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  • Sherry L. Crank
    (Dem)

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    Cindy Cronk
    (Dem)

  • Dennis L. Geisenhaver
    (Rep)

  • Harold Buck Kuisel
    (Rep)

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    Denise McCrimmon
    (Dem)

  • Scott Ray
    (Rep)

  • Allen L. Rosekrans
    (Dem)

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    Eric Schlenkermann
    (Dem)

  • Chris W. Stewart
    (Rep)

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    Dan Stockwell
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

What makes you more qualified than other candidates for this office?

Do you support raising taxes as a way to pay for road improvements? Yes or no, please explain.

Are you comfortable with the structure and scope of local government? Yes or no, please explain.

Related to government structure, what would you change?

What are the three most important issues facing the city/township and how would you address them?

As property tax revenue and state aid decline, is it appropriate for the county to assume a larger role in providing services to city/township residents? Yes or no, please explain.

What city services do you consider most vital?

What city/township services are least vital and can be trimmed to lower expenses?

Are you current in all tax, alimony and child support obligations? Yes or no. If no, please explain.

Hometown Marshall, Michigan
Education Bachelor's Degree University of Michigan Juris Doctorate Notre Dame Law School
Family Connor A. Crank, Daughter
Professional Experience Partner with Miller Canfield for 12 years Attorney with Dickinson Wright for 7 years Currently co-own Joseph & Hedrington
Political Experience N/A
Campaign Website http://www.pick6forbath.com
My extensive experience as an attorney in municipal law makes me highly qualified to deal with the increasingly complex issues that face townships including: taxation, development, planning and zoning, ordinance and code enforcement and other issues that routinely face the community.
No. Michigan has one of the highest gas tax rates of any state. In addition, Michigan, unlike other states, also has an income tax which has been extended to retirees. Michigan also has a relatively high property tax. Michigan has enough resources if used wisely to pay for road improvements.
Yes. Bath Township is a charter township governed by statute. I believe it sufficiently lays out the structure of the local government.
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Taxes, development and land use planning, sewage and water improvements. Taxes in Bath Township need to remain at low levels. We have many residents including senior citizens that rely on the lower tax rates to afford to maintain their homes in the Township. Land use and development needs to be encouraged to bring in software and like service organizations to enhance the tax base and increase the tax revenues for the township. Sewage and water systems are old and a maintenance and replacement schedule needs to be developed to address the aging infrastructure.
Yes. It will be necessary for the Counties to pick up the services that the State no longer provides.
Bath Township is a charter township. I believe that the key services that it provides are sewage, fire, and police services.
The township budget currently provides for basic services. All services are currently being used by township residents. In order to trim expenses services would have to be trimmed by eliminating or consolidating staff positions.
Yes.
Hometown Bath, MI
Education Some College, Graduate Michigan Twp Assoc, MTA Twp. Governance Academy
Family 2 Grown children, 2 Grandchildren And numerous others who call me Mom or Grandma.
Professional Experience 8 Years Licensed Real Estate Agent 31 Years Local Business Owner
Political Experience 4 yrs Bath Twp Trustee, 8 yrs Zoning Board of Appeals, 4 yrs Bath Senior Services Board 4 yrs Election Committee
I'm the only candidate who attended/graduated from Michigan Twp Assoc Governance Accadamy. I've lived in Bath since 1965, graduated from Bath High School, been a business owner for 31 years, and intend to be here for the rest of my life. Many of the other candidates recently moved here, and don't fully understand the rich & complex history of Bath. I have a much more positive perspective of Bath's potential for economic development because I've lived it. As a Trustee, often people come to me with problems and concerns. I have not, nor will I, shuffle them off to a staff member to address their issues. They elected me to serve them, that's what I have done, and will continue to do so.
Yes, but only if it is supported by the citizens of Bath by passing a millage. Although townships have little impact on road maintenance, expenditures of this magnitude (for roads or other projects for that matter) need to be supported by a vote of the people.

