Victory

Reverse the County's decision to spend money from the Veterans Fund on a golf promotion.

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In 2012, voters in Genesee County, Michigan, approved a millage specifically intended “for the purpose of providing support and assistance to veterans of active United States military service and their dependents, and administrative and facility costs involved in providing support and assistance to such veterans and dependents” (actual ballot language from November 2012). Before this millage, the county's Department of Veterans Services had only 2 full-time employees and an annual budget of about $300,000 (Mlive, 20 November 2012). “The office also houses the Soldier Relief Commission and a county fund that helps pay for indigent veteran burials.” This commission nearly ran out of funds in the 12 months before the millage, according to one commissioner at the time. (Ibid.)

This additional millage of 0.1 mill (ten cents on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) was approved for a 10-year span and estimated to provide $880,523.00 in the first year of the authotized levy. One month after the millage vote passed, a plan was made for how to spend the $815,000 expected to be raised that current fiscal year. This included:

$328,000 for personnel, including two new, full-time positions.
$15,000 to help establish a specialized court for veterans.
$100,000 to build up the soldiers relief fund, which helps indigent veterans with emergency expenses.
$2,000 to double available money for headstones for poor veterans and an additional $16,300 to boost money available for burials.
$50,000 for office renovations and additions.
$7,600 for additional computers.
$10,000 for office furniture.
$19,000 in rent payments to the county. (Mlive, 5 December 2012)


However, on 2 April 2018, the current board of commissioners approved spending $50,000 from the fund produced by this millage to sponsor the “Ally Challenge”, a new PGA Tour Champions event at Warwick HillsGolf and Country Club. This is to pay for admission to the event for county veterans, a pavilion for military members and their dependents, as well as veterans' admission to a country music concert. (Mlive, 2 April 2018)

That is NOT providing “support and assistance”. What amounted to about one-sixth of the pre-millage budget will be spent on a promotional event.

Of 9 county commissioners on the board, 7 voted in favor of it, 1 voted against and 1 wasn't present. The 7 in favor need to be held accountable and they need to reverse this disgrace.



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