Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners http://wemu.org en Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-forms-roads-funding-committee <p>The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has created a Roads Funding Committee to study the county's options for paying for road repairs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The county Board of Commissioners had earlier rejected a point-four-mil tax for road repairs. &nbsp;This week's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">vote to create the Roads Funding Committee was just short of unanimous.&nbsp; Commissioner Conan Smith voted "no".</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:18:19 +0000 Bob Eccles 46933 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee Washtenaw County Bridges Crumbling; Not Enough Money To Fix Them http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-bridges-crumbling-not-enough-money-fix-them <p>Washtenaw County's bridges are falling apart, and the Road Commission can't afford to fix them.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Commission's Managing Director Roy Townsend says around 70 of Washtenaw County's bridge are in need of repairs or other maintenance and another 30 have been labeled "structurally deficient."<br /><br />Townsend says it would cost the county more than $30 million to replace them.</p><p>The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is currently considering a 1 mill property tax to fund roadwork.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 23:46:11 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46104 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Bridges Crumbling; Not Enough Money To Fix Them Washtenaw County Commission District Five Race Shaping Up As Among The Most Interesting http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-commission-district-five-race-shaping-among-most-interesting <p>In Washtenaw County, the race to replace Roland Sizemore in the County Commission's fifth district now features five candidates - four Democrats and a Republican.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Among the Democrats who submitted nominating petitions before Tuesday's deadline: Ruth Ann Jamnick, a former Ypsilanti Township Supervisor and former State Representative; Wilma Gold-Jones, who serves on the board of the non-profit Mentor2Youth; Keith P. Jason, an Ypsilanti Township Park Commission member and Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority Commissioner; and Victor Dobrin.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:45:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 44784 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Commission District Five Race Shaping Up As Among The Most Interesting Sizemore Won't Seek Re-election To County Board http://wemu.org/post/sizemore-wont-seek-re-election-county-board <p>One of the longest serving members of the Washtenaw County Board of commissioners will not seek re-election in 2014.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:47:02 +0000 David Fair 42301 at http://wemu.org Sizemore Won't Seek Re-election To County Board Homeless Ask Washtenaw County Commission for Help http://wemu.org/post/homeless-ask-washtenaw-county-commission-help <p>The homeless and their advocates filled the Washtenaw County Administration Building Board Room Wednesday night, asking the County Commission to help improve services available to them.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Commission chair Yousef Rabhi says a task force is going to be convened in the next few days. It'll be made up of various stake holders, and will examine the best ways to fill gaps in services.</p><p></p><p><strong>SEE ALSO: &nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-habitat-humanity-stewards-energy-savings" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 26px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); text-decoration: none; ">Issues of the Environment: Habitat For Humanity Stewards Energy Savings</a></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:29:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 40528 at http://wemu.org Homeless Ask Washtenaw County Commission for Help Washtenaw County Explores New Case Management System for Trial Court http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-explores-new-case-management-system-trial-court <p>For nearly a decade, Washtenaw County trial Court has relied on an outdated case management system. In fact it's a system that, since 2005,&nbsp; has lacked support from any existing software firm.&nbsp;</p><p>As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, a new system has been identified, but debate continues on how to pay for upgrade among the members of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:26:09 +0000 Andrew Cluley 33589 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Explores New Case Management System for Trial Court Washtenaw County Commissioners Debate How to Spend Higher-Than-Projected Revenues http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-commissioners-debate-how-spend-higher-projected-revenues <p>The Washtenaw County budget is in much better shape through the second fiscal quarter than originally projected.</p><p>As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question now under debate is how best to use the additional money.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:43:34 +0000 David Fair 33327 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Commissioners Adopt New Budgeting Approach http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-commissioners-adopt-new-budgeting-approach <p>The Washtenaw County Commissioners have passed a resolution setting the priorities they want used in the development of future budgets.&nbsp; As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, County Commissioners contend it's part of a new approach to better connect budgeting with desired outcomes.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:10:35 +0000 Andrew Cluley 32681 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to Set Budget Priorities for the Next Four Years http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-board-commissioners-set-budget-priorities-next-four-years <p>Budget priorities for the next four years are to be set tonight when the <a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/boc">Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners </a>meet.&nbsp;</p><p>The Commissioners are set to create a set of strategic priorities and principles to be used in setting the county's future budgets. Commissioner Felicia Brabec says the priorities are likely to focus on human services, building a financial safety net and&nbsp; providing the community public safety services.</p><p>Once established and approved, the budget priorities will be given to County Administrator Verna McDaniel to incorporate into her budget proposal. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has this preview of tonight's meeting.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:21:26 +0000 Andrew Cluley 32631 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to Set Budget Priorities for the Next Four Years Washtenaw County Bond Proposal Put On Hold http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-bond-proposal-put-hold <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washtenaw</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;County officials are, for now, shelving a plan to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. As&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WEMU's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Andrew&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cluley</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;reports, the money generated from the sale would have covered future retiree health care and pension costs.