Thursday, October 19, 2017

They know they can ignore us!

From a friend:
"Regarding the Muskegon County Commission Meeting:  
Below is the response to my question asking for the dollar amount allocated to each of the programs listed within the Proposal along with a detailed explanation and purpose of each.  
After the meeting, I asked for a copy of Public Act 179 of 1967. 
I'll let you come to your own conclusion.  
FYI:  If you want to see what is on YOUR ballot prior to going to the polls, you can go to: and follow the instructions.  
Don't enter www.

---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Vanderhyde, Sandra" <>
Date: October 14, 2017 at 1:38 PM
Subject: Information re Millage
Thank you again for asking all of your great questions at the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday regardi
ng the millage! Please find below the statute regarding the millage that you requested, as well as the description that you wanted on the Systems of Care model that is being implemented.

Thank you,
Sandra Vanderhyde 

Systems of Care-Muskegon County received a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration to enhance our “System of Care” for youth with or at risk for complex needs in the community. A System of Care is a spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for children and youth with or at risk for mental health or other challenges and their families, that is organized into a coordinated network, builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and addresses their cultural and linguistic needs, in order to help them to function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.

Systems of Care are evidenced based and non-categorical- no two community approaches look the same. In Muskegon County, we are focusing on the following approaches:
  • Implementing school based mental health, wraparound, and peer support in collaboration with the Pathways to Potential model, Family Court PASS grant, Hackley Community Care Teen Health Centers, and other community service providers
  • Developing county-wide mobile stabilization response for youth and families in crisis to provide earlier, community based intervention. This model has been showed to drastically decrease ER visits, out of home placements, and juvenile justice recidivism
  • Implementing a shared assessment tool across systems
  • Systems transformation including funding structures, shared workforce development, and including youth and families served in decision making processes
  • Engaging, equipping, and connecting youth and families served into leadership and advocacy opportunities
 Public Act 179 of 1967-

Act 179 of 1967
123.461 Youth centers; financing operations; ad valorem property tax; petition; election; canvassing and certifying votes.
Sec. 1.
(1) Any county, city, township, or village may levy taxes and appropriate funds for operating centers open exclusively to youths under 21 years of age and aimed at curbing juvenile delinquency within the community.
(2) A registered elector of a county, city, township, or village may submit petitions requesting that a unit of government submit the question of levying an ad valorem property tax of not to exceed 1.5 mills on taxable property within the unit for not to exceed 20 years for the operation of a youth center as described in subsection (1) to the electors of the unit at the next general election in the manner provided by law. Petitions that are filed pursuant to this subsection shall be filed not less than 120 days before the election at which the question is to be voted upon. The petitions shall be signed by a number of registered electors from the county, city, township, or village equal to not less than 5% of the total vote cast for all candidates for governor at the last preceding general election at which a governor was elected within the petitioning unit of local government. A tax authorized by this subsection shall be levied and collected in the same manner and at the same time as other ad valorem property taxes in the unit of local government.
(3) A petition filed pursuant to subsection (2) shall be in substantial compliance with section 544c of the Michigan election law, Act No. 116 of the Public Acts of 1954, being section 168.544c of the Michigan Compiled Laws. The petition shall be filed with the clerk of the county, city, township, or village.
(4) A determination of the sufficiency or insufficiency of a petition filed pursuant to subsection (2) shall be made not later than 60 days prior to the general election for which the petition was filed by the official receiving the petition. If the petition is determined to be sufficient, the ballot for the question shall be prepared by the official responsible for preparing the other ballots to be used at the general election. The ballot question shall specify the number of mills to be levied and the specific time period that this number of mills is to be levied.
(5) The votes cast for and against the proposal shall be canvassed and certified by the canvassing board responsible for canvassing and certifying the votes cast for offices and other proposals voted on at the general election.

History: 1967, Act 179, Imd. Eff. June 30, 1967 ;-- Am. 1988, Act 342, Imd. Eff. Oct. 18, 1988 

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