Recreation Millage 2018

The Election on August 7 includes an opportunity for Albion residents to increase funding for the Recreation Department and Senior Services.  The exact ballot language of this item is:

ALBION CITY RECREATION MILLAGE PROPOSAL Shall the City of Albion increase the current levy to a total of two mills ($2.00 per $1,000.00) on taxable value of property located in the City of Albion for three years beginning with the 2019 tax levy year and running through the 2021 tax levy year (inclusive), which in the first year of such tax levy will raise an estimated revenue of One Hundred Seventy Two Thousand Dollars ($172,000.00) used for the specific purpose of continuing operation of City of Albion recreation programs for young people, adults, families, and senior citizens? Taxes within the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) districts will be distributed as prescribed by law. If approved, this would be an additional one-half increase of the current millage levy.

This information is posted on the Calhoun  County website at this location:

http://directory.co.calhoun.mi.us/ckeditor_assets/attachments/529/all_language_aug_18.pdf?1528318894

If this millage passes – how will it affect the taxes on a $50,000 home?  Keep reading at the bottom to find out!


If this millage passes, it will support the Albion Community Center, the Albion Senior Center and many recreational programs for our city – programs such as Adult Flag Football, the Cardboard Classic Sled Race, Adult Water Aerobics, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Youth and Adult Basketball, Dad and Daughter and Mother and Son Dances, Youth Baseball and T-Ball, Swimming Lessons, as well as a full range of social and recreational activities for seniors.

Supporters say that programs for young people are especially important as they help our youth forge an Albion identity and form lasting relationships.

As per the Deputy/Clerk-Treasurer of Albion:

“If a home has a market value of $50,000 that would mean a taxable value of one half that, or $25,000. The proposed new recreation millage would be $25,000 / 1,000 = 25, times the proposed new 2 mills = $50 per year. However, please remember, there is an existing 1.5 mills levied for recreation, so the actual proposed increase would only be on the extra half a Mill (going from 1.5 to 2.0 Mills).

An older debt service millage has expired this year. On this same $50,000 home, the 2018 tax bill would decrease by $25 per year just due to this 1 Mill expiring. In addition, the flat $50 per property Sidewalk Assessment ended this year as well – this would result in an additional $50 per year savings for this same $50,000 home.  So in summary, if all of these changes happened on the same year, like this year for example, it would look like this:

Proposed new half a Mill increase in the Recreational Millage = a $12.50 increase per year above the current 1.5 Mills currently charged on a home with a market value of $50,000;

Reduction  from the expired 1 Mill Debt Service Millage – a decrease in $25 per year on a home with a market value of $50,000;

Reduction from the flat $50 parcel Sidewalk Assessment Program – a decrease of $50 per year on every real parcel in town, regardless of value;

The NET change would be a DECREASE of $62.50 per year on a home with a taxable value of $25,000 and/or a market value of $50,000.”

Setting up your Organizations Calendar to Share

 

Your organization has events to share with Albion.  What is the best way to do this?  Resources for writing a press release and local media sources are listed here:

In The News

To set up a calendar that can be synced with the calendar on the General Guide, follow these tips:

  1. Use Google Calendars – they are the most universal and can easily be merged with calendars in personal devices.
  2. Set up repeating events.  An annual event often has a repeating pattern such as the Saturday before Father’s Day, or the 3rd full weekend of September.  Using those patterns, the event can be set to repeat using Google calendars features.  This makes the task of updates much simpler.
  3. Set up a central web page for each event.  Annual events with guest speakers often have a theme, and a namesake.  The central page for this event can link out to past years speakers and historical information. This page becomes the headquarters for the event.  From here, link to the Facebook page for the overall event, it is another central headquarters. That page will allow for yearly event posts and things will stay organized.
  4. From the organization’s Google calendar – set up boilerplate text and link to these central pages for each event.  Use the repeating pattern to get them to post automatically, but include a disclaimer to click thru for the most up to date information.  To create a link in the Google calendar, use the link button in the ribbon above the event information. With a little practice the standardized calendars using these universal tips can be synced together.
  5. To share the link to your organizations calendar, click here to contact this page: http://albionmich.net/business_listing_info/  Also consider supporting the work on this page so we are able to share more about what makes Albion a great place to Live, Work and Play.

Earth Day in Albion Michigan, Walter Cronkite

It was 48 years ago, another time, but not another place.

The year was 1970, and Albion,  Michigan is recognized on CBS News, national tv by our old-time favorite broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, for its efforts to work towards a more sustainable future.

The story tells of Albion’s population being 14,000 and taking a claim to be “Manufacturing Town USA.” Albion’s population is now 8,534, and we think of ourselves more of a college town now, since much has changed.

