Parks millage proposed
As you might know from recent news coverage, the Board of Commissioners is currently considering a millage to support the County’s parks and to create and maintain a County trail system. The details are still being worked out – in fact, the millage language has yet to be presented to the entire Board. But the ballot language proposed by the Parks Commission reads in pertinent part as follows:
“Ingham County proposes to create and maintain a county system of recreational trails and parks. This system will incorporate current parks, may incorporate trails or parks previously created by local units of government, [and] may acquire rights of way to connect and extend existing trails.”
At this point, a 0.5 mill-tax is being considered; that amounts to $50 annually for every $100,000 of a property’s taxable value. The millage would raise approximately $3.2 million in additional revenue yearly. If ballot language is approved by the Board of Commissioners, the millage request would be on the Nov. 4, 2014, ballot.
Frankly, right now, I have more questions than answers about the millage. But I welcome your input. Feel free to email me your thoughts or concerns.
Goodbye to two great leaders
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Board of Commissioners paid tribute to two great public servants who are leaving their positions with Ingham County: Renee Branch Canady, Ph.D., and Jamie McAloon Lampman. Dr. Canady has served as Ingham County’s health officer since 2011, but she has been an integral part of the Health Department team since 2007. As Health Officer, Dr. Canady oversaw the expansion of the County’s health clinics, directly improving the health of our residents. She is recognized as a leader in working to eliminate inequities in healthcare. She leaves the Health Department to serve as CEO of the Michigan Public Health Institute.
Ms. Lampman has served as Ingham County’s Animal Control Director for the past nine years. She is credited with transforming the County’s Animal Shelter into a humane, comfortable facility. Ms. Lampman also worked to ensure that animals outside the shelter are treated humanely as well: she added an animal-cruelty investigator position to investigate alleged animal neglect or mistreatment. Ms. Lampman took a proactive approach to controlling the pet population by requiring that all animals adopted from the shelter be spayed or neutered first. She leaves the shelter after a milestone year: 2013 was the first year that no animals were euthanized because of overcrowding. Ms. Lampman is moving to Tennessee to take a position at a shelter in Chattanooga. (Read more about Ms. Lampman's work here.)
I wish Dr. Canady and Ms. Lampman the best in their future endeavors. They have raised the bar for public service in Ingham County. The Board of Commissioners is currently searching for new leaders who we hope will meet the high standards set at the Health Department and the Animal Control Department.
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