Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners

WEMU News
7:18 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee

Credit eWashtenaw.org

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".

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WEMU News
7:46 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Washtenaw County Bridges Crumbling; Not Enough Money To Fix Them

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Washtenaw County's bridges are falling apart, and the Road Commission can't afford to fix them.

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."

Townsend says it would cost the county more than $30 million to replace them.

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is currently considering a 1 mill property tax to fund roadwork.

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WEMU News
5:45 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Washtenaw County Commission District Five Race Shaping Up As Among The Most Interesting

Credit Bob Eccles

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. 

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Washtenaw County
4:47 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Sizemore Won't Seek Re-election To County Board

5th District Washtenaw County Commissioner Rolland Sizemore Jr. The Democrat will not seek re-election in 2014.
Credit Washtenaw County

One of the longest serving members of the Washtenaw County Board of commissioners will not seek re-election in 2014.

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WEMU News
11:29 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Homeless Ask Washtenaw County Commission for Help

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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. 

Bob Eccles reports

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.

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Government
8:26 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Washtenaw County Explores New Case Management System for Trial Court

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,  has lacked support from any existing software firm. 

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. 

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Government
9:43 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Washtenaw County Commissioners Debate How to Spend Higher-Than-Projected Revenues

The Washtenaw County budget is in much better shape through the second fiscal quarter than originally projected.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question now under debate is how best to use the additional money.

Washtenaw County Commissioners explore best use of higher than expected revenues through the 2nd quarter of the fiscal year.

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Government
9:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Washtenaw County Commissioners Adopt New Budgeting Approach

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. 

Washtenaw County will create five work groups to develop targets and metrics to measure success in budget decisions.

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Government
8:21 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to Set Budget Priorities for the Next Four Years

Washtenaw County Commissioners
Credit eWashtenaw.org

Budget priorities for the next four years are to be set tonight when the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meet. 

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.

Preview of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, July 24th.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
7:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Washtenaw County Bond Proposal Put On Hold

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.

Transportation
6:56 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Washtenaw County Commissioners Oppose Long-term Regional Transit Plan

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.

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Government
6:44 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Public Hearing on Proposed Washtenaw County $345 million Bond Sale Draws Minimal Public Input

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.

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County Courts
6:26 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Alternative Court Funding in Washtenaw County Under Consideration

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. 

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Government
7:21 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Washtenaw County Committee Delays Action on Potential 345-Million Dollar Bond Sale

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. 

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Government
8:16 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Washtenaw County Explores Potential Bond Sale

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.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
8:53 am
Thu May 2, 2013

County Moves Toward Four-Year Budget Cycle

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.

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Government
9:28 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Washtenaw County Posts 2012 Budget Surplus

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.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
8:44 am
Thu March 21, 2013

County Approves Long-Term Contracts Ahead of RTW

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.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
10:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Commissioners Consider County ID Card

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.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Washtenaw County
9:59 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Property Tax Delinquencies Falling

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.

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Politics
8:47 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Commissioners Oppose Michigan's RTW Status

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.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
9:01 am
Thu January 3, 2013

HSHV to Provide Animal Control Services to County

The Humane Society of Huron Valley will continue to provide animal control services for Washtenaw County for the next four years.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
8:55 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Rabhi to Chair New County Board

Washtenaw County commissioner Yousef Rabhi has been chosen to serve as chair of the Washtenaw County board of commissioners.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
10:48 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Bergman and Gunn Wrap Up Many Years of Service

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.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
9:19 am
Mon December 24, 2012

New Compensation Package for County Board

With the start of the new year, the new Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will have a new compensation package.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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