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:18:08 +0000 Andrew Cluley 31708 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Bond Proposal Put On Hold Washtenaw County Commissioners Oppose Long-term Regional Transit Plan http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-commissioners-oppose-long-term-regional-transit-plan <p>A proposed multi-billion dollar plan regional transportation plan isn't winning much local favor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners&nbsp; has unamisouly passed a resolution opposing a draft of the plan.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:56:09 +0000 Andrew Cluley 30499 at http://wemu.org Public Hearing on Proposed Washtenaw County $345 million Bond Sale Draws Minimal Public Input http://wemu.org/post/public-hearing-proposed-washtenaw-county-345-million-bond-sale-draws-minimal-public-input <p>Washtenaw County Commissioners are considering a proposal to sell up to $345 million dollars in bonds to cover unfunded pension and retiree health care costs. AS WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Commission held a public hearing on the issue Wednesday night, but less than a handful of people turned out to offer input.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:44:31 +0000 Andrew Cluley 30439 at http://wemu.org Public Hearing on Proposed Washtenaw County $345 million Bond Sale Draws Minimal Public Input Alternative Court Funding in Washtenaw County Under Consideration http://wemu.org/post/alternative-trial-courts-funding-washtenaw-county-under-consideration <p>The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is considering a change in the manner it funds the court system. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the proposal is causing concern among some on the board that the change will cause disagreements with the courts.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:26:20 +0000 Andrew Cluley 30438 at http://wemu.org Alternative Court Funding in Washtenaw County Under Consideration Washtenaw County Committee Delays Action on Potential 345-Million Dollar Bond Sale http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-committee-delays-action-potential-345-million-dollar-bond-sale <p>A proposal for a 345-million dollar bond sale to pay for Washtenaw County's unfunded liabilities will move forward more deliberately than originally intended. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, The Board of Commissioners Ways and Means Committee last night pulled the item from it's agenda to allow more time for public input.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 11:21:40 +0000 Andrew Cluley 29469 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Committee Delays Action on Potential 345-Million Dollar Bond Sale Washtenaw County Explores Potential Bond Sale http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-explores-potential-bond-sale <p>In an effort to fully fund pension and retiree health care costs, Washtenaw County will explore the possibility of a significant bond sale.&nbsp; As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the first step in the process will be tonight's meeting of the Ways and Means Committee of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.</p><p></p><p> On Thursday, listen to Morning Edition with David Fair for a full wrap-up of the meeting.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 12:16:51 +0000 Andrew Cluley 29417 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Explores Potential Bond Sale County Moves Toward Four-Year Budget Cycle http://wemu.org/post/county-moves-toward-four-year-budget-cycle <p>For the first time ever,&nbsp; Washtenaw County officials will be preparing a four-year budget proposal.&nbsp;&nbsp; County commissioners voted 7 to 2 Wednesday night in favor of a resolution directing the county's administration to develop a quadrennial budget.&nbsp;&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 12:53:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley 28835 at http://wemu.org County Moves Toward Four-Year Budget Cycle Washtenaw County Posts 2012 Budget Surplus http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-posts-2012-budget-surplus <p>Washtenaw County finished 2012 in a bit better budget position than expected, giving the county some additional money to use the current fiscal year if needed.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:28:47 +0000 Andrew Cluley 27195 at http://wemu.org County Approves Long-Term Contracts Ahead of RTW http://wemu.org/post/county-approves-long-term-contracts-ahead-rtw <p>Before Michigan's right-to-work law takes effect later this month, the Washtenaw County&nbsp; Board&nbsp; of Commissioners has approved new long-term contracts with nearly all of the unions representing county workers.&nbsp; Similar policy for non-union employees has been set as well.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:44:47 +0000 Andrew Cluley 27041 at http://wemu.org County Approves Long-Term Contracts Ahead of RTW Commissioners Consider County ID Card http://wemu.org/post/commissioners-consider-county-id-card <p>A new task force is starting to investigate creating a Washtenaw County identification card for people who can't or don't want to get a driver's license.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:51:16 +0000 Andrew Cluley 26088 at http://wemu.org Property Tax Delinquencies Falling http://wemu.org/post/property-tax-delinquencies-falling <p>Washtenaw County officials expect another drop in delinquent property taxes this year.&nbsp; Later this week, county commissioners are expected to approve an annual resolution to establish the delinquent tax revolving fund. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:59:46 +0000 Andrew Cluley 25699 at http://wemu.org Commissioners Oppose Michigan's RTW Status http://wemu.org/post/commissioners-oppose-michigans-rtw-status <p>Washtenaw County's Board of Commissioners Ways and Means Committee has approved a resolution opposing the state's right-to-work legislation, and calling on the county to enter into early negotiations to extend union security provisions before the RTW law takes effect.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:47:20 +0000 Andrew Cluley 25241 at http://wemu.org HSHV to Provide Animal Control Services to County http://wemu.org/post/hshv-provide-animal-control-services-county <p>The Humane Society of Huron Valley will continue to provide animal control services for Washtenaw County for the next four years.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:01:47 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Andrew 23836 at http://wemu.org Rabhi to Chair New County Board http://wemu.org/post/rabhi-chair-new-county-board <p>Washtenaw County commissioner Yousef Rabhi has been chosen to serve as chair of the Washtenaw County board of commissioners.&nbsp; WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 13:55:04 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Andrew c 23834 at http://wemu.org Bergman and Gunn Wrap Up Many Years of Service http://wemu.org/post/bergman-and-gunn-wrap-many-years-service <p>As 2012 comes to an end, a pair of long-serving county commissioners from Ann Arbor are wrapping up their time on the county board.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley on the retirements of Barbara Bergman and Leah Gunn.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 15:48:16 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Andrew Cl 23644 at http://wemu.org New Compensation Package for County Board http://wemu.org/post/new-compensation-package-county-board <p>With the start of the new year, the new Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will have a new compensation package.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:19:35 +0000 Andrew Cluley 23496 at http://wemu.org