither published nor noticed as required by the State of Michigan, Open Meetings Act. Justification of Conduct The meeting of August 30, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. was a meeting of the Blendon Township Safety Service Board. I have been appointed to the Blendon Township Safety Services Board by the Blendon Township Board. I am required to be at these meetings. Since these meetings come under the Open Meetings Act, we as a board cannot prevent anyone from being in the audience. This Blendon Township Safety Services Board meeting was announced and posted as required by law. Shall Roger Timmer be recalled from the office of Blendon Township Trustee?