Michigan residents are fed up with road conditions

By Katie Krall
The Williamston Post

John Mcauliffe lives on Middle Street in Williamston and he had one thing to say about road conditions: “They’re bad. And then some are worse.”

Candice Christie drives her Chevy HHR from her home in Williamston to her workplace in East Lansing five days a week and she said the roads were terrible. Mcauliffe and Christie are two Williamston residents who said they are frustrated with the condition of the roads in their city. And many residents are unsure how to address the problem now that a local millage proposal — which would have raised property taxes by 1.5 mills to create revenue for road construction and maintenance — was rejected during the elections in November. The vote ended with 54.2 percent against the millage and 45.8 percent in favor.

Library millage a concern in Bath

Bath Charter Township set forth a proposal for a new millage for a public library that went to a vote yesterday, Nov. 5. The millage, which will support an independent public library, is set to collect $89,000 each year of property taxes and is set to go through 2016. The millage will only support the functioning of the new public library. Bath held five polling locations throughout the town for yesterday’s vote.

Foundation works toward new library

By Justine McGuire
Williamston Post staff writer

WILLIAMSTON – Williamston Community Library Foundation is working toward getting a new library building in Williamston and wants its millage, .67 mils for 20 years, on the ballot in August 2012. The foundation’s president and long-time Wheatfield Township resident, Jack Helder, has presented his proposal to the Williamston City Council, the Wheatfield Township Board of Trustees and the Williamstown Township Board of Trustees. Since the presentations, the Williamstown trustees have voted to send representatives to negotiate for a joint building authority, Wheatfield has declined, and Williamston has not yet made a decision. Helder said that the primary reason Wheatfield gave was a lack of support in the community for a new library. He added that 50 households plan to attend the March 13 meeting to try to convince them to reconsider.

Snyder education budget cuts hit home, Holt

By Drew Dzwokowski
Holt Journal staff writer

When Gov. Rick Snyder released his budget plan for Michigan’s education system on Feb. 17, the first thing that went through Holt School District bus driver Ron Pardeau’s  head was, “We’re in trouble.” Pardeau, a Holt bus driver for 13 years, knows that Snyder’s proposal will mean tough times for Holt. His sentiments were echoed throughout the education community. “They’re cutting all our elective courses,” said Meredith Harper, a senior at Holt High School. “We had one more hour to fill every trimester, and now there’s nothing to fill it with.

Residents pay up on day of love

By Alyssa Firth and Molly Cassidy
Meridian Times staff writers

Feb. 14 is a day to express love and send out Valentines, but Meridian Township would like its Valentine’s Day love expressed in the form of a check. Due twice a year, residents and business owners across Michigan pay taxes towards a variety of services in their communities such as libraries, K-12 schools and community colleges, roads, transportation systems and public services.  

“Last year, 94 percent of our taxes were paid on time and in full,” Meridian Township Treasurer Julie Brixie said. “Sixty-five percent of people have paid as of today (Feb.