 

We didn’t get Earth Day into the General Guide XXXI, but we’ll post more environment information here as we go along.

 

Walk for Warmth 2018 – Albion, MI

Albionites have invented quite a few different traditions and events.  One of them is Walk for Warmth, where volunteers get pledges to raise money for local residents struggling to pay the cost of heating their home.

On Saturday, February 24th, 2018, the home of Walk for Warmth celebrated the 33rd annual fundraising event for Community Action. Each year, Community Action of South Central Michigan raises money to help keep the heat on for families, the elderly, and people with disabilities in Barry, Branch, Calhoun, and St. Joseph counties.

Pictured below are the participants of Albion’s 2018 Walk for Warmth, outside of the First United Methodist Church on Michigan Avenue.

Walk for Warmth 2018 – Tenant Hall – Albion, MI

In Albion during February 1983, Pastor Tim Kurtz, then Community Action Coordinator, held a 24-hour walk to raise funds and awareness of the need for heating assistance. “Helping the Poor in 24” was his motto. Pastor Kurtz’s dedication to supporting the most vulnerable in a critical way has made a tremendous impact.

Over the years, the event has grown to provide household utility relief across the nation, ranging from Lexington, KY to Willimantic, CT.   The funds generated through this event provide assistance in the form of deliverable fuel, metered gas or electric.

2018 Walkers Begin Their Trek

In 2017, 19 families and 57 family members from the Albion, Marshall, and Homer region were helped from the funds raised during Walk for Warmth that year. 52% of the households assisted last year had children and 31% had seniors. The average assistance provided by Community Action was $275.84.

For more information and to support the cause, please visit Community Action’s website: https://www.caascm.org/menus/walk-for-warmth.html

NextDoor.com

 

Things are happening in Albion and sometimes it is good for neighbors to talk with each other.  There are discussions on the app Nextdoor about Albion’s city government,  services, special events and more.

Anyone can join NextDoor.com, but only people from Albion can see the discussions about Albion.  It’s free.  This app also helps during times when it is helpful to know who is raking leaves, shoveling snow, who lost their dog, who has lost their power and other neighborhood issues.

Michigan House of Representatives – District 62

 

Link to map of representatives on the State of Michigan website:
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/cgi/house10statewide_371473_7.pdf

 

Find your representative:
http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/

 

About the Michigan House of Representatives:
http://www.house.mi.gov/citizens.asp

Excerpt from the page above:

The Michigan House of Representatives, together with the Michigan Senate, comprise Michigan’s full-time legislature.

Image of the House Floor The House of Representatives consists of 110 Members who are elected by the qualified electors of districts having approximately 77,000 to 91,000 residents. Representatives are elected in even-numbered years to 2-year terms. Legislative districts are drawn on the basis of population figures through the federal decennial census.

The primary purpose of the Legislature is to enact new laws and amend or repeal existing laws. During their two-year tenure, Representatives will introduce, and vote on, over 4,000 bills. An estimated 600 to 800 of these will become law. Legislators and legislative committees spend many hours of work on each bill before the bill is sent to the House floor for consideration.

 

 

US Congressional District 3

Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District

Population (2010) 705,974

How to contact elected officials (including Michigan U.S. Senators)  for Michigan’s US Congressional District 3:
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/MI/3

Michigan’s 3rd congressional district is a United States Congressional district in Western Michigan. From 2003 to 2013 it consisted of the counties of Barry, Ionia, and all except the northwest portion of Kent Counties. The district was extended to Battle Creek and Calhoun County after redistricting in 2012.

Ethnicity:

Current Representative – Justin Amash (RCascade Township)

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City of Albion

The City of Albion is divided into 6 precincts and residents of each precinct have their own City Council person representing them.

Here is the official City of Albion website with links to the precinct maps.  (scroll down on this page to view them.)
http://www.cityofalbionmi.gov/departments/city_clerk/index.php

The precincts are also shown on the Calhoun County website:
http://directory.co.calhoun.mi.us/directories?cat=25
The precincts on the links above were updated in 2012. However, the official maps for updated precincts are not yet posted to any official website that we can find. We requested and received the updated map below from the Albion City Manager.  Here are the new precincts that also show the changed areas clearly marked. Click on the image to see a larger view.

Here are the Albion City Council members by precinct:
http://www.cityofalbionmi.gov/government/mayor_and_city_council/city_council.php

A registered voter must vote at the polling location for his or her own precinct, which is determined by the voter’s address. Check the Ward-Precinct map below to determine your Ward and Precinct. Check the table below for the address of your polling location.

By Michigan State Law, a voter must be registered to vote at least 30 days before the election in which they want to vote.

Additional elections and voter information is available by clicking on the menu tabs on the left. For more information about elections or to check your registered voter status online, please visit the State of Michigan Voter website.