Roland Sizemore's announcement that he would not seek re-election to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in District 5 prompted four Democrats to file to replace him.
Keith Jason, Wilma Gold-Jones, Ruth Ann Jamnick and Victor Dobrin each would like to represent Ypsilanti and Augusta Townships on the board. Listen to thee candidates' thoughts on crime and public safety in the audio above.
The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has created a Roads Funding Committee to study the county's options for paying for road repairs.
The county Board of Commissioners had earlier rejected a point-four-mil tax for road repairs. This week's vote to create the Roads Funding Committee was just short of unanimous. Commissioner Conan Smith voted "no".
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.
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.
The Washtenaw County Commissioners have passed a resolution setting the priorities they want used in the development of future budgets. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, County Commissioners contend it's part of a new approach to better connect budgeting with desired outcomes.
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 providing the community public safety services.
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.
Unanswered questions force the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to shelve a plan to sell 300-million dollars in bonds to cover future retiree health care and pension costs.
Washtenaw County officials are, for now, shelving a plan to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the money generated from the sale would have covered future retiree health care and pension costs.
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 has unamisouly passed a resolution opposing a draft of the plan.
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.
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.
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.
In an effort to fully fund pension and retiree health care costs, Washtenaw County will explore the possibility of a significant bond sale. 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.
On Thursday, listen to Morning Edition with David Fair for a full wrap-up of the meeting.
For the first time ever, Washtenaw County officials will be preparing a four-year budget proposal. County commissioners voted 7 to 2 Wednesday night in favor of a resolution directing the county's administration to develop a quadrennial budget. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Before Michigan's right-to-work law takes effect later this month, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved new long-term contracts with nearly all of the unions representing county workers. Similar policy for non-union employees has been set as well. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Washtenaw County officials expect another drop in delinquent property taxes this year. 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.
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. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
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. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley on the retirements of Barbara Bergman and Leah Gunn.