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Meridian Township Clerk

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    Brett Dreyfus

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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.

Home address Meridian Township
Education Political Science, Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University
Professional Experience * Communications Director for Michigan Association of Deaf & Hearing Services (Statewide United Way of Michigan agency) * Communications Director for TECH 2000 (Federal project to provide technology resources to Michigan residents with special needs, elderly, and at-risk populations). * Executive Producer for VideoWave Productions (Write, edit and produce educational and instructional video programs for wide variety of clients).
Political Experience * Elected Meridian Township Clerk (2012 - 2016) * Elected Meridian Township Trustee (2008 - 2012) * Chairperson -- Meridian Election Commission (2012 - 2016) * Appointed Board Representative: Meridian Economic Development Corporation (2012 - 2016) * Meridian Township Planning Commissioner (2000 - 2004) * Meridian Township Zoning Board of Appeals (2000 - 2001)
I am running for Re-Election as Meridian Township Clerk. After completing an intensive 3-year training program administered through Central Michigan University, I achieved the professional designation Certified Michigan Municipal Clerk. I am also accredited by the State of Michigan as an Election Administrator for Meridian Township. Since taking office in 2012, I have successfully administered 8 (eight) elections in Meridian Township. I have implemented new technologies in the Clerk's Office, including online codification of Township ordinances, conducted numerous voter registrations drives at schools and senior facilities, and increased our election worker pool with 40 new inspectors!
I do not support raising local taxes at this time to pay for road improvements. Residents pay enough taxes through millages currently in place. I would advocate for enhanced state revenue sharing with local municipalities, which for many years was significantly higher than it has been for the past 4 years. A reasonable statewide gas tax modification could also yield revenues which could be disbursed to Townships across the state to help repair roads and improve infrastructure.
Overall I am comfortable with the structure and scope of local government. All organizations, whether for-profit, nonprofit, or governmental, could use continual improvement processes and rigorous self-examination to discover new efficiencies and to reduce waste and ineffective programs and services. Beyond a normal annual financial audit, Meridian Township regularly solicits the input of citizens and various stakeholders to gauge opinions about a wide variety of programs and services the Township provides. We use that data to guide decision-making, including budget issues and prioritizing limited resources.
I have proposed to form a new public advisory body called the Meridian Transportation Commission. This body, comprised of appointees, would serve to provide input, analysis and guidance on a wide range of critical issues related to transportation in the Meridian Township. Some of these issues include: making necessary modifications to the Redi-Ride system, reviewing and providing insights into the $144 million CATA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) proposal, and helping implement Complete Streets design elements and infrastructure.
1. Poor land-use decisions made by a majority of Board members, that leads to urban sprawl and loss of greenspace and natural areas. In my 13 years of Township governmental experience, I have strongly opposed unnecessary upzonings, Special Use Permits, and inappropriate high-density developments. 2. Allowing developers & real-estate speculators to use loopholes in the Mixed Use Ordinance to circumvent our land-use rules, resulting in huge density increases without any offsetting protection of habitats, wetlands, and natural areas in order to balance out the large population increases. 3. Deteriorating infrastructure - implement an Urban Services Boundary, helps budget by reducing expenses
Not really. That just "kicks the can down the road" by shifting expenses to the County, which will have to raise taxes in order to fund new programs and services that were originally provided to city/township residents.
Police, fire and ambulance (EMS) services are most vital. Infrastructure (water, sewer, pipes) and roads are critical.
Meridian Township runs a lean budget, with very low operating expenses compared to most municipalities. There are virtually no "fatty areas" that can be trimmed without causing a negative impact that would be felt by citizens and businesses in the Township.
Yes, all my taxes are paid in full, and have no back taxes to pay. I have no outstanding unpaid obligations of any kind.