Clinton County government’s approach to dollars is making sense

By Nathaniel Bott
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Since the last audited year in 2014, Clinton County government has been seeing its highest increase in financial performance trends since 2010. Categories such as cost per resident, net debt per capita, and pensions/retiree health funded in Clinton County are all at their peak standing. One major factor for freeing up a county’s budget is paying off debt, something that county Deputy Administrator Craig Longnecker and Clinton County have been serious about. “Net debt per capita, that’s a declining trend, and it will go to zero at the end of this year,” Longnecker said. “We (Clinton County) will have paid off all our primary government debt.

Lawmaker presses for easier recall of ISD board members

By CELESTE BOTT
Capital News Service
LANSING – A financial scandal in the Genesee Intermediate School District (ISD) has reopened a broader political discussion about the recall of ISD board members. A recent forensic audit report by Southfield-based Plante Moran revealed that tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars were misused for district administrators’ personal expenses. The State Police is conducting a criminal investigation. The ISD board unanimously voted to terminate one administrator after Superintendent Lisa Hagel filed charges calling for her dismissal, claiming “a misuse of public funds through travel, inaccurate records, misuse of ISD equipment, directing inflation of an invoice and falsifying records.”

Sen. John Gleason, D-Flushing, said that the members of the Intermediate School District board must also be held accountable. “As of right now, there’s no avenue to recall that board, even if they have failed to do their jobs,” Gleason said.