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Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson Encourages People to Vote YES on Proposal 1 During a Recent News Conference | by Michigan Municipal League (MML)
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Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson Encourages People to Vote YES on Proposal 1 During a Recent News Conference

More than a dozen Michigan cities and villages have approved resolutions urging residents to vote YES on Proposal 1 Aug. 5. The Michigan Municipal League is part of the vote YES on Proposal 1 Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities coalition ( and is encouraging our member communities to adopt a resolution. The League is then sharing the resolutions with the local media and public and those press releases can be viewed here: A huge thank you goes out to those communities that have passed resolutions in support of Proposal 1: Cedar Springs, Frankenmuth, Fremont, Grayling, Hartford, Madison Heights, Mattawan, Middleville, Mt. Pleasant, Northville, Norton Shores, Pleasant Ridge, Three Oaks, Walker and Yale. We also want to thank our many members who have participated in local press conferences and editorial board meetings in support of Proposal 1. For example, on Thursday, June 26, 2014, Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner joined multiple officials from Oakland County and southeast Michigan for a news conference in support of Proposal 1. Also speaking at the event in support of Proposal 1 was Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Other speakers included Tom Kimble, volunteer state president of AARP of Michigan; Jerry Grubb, owner of Wee Discover Child Daycare and Learning Center in Waterford; Oakland County Commissioners Shelley Taub and Jim Runestad; and Waterford Township Police Chief Dan McCaw. The passage of Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5 statewide primary ballot is the final step toward completing comprehensive reform to the state’s personal property tax (PPT) – an effort the Michigan Municipal League has been heavily involved in for the last few years. The PPT is a tax on business equipment that communities have relied on for years to provide essential services, such as police and fire protection, schools, libraries, ambulances, jails and roads. The League has maintained that if this tax is eliminated there must be full replacement of the revenue for local governments. Proposal 1 provides the revenue replacement and it does so without raising taxes. Additional information: - Go here ( for a sample resolution. It’s important to note that it is legal for local government bodies to approve resolutions in support of ballot issues as long as no public tax dollars are expended. So resolutions are OK. - Go here ( to sign up to support the coalition and receive regular campaign updates. - Send a letter to your local newspaper in support of Proposal 1. View sample letters here:

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Taken on June 24, 2014