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County Commissioner (Ingham County / 9Th District) - 2 Year Term - Vote For Not More Than 1

County Commissioner (Ingham County / 9Th District) - 2 Year Term - Vote For Not More Than 1

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  • Ashlyne V Borruso
    (Rep)

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    Carol N. Koenig
    (Dem)

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

Should the county spend more on parks? Yes or no, please explain.

Is the quality of county roads acceptable? Yes or no, please explain.

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 county government? Yes or no, please explain.

To promote efficiency and lower costs should the role of county government expand and the role of city and township government shrink? Yes or no, please explain.

Related to government structure, what would you change?

What are the three most important issues facing the county 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 county residents? Yes or no, please explain.

What county services do you consider most vital?

What county 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.

The county now levies seven special millages for issues such as healthcare, juvenile services, the zoo and parks and trails. A new millage is proposed for animal control services, and discussions are underway for a new jail, which could result in a millage. What is your position on the taxation level for services in Ingham County? Which millages would you propose eliminating? Would you support new millages, and if so, for what services?

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Hometown EAST LANSING
Education J.D. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL B.A. UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT EAST LANSING HIGH SCHOOL OXFORD UNIVERSITY-Corpus Christi
Family 35 YEARS WITH JAMES and OUR AMAZING SON NICK IS NOW 12
Professional Experience LAW OFFICE OF CAROL N. KOENIG SPECIAL MASTER CLASS ACTION SMITH BROTHER'S LAW
Political Experience INGHAM COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 9 EAST LANSING SINCE 2008 PRECINCT DELEGATE
Experience and passion.
If there was money available then yes, otherwise no.
Never in my lifetime have the roads in Michigan been acceptable.
At some point it seems inevitable doesn't it?
This question is over broad and vague. So, it depends on what you mean.

Does the county need more tasks and things to do...probably not, we are pretty busy. Never a dull moment.
To promote efficiency and lower costs for whom? The role of county government should expand when it makes sense.
Everything. If the world would only come along, democracy and politics would be every person's game. Everyone would vote because they understood what was at stake and felt deeply that they were part of the solution.
The county is well run and suffers less than our local municipal units from small or short sighted decisions that involve money. But, that said, most problems are easier to solve with more money... and in that way, the county is no different than its brethren. So, the 3 most important issues facing the county are financial, financial and financial.

If you have financial security...everything else comes more easily.

Much of our funding comes from property taxes, so, property values would have to go up to solve this problem, unless the state wants to kick in more revenue sharing and that doesn't seem likely right now.
You would have ask a more specific question. It is appropriate for the county to assume a larger role in providing services to county residents IF and when 1.) they ask for the county to do so and don't have it pushed upon them 2.) when it is non-duplicative 3.) when it is efficient and makes sense 4.) when it is fair 5.) when it is sound public policy 6.) when the county is the best entity to provide the service...and many other whens...sometimes it does make sense.
Health and Human Services...the Health Department.
All of them have something that can be trimmed if you look closely. It is just a matter of necessity and efficiency.

You could remove your headlights and mirrors to make your car more fuel efficient...but would you?
Yes.
First, there are 9 special millages (not 7 as stated).

Second, you would be an idiot to put a jail millage on a ballot today... it would not pass. Jails are just not the kind of thing that people vote for historically. Once every blue moon a jail millage might pass, but not usually.

The voters are (and should be) the ultimate voice in what services they want to pay for and at what level they think is appropriate.

All of the mileages serve valuable functions. When the voters decide they don't want them, they will let us know at the ballot box. None of the special mileages are set in stone...they come up for renewal every few years. Each election is a new opportunity to let us know.

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