Bath currently provides some funds for our road repairs and maintenance to Clinton County. I'm in favor of funding more as long as we don't have to rob from our savings to do so.
No. Our Finance Committee consists of three Township Board of Trustee members who recently decided to change our governmental structure by making the Treasurer's position part-time. They intend to hire a Financial Director at a pay rate of $80,000 or more per year. Not only will this be a very costly change, but it also places the power of the purse into the hands of someone who is not required to live in Bath and is not beholding to the very people who pay the taxes he/she will be in charge of. I'm in favor of overturning that decision and keeping our finances in the hands of an elected treasurer as Michigan Statute requires.
Our citizens vote for the people they feel are best qualified to do the respected jobs in which they are elected. Giving the treasurer's authority away to an appointed Financial Director takes away the power of the citizens. We've seen how badly this sort of situation has worked out for Flint and Detroit. I see no benefit to to spending more money to hire someone to manage our money when there is a fully capable candidate running for treasurer.
1) Taking care of our tax dollars-- I will continue to vote only for budgets that are balanced and continue to monitor township spending so it doesn't exceed our revenues.

2) Keep property taxes low-- Our Finance Committee suggested raising the Police & Fire millage to free up money from our general funds. This is a "shell game" that will result in higher taxes, yet won't increase funds to our Police & Fire departments. I will vote against this Finance Committee initiative should it come before the board.

3) Community Leadership-- Bath citizens deserve representation to help them with township issues. As trustee, I encourage all citizens to contact me when they have township concern
No Shifting services to other governmental entities only reduces the voters authority to decide which services are provided and how they are administered. This sort of shift would put us at the mercy of people who might not know the dynamics our home town.

There has been talk throughout the years of abolishing township government and turning over their services to county government. This change would greatly reduce citizen's access to those governing. When citizens in Bath have a problem, they are welcome to contact me, their neighbor, and I always attempt to help them with their issue. I don't envision that sort of service if they need to contact county offices.
Of course, most vital are public safety services; Police; Fire; and Emergency Medical Care. Our Police, Firefighter, and EMT's are highly trained professionals who meet emergency needs of Bath 24/7. As our new board members prioritize our services, we must put public safety needs ahead of all other issues.

Next, services that provide a high standard of quality of life; Senior Services; Parks & Recreation. We have hundreds of area Seniors who benefit from our Senior Center by receiving nutritious meals at an affordable cost. Scores of children use our recreation programs year round. Without these services area Seniors and children would have to seek other areas to meet their needs
Luckily, Bath has a tax base large enough to support all our current programs. However, if we find ourselves in a budget crunch we may need to find ways to restructure funding for the Farmer's Market and the Library Center, and possibly other programs. I enjoy the Farmer's Market and the Library Center, and they serve a valuable public service. However, if we find ourselves in an emergency fiscal position we may need to find other means of funding or ways to help make them self-sustaining.

I'm not in favor of cutting these programs unless we find ourselves in a position where our budget spending would greatly exceed our revenue.
Yes I am current on all tax obligations.

