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UPDATE: Alpena Twp. fire millage flyer

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on July 11, 2018 – 12:00 pmNo Comment

In an update to a story True North Radio Network first reported on Wednesday morning, Alpena Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe wants to clarify that there was discussion at the board level about putting information on the township’s fire millage into summer tax bill envelopes.

But Skibbe was also quick to note that while the discussion took place at a board meeting on May 29, he was never consulted about the final product and never saw the final product until it appeared with tax bills last week.

According to the minutes taken at that May meeting, the board of trustees voted to “…allow the Fire Dept. to add an insert into the summer tax bills.”  And that “Grant funds that were received by the Fire Dept. union will be used to pay for the insert.”

The minutes do not include any mention of receiving further approval before disseminating the information.

The flyer asked township residents to vote “YES” for the millage on August 7.  That’s seemingly a violation of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, and is currently under investigation by legal staff with the Bureau of Elections.

The maximum penalty for a violation is a fine of up to $20,000, however the incident could also be resolved with a warning or a dismissal.

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