Bath Township Supervisor, 4-year term

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    Marie Howe

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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 Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home, Eaton Rapids, MI
Education Michigan State University - BA Criminal Justice Lansing Community College - Associate Degrees in Business/Law Enforcement & General Education
Family Married 51 years to C. William (Bill) Howe wtih 2 sons / 3 grandchildren
Professional Experience Deputy U.S. Marshal W.A.E.; Western District, U.S. Marshal Service MI Legislature/ Senate & House of Representative Approved Trained Mediator State Court Administrative Office
Political Experience Served as an Assistant Sergreant-at- Arms for the MI Senate. Worked on State Level campaigns while serving as a Legislative Assistant / Legislaive Director in the MI Senate and House of Representaives
My qualifications and life experiences bring a broader level of understanding of how local government should work. Understanding what is expected from a legislative body and working with others to make difficult decisions is a key component. Working in the MI Legislature gave me an understanding of government. It takes more than education, it takes common sense and the willingness to find answers that may not totally agree with ones vision; this is what a leader does to advance its constituency. Local policy maker address budgets & growth that would include balanced budgets, programs with community ownership, economic growth, but most of all trust that is earned & not an expected entitlement
No. Road improvement is an economic infrastructure and raising taxes locally should be the last, not the first, consideration when addressing this issue Creative budget management and keeping spending in check should always be a part of the "bigger" plan when reviewing what a community needs.
At this time, No. Local government is the closest entity voters have to direct input regarding their communities. When this input is silenced the voters/residents suffer. A broad scope within government means individuals are allowed access, true access, to their legislators and real access to government workings. When artificial barriers are put in place, the process begins to break down. I believe residents need to "know" they have a voice, ownership, and something to contribute to their community thus helping to make the community a family. Without this, a community contracts into cliques with only a few voices allowed.
At this stage I would look to the help of our new Board of Trustees to help reverse the attempt to remove our full-time Treasurer to a part-time Treasurer. Our community has not reached the growth stage for this move. Leadership has been weak and there is the fear it will continue. Our government structure, at this time, has 19 committees, boards, commissions and advisory committees creating artificial road blocks to make clear decisions that impact our community. There are many areas in our structure that need close review.
1. Part time Treasurer vs a Full time Treasurer -- work to repeal the Resolution that is to take effect in November 2016

2. Work to include all Board members in a new Finance Committee instead of allowing 3 board members to make decisions and inform others regrading Bath Charter Townships finances. Along with the help of the new Board, outline exactly what is expected of the newly founded Finance Committee.

3. I would look closely at our Committee, Boards, Commissions and the Advisory appointments, with the new Board of Trustees, to stream-line the structure allowing for a better methodology for project completions; in addition creating a better flow of information between membe
No, because Bath Township is a Charter Township and we have the authority to create an independent revenue stream through property taxes. We also support a millage of 3 mills for Fire and Police services. Historically and presently, our expenditures have exceeded our revenue intake, giving pause to review critical decision making regarding our townships finances.
Our community has always consider the Fire and Police Departments as vital services. For those impacted, our sewer and water services are also vital.. We all look to our schools as the back bone for our community and regard any support our government can give as important to the development of our community..
For many years our Township budget has had to be supplemented with our General Fund dollars, as spending has exceeded revenues. This is unacceptable as we should never have to use our savings to help balance our budget such as paying for uncontrolled spending; for example, giving raises in 2016 to our Supervisor and Trustees without reviewing the budget . Leadership with our investments have been weak over the years leaving us to say "what if". I believe, reducing expenses across the board would be a good start to "living within our means" without going over our expected revenue. Many other municipalities have looked at being a little more austere in trimming expenses.

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