I have no alimony or child support obligations.
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Hometown Napoleon, Michigan
Education Masters, Public Administration Bachelors, Management and Organizational Development Certified Legal Assistant 1998 Certified Level 2 Assessor Michigan) 2004-2012 Amateur Radio Operator KB8SRY (1994)
Family Married to Terry McCrimmon
Professional Experience Court Administrator 2011-present, Deputy Court Administrator (East Lansing) 2005-2011, Napoleon Township Supervisor (2004-2012) and Trustee (2000-2004), Chief Deputy Treasurer Jackson County (2001-2005), Court Services Manager (1999-2001), Legal Assistant
Political Experience Napoleon Township Supervisor 2004-2012, Napoleon Township Trustee 2000-2004.
Campaign Website http://Pick6forBath.com
Experience matters. I served Napoleon Township on its Planning Commission from 1998-2000; was elected Trustee in 2000-2004, and elected Supervisor 2004-2012 (2 terms). Currently I am chair of Bath's DDA and am a member of its Park and Recreation Committee. Most of my term as supervisor was during a recession. With a poor economy, we added to fund balance each year and worked with the local schools to install $275,000 of sidewalks through the safe routes to school grant. We nearly doubled the size of the municipal water system at no cost to the taxpayers through an agreement with BP Oil. We installed outdoor warning sirens and paved roads. My experience is a beneficial quality.
No, not locally. Before taxes are raised, a plan should be developed and all other options for funding evaluated before going to the taxpayers.For example, Bath Township has adopted a strategic plan and works off of that plan when making financial decisions and planning for the future. A solid plan into the future can be a means to avoid going to the taxpayers for more taxes. If an increase was imposed by the state, I would watch over the collection and distribution of those taxes to make sure the money stayed for roads and not used for anything else.
Yes. It is important to keep local government local. Townships vary in demographics, tax base, and the wants and needs of its taxpayers. It is important for the local unit of government to listen to its taxpayers and govern accordingly and within the law. Local control is very important.
The state and many times the county government does not consider the diversity of its local units of government and how impactful a law may be on one community versus another. At the state level, the elected officials should spend more time with their local leaders before voting on bills that do not take the locals into consideration. Just like township officials need to listen to their taxpayers, the state and county should follow suit. I was very fortunate in Napoleon Township to have good communication with my state representative, state senator, and county commissioner.
1.Maintain fiscal responsibility. Bath Township has taken positive steps by adopting a strategic plan, budgeting multiple years, and having an active Finance Committee. 2.Manage Economic Development. Bath is growing. Before we rush into development, we have to consider it with citizen engagement so those businesses are welcomed, supported, and successful. 3.Quality of life for citizens. Bath has some amazing services. For example, the senior center, library, and farmer's market. Those are important to residents. Other quality of life items contained in the Recreation Plan and Strategic Plan should have follow through. Actions speak louder than words.
No. Fortunately, property values are increasing in Bath Township. Most municipalities in Michigan have hit bottom and are seeing an increase in tax base. Townships have never received as much in state aid that Michigan cities do. Aid has also been cut to Counties, so I do not see how a county could be in a financial position to assist its townships. We should look at joint municipal projects that benefit all taxpayers. Governments need better working relationships. In Napoleon Township, we shared the costs of projects and personnel. Those included paving roads, installing outdoor warning sirens and sharing employees with our neighboring townships.
For Bath Township, the most vital services are police, fire and DPW.
Bath Township lives within its means and its budget. Its fund balance continues to grow. Money spent from fund balance is spent on capital projects/purchases. Bath Township shares my philosophy that we all must live within our means and not cash in our investments to pay day-to-day living (operating) expenses. The Finance Committee that the Township Board put together is admirable. It is working for the benefit of its taxpayers.
Yes.
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Hometown Grand Ledge
Education attended M.S.U., no degree Operating Engineers Apprenticeship
Family married with two daughters age 15 and 13
Professional Experience Crane Operator for 15 years have attained 14 crane and heavy equipment related certifications
Political Experience Chair, Clinton County Democratic Party Operating Engineers Local 324 PAC
Campaign Website http://www.Pick6forBath.com
I serve on a P.A.C. and as Chair of the Clinton County Democratic Party. These unique positions have developed certain traits that should help me as a trustee. In these capacities I spend a great deal of time listening to others. It’s amazing how much you fail to accomplish when you are too busy voicing your own opinion to listen to the folks you are supposed to be representing. The other important thing to note is that my job is to elevate and assist others at being successful. My entire political experience is in service to other community leaders. By striving to help them be successful, I hope to ultimately serve everyone in the community. This mindset makes for a good team player.
Roads and infrastructure are important issues to our township. I do not feel it is currently necessary to raise taxes for road improvements; however I wouldn't necessarily rule it out in the future either. It’s important to maintain enough flexibility to deal with issues like this in the context that they are presented to you. On a more general note, I would absolutely support taxing all affected parties more fairly. That is to say, large corporations reap huge benefits from quality infrastructure so why should the working class be stuck with the majority of the bill.
