By Tiara Marocco
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer
DEWITT, MI – The weather is not the only change slowly approaching in Michigan. With the local elections coming up, candidates are trying to prove why they should be considered. In Clinton County, “the treasurer is responsible for all receipts, disbursements, and investments of County funds.”
Republican Tina Ward is the Clinton County treasurer and is running for this position again. The responsibilities of the Treasurer include “processing property tax settlements with the 27 local units, collect delinquent property taxes from individuals, performs tax adjustments as instructed by the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the State Tax Commission and local Boards of Review, performs tax searches and histories and issues all dog licenses.”
Democrat Annette Wright is running against the current treasurer. Wright attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1990, where she got her Masters of Business Administration. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
After extensive debate at the Nov. 1 meeting, the Delhi Township Board of Trustees decided to continue ahead with its original plan in appointing a new township treasurer. In wake of the retirement of current township treasurer Harry Ammon, which will be effective at the end of the year, the board is tasked with appointing a replacement until the general elections in 2012. But Trustee Derek Bajema voiced concerns during last Tuesday’s meeting about whether the decision should instead be left up to the voting public, suggesting the candidates for treasurer be placed on the ballot in the upcoming primary. “I just think this is a decision that should be left up to the people to decide,” Bajema said during the meeting.
After serving the Holt-Delhi Township community as treasurer for 12 years, Harry Ammon has decided it’s the right time to step down. Ammon, who has called Holt, Mich., home his entire life, has served on the Delhi Township board since 1999 and recently announced his retirement at the Sept. 20 township board meeting. “What you see is what’s there; He wasn’t there for the politics, he was there for the people.”
After cutting his own position to part-time and his own salary last year for budgetary reasons, Ammon said he knew he would be getting ready to retire soon. “I’ve got a lot of things on my slate that I want to get done and now I’ll be able to do that now that I’m still healthy enough to do it,” Ammon said.