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Victor Township Trustee, 4-year term, vote for 2

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  • Margaret Sayles

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    Mike Wall

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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 originally from Kawkawlin, MI 22 years in Laingsburg
Education Bay City Western High School BS in Public Administration from Michigan State University
Family Husband, Bob Sayles Daughter Kelly Carbary and son Robby Sayles
Professional Experience Maggie works for the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan where she is currently managing a $15million dollar grant to aid in the recovery of the Flint Water Crisis. She is passionate about workforce and economic issues ranging from training our young people to getting small business up and running. Leadership team member for the 3-238th Family Readiness Group (Grand Ledge MI)
Political Experience Ms. Sayles was first elected into office in 2002 when she ran for Laingsburg Community School’s Board of Education. This marks her 14th year on the board, 4 of which she served as board president.
I will bring a wealth of knowledge to the Victor Township Board, including budget and operations, board governance, leadership, strategic thinking, problem solving and outstanding customer service. She is committed to serving the citizens of Victor Township with integrity, honesty and transparency as she has done for years as a member of the school board, an active citizen and volunteer
Road funding continues to be a real issue at all levels of government. Improvements must be made, but all options must be looked at, understood, and shared with the residents prior to any decision on funding is made. Mileage and bonding may be ways to relieve local budgets for future road improvement.
I have difficulty understanding why county and township officials run under a political party. At this level, the government is about the community and safety, not state policy.
Candidate did not provide a response.
1) Maintaining roads throughout the whole township. I would work with the full board and planning committee to ensure all residents have safe roads. This has not always happened in the past 2) Keeping fire and rescue services with LSW. 3) continuing the contracts for professional services at the Township hall and facilities.
Services need to be maintained. Perhaps looking at shared services, non overlapping, with county involvement would be helpful.
fire and safety.
I do not have enough information to speak intelligently about this subject.
Hometown Constantine, Michigan
Education B.S. in Education 1974, Central Michigan University
Family wife Elaine, sons Eric and Chris
Professional Experience 30 years plus as manager for fund raising, alumni relations and communications. Executive for universities, colleges and hospitals.
Political Experience Elected as a Victor Township Trustee, 2012-16. Appointed Victor Township Clerk in 2011.
My extensive professional experience in managing staff and budgets in a highly complex environment allows me to analyze problems and propose common sense solutions. As a former clerk and for the past four years as a Township Trustee, I have worked to improve the roads in Victor Township and helped lead the effort to review our fire and rescue services and negotiate a contract with Laingsburg Sciota Woodull Fire Authority (LSW). Those are important issues with the residents of Victor Township.
The voters of Victor Township have voted for a 1.5 mill assessment and renewed that millage. As a Victor Township Trustee, I support renewing that millage as the only way currently to improve our local roads. The taxpayers of Victor Township, and I think the State of Michigan, would support raising taxes to improve our roads and infrastructure if they believe those taxes will be used for the purpose as intended.
No. I am not comfortable with either the structure or scope of local government. Townships were created when Michigan became a state. The size was determined by how far someone could ride a horse in one day. As former Township Clerk and now as a Trustee, I see too much duplication between the roles of township officials and those of the county. By consolidating those entities, we could reduce the cost of government and use those savings on roads and services. I do not think that local input by our citizens would be lost in this consolidation. Less government and fewer politicians would mean more money for roads and services. We might even save a few tax dollars!
Instead of Townships I would propose changing the structure of the county commission so that each township would have two seats on the county commission. Township halls would remain to help serve local needs, such as meeting places and voting precincts. The Township jobs of supervisor, clerk and treasurer are all duplicated at the county level.
Fire and Rescue Services: under our previous provider we were paying too much for the services we were receiving. Poor decisions by previous fire chiefs and its board led to increased costs and services. I'll continue to work with LSW as our new fire and rescue service provider to keep costs down and provide prompt response times. Roads: from 1992 -2007, the Victor Township budget for roads was $4.5 Million. The area surrounding Lake Victoria which comprises almost a third of the population, received only $100,000 in designated funding. All areas of the township should be served by the township budget. Victor Township has some valuable assets. They need to be professionally managed.
Only if county government is reformed so that duplication of elected officials and duties are reduced.
Fire and Rescue services are the most vital. Minutes can decide life and death. There is a nationwide shortage of volunteer fire fighters and emergency medical personnel. Small units, such as individual townships, do not have the resources to provide cost effective and competent service. We need to consolidate units in order to provide better services across the county.
Victor Township provides excellent services at reasonable costs. By going with our new fire and rescue service (LSW) provider we are reducing costs both short term and long term while providing better services.