Overall, I am comfortable with the scope and structure of Bath’s government. We have a good mix of professionals that provide great service to our community, and a healthy amount of energetic and creative citizens willing to donate their time to improve Bath.
I don’t think there is a problem with the structure of Bath’s government. I think we can make improvements in its outcomes. We definitely can improve our effectiveness.
The biggest issue facing Bath Township is preserving its unique character. Bath is a wonderfully diverse township with rural, natural and more suburban neighborhoods. Uncontrolled economic development could pose a serious threat to the character of this town, especially where rental properties are concerned. Other important issues facing Bath are how to maintain fiscal responsibility while creating the best quality of life possible. Bath currently has great community assets like the Senior Center, Farmer’s Market and Library Center while still enjoying some of the lowest tax rates around. We need to continue demonstrating these sound money managing policies
The county is also affected by this ill-advised state policy.We need to do everything possible to reverse the current trend of revenue sharing being practiced by the state.
Emergency services and key infrastructure such as sewer and roads are usually considered the most vital services provided by any town and Bath is no exception.
Bath residents enjoy one of the lowest tax burdens in the area, and the township doesn't really have any extravagant services. Continued sound money managing principles will make trimming expenses unnecessary.
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Hometown Mammoth Lakes California and Bath Township
Education B.A. from University of Denver M.A. from Indiana University
Family Married, 3 adult children. All living in Michigan
Professional Experience University administration - Director of Financial Aid responsible for highly regulated programs serving students. Software development and sales.
Political Experience Chair of Bath Farmers Market Board. Service to the community as member of informal committee to consider feasibility of an integrated community center.
Campaign Website http://danforbath.org
I have considerable experience in my professional career in higher education managing complex processes, working with committees and boards, and maintaining compliance with regulatory bodies. I have been trained to be an effective communicator giving me the ability to listen and understand what others have to say, then carefully consider that point of view as I shape my responses and actions. My formal education is in higher education administration and has bearing on my understanding of governance by a board that is charged with planning, financing, and sustaining the organization.
The primary responsibility for maintaining roads belongs to the State and County. Bath Charter Township plays a minor role. Raising taxes exclusively for road improvements would not be practical or realistic. So the answer is no tax increase at the Township level. I believe the State and County need to consider how those bodies will pay for our badly needed road maintenance.
Yes. Bath Charter Township has, within its authority, created programs and places that are of great benefit to the community. In the past 8 years we have started a very successful farmers market, created a library center that serves the community, a senior services program and center that has become home to many seniors in our Township. The Township has also exercised wise stewardship of Park Lake that is now a popular destination for recreation. Under the township system of government as defined by the State, Bath Charter Township is fulfilling its responsibilities and is highly responsive and welcoming of all citizens to participate.
As a charter township the structure and duties of the Board of Trustees is defined by State law. The Board of Trustees are bound by State law to carry out specific duties. Bath Township conducts all of the administrative and public service duties defined in the Michigan constitution and charter township requirements.
1. Managing growth. Bath Charter Township provides great diversity in living environments. Student apartments, suburban neighborhoods, rural living are all available in the Township. I will strive to maintain this diversity. 2. Fiscal responsibility. Bath Charter Township does not have a budget problem. The Township maintains the recommended fund balance. This status needs to be continued and I will support measures that contribute to a continued sound administration of Township resources. 3. Non motorized trails. I want to work to encourage the development of trails that will connect Bath to the extensive trail system in Ingham County.
For Bath Charter Township - with the exception of road improvements in the jurisdiction of the Clinton County - no. Bath Charter Township is financially sound and offers high quality services to its citizens. The Township has the structure and resources needed without assistance from Clinton County beyond those services already provided.
Police - Bath Charter Township maintains an excellent police force. Fire and Emergency Services - The Township has great resources. Public infrastructure like sewer systems, emergency sirens, parks, and other public spaces. Zoning and code enforcement to maintain safety and to maintain the character of the Township. Public services like the farmers market, senior center, library center, parks and recreation.
All Township services are vital to Bath Charter Township. The present financial health of the Township and healthy fund reserve does not dictate a need to lower expenses. I do however believe that the Township can better utilize technology to streamline citizen interaction with the Township and make those processes more efficient.
Yes.

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