November is already here and the election coming up quick. In fact, we are only three days away until Tuesday’s general election across America.
There is quite a lot to vote on this election. It has been recommended that voters take time to preview Tuesday’s ballot before going in and casting your vote.
Polls will be open at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 8:00 p.m. In Allen Park, residents will cast their vote on their ballot for the following:
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- View Ballot
- Precincts and Voting Locations (with Map)
- 6 Michigan proposals
- Wayne County proposal
- 2 City of Allen Park proposals
- Allen Park Public Schools proposal
- Wayne County Community College proposal
Official City of Allen Park ballot for November 6, 2012
|Precincts 1 – 5||City Hall||16850 Southfield Rd|
|Precincts 6 – 8 & 10||Community Center||15800 White|
|Precinct 9||Alen Park High School||18401 Champaign Rd|
|Precinct 11||Angelica Lutheran Church||8400 Park Ave|
|Precincts 12 – 13||Hungarian Reformed Church||9901 Allen Rd|
|Precincts 14 & 16||Church of the Nazarene||10944 Reeck|
|Precinct 15||Allen Park Middle School||8401 Vine|
Candidates (see ballot for names)
- President of the U.S. / Vice President of the U.S.
- U.S. Senator
- 12th District Representative in Congress
- 13th District State Representative
- Member of the State Board of Education (vote 2)
- Member of the University of Michigan Board of Regents (vote 2)
- Member of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees (vote 2)
- Member of the Wayne State University Board of Governors (vote 2)
- Allen Park Public Schools Board Member (vote 2)
- Melvindale/Northern Allen Park Public Schools Board Member (vote 2)
- Southgate Public Schools Board Member (vote 2)
- Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney
- Wayne County Sheriff
- County Clerk
- County Treasurer
- Wayne County Register of Deeds
- 13th District County Commissioner
- Justice of the Supreme Court (vote 2)
- Justice of the Supreme Court, Incumbent Position-Partial Term (vote 1)
- Judge of 1st District Court of Appeals, Incumbent Position (vote 2)
- Judge of Third Judicial Circuit, Incumbent Position (vote 16)
- Judge of Third Judicial Circuit, Non-incumbent Position (vote 3)
- Judge of Third Judicial Circuit, Incumbent Position-Partial Term (vote 2)
- Judge of Probate Court, Incumbent Position (vote 3)
- Judge of Probate Court, Incumbent Position-Partial Term (vote 1)
Michigan Proposals (as written on ballot)
Proposal 12-1: Referendum On Public Act 4 Of 2011 – The Emergency Manager Law
Public Act 4 of 2011 would:
- Establish criteria to assess the financial condition of local government units, including school districts.
- Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financial emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials.
- Require EM to develop financial and operating plans, which may include modification or termination of contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services, and use of assets until the emergency is resolved.
- Alternatively, authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a local government approved consent decree.
Proposal 12-2: A Proposal to amend the State Constitution regarding Collective Bargaining
This proposal would:
- Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions.
- Invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees’ financial support of their labor unions. Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking.
- Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict with collective bargaining agreements.
- Define “employer” as a person or entity employing one or more employees.
Proposal 12-3: A Proposal to amend the State Constitution to establish a standard for Renewable Energy
This proposal would:
- Require electric utilities to provide at least 25% of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources, which are wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower, by 2025.
- Limit to not more than 1% per year electric utility rate increases charged to consumers only to achieve compliance with the renewable energy standard.
- Allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25% standard in order to prevent rate increases over the 1% limit.
- Require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment and employment of Michigan residents.
Proposal 12-4: A proposal to amend the State Constitution to establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and provide Collective Bargaining for in-home care workers
This proposal would:
- Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC). Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws.
- Require MQHCC to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who pass background checks, and provide financial services to patients to manage the cost of in-home care.
- Preserve patients’ rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC registry who are bargaining unit members.
- Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment.
Proposal 12-5: A proposal to amend the State Constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes by state government
This proposal would:
Require a 2/3 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, in order for the State of Michigan to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers or expand the base of taxation or increasing the rate of taxation.
This section shall in no way be construed to limit or modify tax limitations otherwise created in this Constitution.
Proposal 12-6: A proposal to amend the State Constitution regarding construction of international bridges and tunnels
This proposal would:
- Require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election and in each municipality where “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” are to be located before the State of Michigan may expend state funds or resources for acquiring land, designing, soliciting bids for, constructing, financing, or promoting new international bridges or tunnels.
- Create a definition of “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” that means, “any bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of January 1, 2012.”
Wayne County Proposal
- Form of the Wayne County Budget and Appropriation Ordinance Independent External Auditor
- Membership on the Wayne County Retirement Commission
- Removal of the Wayne County Executive from office by the Governor
- Wayne County Commission’s power to approve compensation
Shall the Wayne County Home Rule Charter be amended to add a new section 5.120 and to amend existing section 5.134 to authorize the Wayne County Commission rather than the Wayne County Executive to establish the form (including but not limited to lump-sum and line-item) of the county budget and appropriation ordinance; and to require the County Commission to establish the form of the budget and appropriation ordinance by December 7, 2012 and to adopt changes to the form at least ten months before the beginning of a fiscal year to be effective for that fiscal year; and to also amend section 5.121 to require the County Executive to prepare and submit the budget and appropriation ordinance in the form established by the County Commission?
City of Allen Park Proposals
Proposal 1: Operating Millage
It is proposed that Section 8.1 of the City of Allen Park City Charter be amended to temporarily allow the City to levy an additional ad valorem tax up to $4.00 per $1,000 in taxable value (4.0 mills), effective December 1, 2012, for period of two years, which will raise approximately $2,997,695.00 in the first year it is levied.
Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?
Proposal 2: Amend Section 12.02 of the Allen Park City Charter
Shall the City Charter be amended to require voter approval, by simple majority, of all obligations or municipal bond issues that would be backed in whole or in part by the taxing power of the city?
Allen Park Public Schools
Operating Millage Renewal Proposal
This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2013 tax levy.
Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Allen Park Public Schools, Wayne County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 9 years, 2014 to 2022, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $1,790,000 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?
Wayne County Community College
Wayne County Community College District Millage Proposal
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Wayne County Community College District be increased by one dollar per thousand dollars (1 mill) of the taxable value of all taxable property in the College District for a period of ten (10) years, the tax years commencing July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2022, inclusive, as new additional millage to provide funds for community college purposes authorized by law? It is estimated that 1 mill would raise approximately $21,746,964 when first levied in 2013.
Just a quick reminder that polls will be open at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6 and will remain open until 8:00 p.m.