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Leroy Township Treasurer - 4 Year Term- Vote For Not More Than 1

Leroy Township Treasurer

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  • Carlene Bell
    (Dem)

  • Roberta M Hamlin
    (Rep)

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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.

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Hometown Owosso, MI
Education MSU, BS in Community Services CMU, 3 year Basic MMT's Institute
Family Husband Richard, 2 children and 3 grandchildren
Professional Experience Michigan Township Association Michigan Municipal Treasurers' Association Michigan Government Finance Officers Association
Political Experience Township Treasurer 28 years Planning Commission 4 years Zoning Board of Appeals 4 years Ingham County Fair Board 8 years
I have served as Township Treasurer for 28 years. I have training and knowledge in the role and responsibilities of a township official and the knowledge of how a township board operates. I have a good relationship with county government.
No. I believe, in most cases, that if government officials would budget to provide for constituents’ needs and less for bigger government, there wouldn’t be a need for adding millage for everything.
Yes. I believe smaller community government is important. We have direct contact with our constituents and an understanding of our community. When I collect taxes, I see where the money is coming from. When I pass it on to other units, I believe the money becomes less personal to those who are deciding how it is spent.
I believe the current government structure is effective. Regionalization of government would be much less cost effective.
1) Zoning. Planning the community. Growth is important to keep the Township strong but only if it is adhered to and the proper channels followed. Timely enforcement is essential. 2) Accessibility to local government which includes more availability to online services. We have recently included our tax roll online and are in the process to make payments available through Point & Pay. We have also added a drop box at our front door. 3) A recent community survey showed a desire for more recreation. We are currently moving forward on the development of a township park.
Local government must budget wisely. The county continues to request more millage to provide for county needs and yet has cut services to residents outside of Lansing, i.e., sheriff patrol and the park in Mason. The more populated areas tend to get a seemingly disproportionate amount of services from the county.
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Yes.

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