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Notice of General Election, Nov. 6, 2012



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October 31, 2012 - NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012

IN THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF INDEPENDENCE

To the Qualified Electors:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Election will be held in the:

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF INDEPENDENCE

County of Oakland, State of Michigan

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012

The polls will be open at 7 o'clock a.m. and will remain open until 8 o'clock p.m.

ALL POLLING PLACES ARE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

BRAILLE AND AUDIO VERSIONS OF VOTING INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE

At the polling places listed below:

PRECINCT # POLLING LOCATION

1 St. Trinity Lutheran Church

7925 Sashabaw Rd.

2 First Congregational Church

5449 Clarkston Rd.

3 & 4 North Oaks Community Church

9600 Ortonville Rd.

5 Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church

6805 Bluegrass

6 Clarkston Community Church

6300 Clarkston Rd.

7 Clarkston Free Methodist Church

5482 Winell St. at Maybee Rd.

8 Maranatha Baptist Church

5790 Flemings Lake Rd.

9 & 10 Mt. Zion Church 4900 Maybee Rd.

11 Oakland Woods Baptist Church

5628 Maybee Rd.

12 Independence Township Public Library

6495 Clarkston Rd.

13 Carriage House @ Clintonwood Park

6000 Clarkston Rd.

14 Pine Knob Elementary School

6020 Sashabaw Rd.

Absent voter ballots may be obtained from:

Township Clerk

6483 Waldon Center Dr.

P.O. Box 69

Clarkston, Michigan 48347

The Tuesday, November 6, 2012 General Election will be conducted in all voting precincts of the Charter Township of Independence for the purpose of nominating candidates of all participating political parties for the following offices:

PRESIDENT / VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES;

CONGRESSIONAL: United States Senator; Representative in Congress 8th District;

LEGISLATIVE: Representative in State Legislature-43rd District;

MEMBER OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION;

REGENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN;

TRUSTEE OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY;

GOVERNOR OF WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY;

COUNTY: County Executive; Prosecutor; Sheriff; Clerk/Register of Deeds; Treasurer; Water Resources Commissioner; and County Commissioner Districts 1 and 4;

TOWNSHIP: Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer and Trustee;

NON-PARTISAN JUDICIAL: Justice of the Supreme Court; Justice of the Supreme Court, Incumbent; Judge of the Court of Appeals, Incumbent 2nd District; Judge of the Circuit Court, Incumbent 6th Circuit; Judge of the Circuit Court, Non-Incumbent 6th Circuit; and Judge of Probate, Incumbent;

LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER: Clarkston Community Schools; Lake Orion Community Schools; and Waterford School District

AND for the purpose of voting on the following proposals:

STATE:

PROPOSAL 12-1, A REFERENDUM ON PUBLIC ACT 4 OF 2011 THE EMERGENCY MANAGER LAW:

Public Act 4 of 2011 would:

- Establish criteria to assess the financial condition of local government units, including school districts.

- Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financial emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials.

- Require EM to develop financial and operating plans, which may include modification or termination of contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services, and use of assets until the emergency is resolved.

- Alternatively, authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a local government approved consent decree.

Should this law be approved?

Yes:

No:

PROPOSAL 12-2, A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING:

This proposal would:

- Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions.

- Invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees' financial support of their labor unions. Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking.

- Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict with collective bargaining agreements. Define "employer" as a person or entity employing one or more employees.

Should this law be approved?

Yes:

No:

PROPOSAL 12-3, A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH A STANDARD FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY:

This proposal would:

- Require electric utilities to provide at least 25% of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources, which are wind, solar, biomass and hydropower, by 2025.

- Limit to not more than 1 per year electric utility rate increases charged to consumers only to achieve compliance with the renewable energy standard.

- Allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25% standard in order to prevent rate increases over the 1% limit.

- Require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment and employment of Michigan residents.

Should this law be approved?

Yes:

No:

PROPOSAL 12-4, A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH THE MICHIGAN QUALITY HOME CARE COUNCIL AND PROVIDE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR IN-HOME CARE WORKERS:

- Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC). Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws.

- Require MQHCC to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who pass background checks, and provide financial services to patients to manage the cost of in-home care.

- Preserve patients' rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC registry who are bargaining unit members.

- Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment.

Should this law be approved?

Yes:

No:

PROPOSAL 12-5, A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO LIMIT THE ENACTMENT OF NEW TAXES BY STATE GOVERNMENT; and 12-6, A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES AND TUNNELS:

This proposal would:

Require a 2/3 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, in order for the State of Michigan to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers or expand the base of taxation or increasing the rate of taxation.

This section shall in in no way be construed to limit or modify tax limitations otherwise created in this Constitution.

Should this law be approved?

Yes:

No:

PROPOSAL 12-6, A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

This proposal would:

- Require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election and in each municipality where "new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles" are to be located before the State of Michigan may expend state funds or resources for acquiring land, designing, soliciting bids for, constructing, financing, or promoting new international bridges or tunnels.

- Create a definition of "new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles" that means, "any bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of January 1, 2012."

Should this law be approved?

Yes:

No:

LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT: Waterford School District, OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2013 tax levy.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Waterford School District, Oakland County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 10 years, 2014 to 2013, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in2014 is approximately $11,900,000 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?

Yes:

No:

DISTRICT LIBRARY:

Clarkston Independence District Library

Library Millage Proposal

Shall the Clarkston Independence District Library, County of Oakland, Michigan, levy an amount not to exceed 1.25 mills ($1.25 on each $1,000 of taxable value) against all taxable real and tangible personal property within the Clarkston Independence District Library District for a period of eight (8) years, 2012 to 2019, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for all District Library purposes authorized by law; and shall the District Library levy such new additional millage for said purpose? The estimate of the revenue the Clarkston Independence District Library will collect if the millage is approved and levied by the District Library in the 2012 calendar year is approximately $1,710,000. It is estimated that 99.4% of the annual millage revenue would be dispersed to the Clarkston Independence District Library for all District Library purposes authorized by law and, as required by law, 0.6% would be disbursed to the Charter Township of Independence Sashabaw Road Corridor Improvement Authority. The amount disbursed to the Sashabaw Road Corridor Improvement Authority shall be collected solely from properties within the Sashabaw Road Corridor Improvement Authority District.

Yes:

No:

COUNTY TREASURER'S STATEMENT

AS REQUIRED BY ACT NO. 62

OF THE PUBLIC ACTS OF 1933 AS AMENDED

I, Andrew E. Meisner, County Treasurer of the County of Oakland, State of Michigan, do hereby certify that according to the records in my office, as of October 19, 2012, the total of all voted increases in the tax rate limitation above the 18 mills established by Section 6 of Article IX of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 affecting taxable property in the Township of Independence, in said County, is as follows:

VOTED YEARS INCREASE

LOCAL UNIT INCREASE EFFECTIVE

Township of 3.1688 Dec. 2008 ( 4 years)

Independence .4494 Dec. 2009 (10 years)

0.1 2008 2017 Incl.

Clarkston Community 19.2491 2006 2015

Schools (Non-Homestead)

Lake Orion Community 18.00 2005 2014 Incl.

Schools (Non-Homestead)

2.25 2006 - 2014 Incl.

Waterford School 18.00 2004 2013 Incl.

District

County School District

of Oakland County 3.6483 Unlimited County of Oakland .2415 2012 2021 Incl.

Oakland Community 1.00 Unlimited

College .7811 Beg. 07/01/2012

(10 years) Andrew E. Meisner, Treasurer Dated: October 19, 2012

Oakland County

Barbara A. Pallotta, CMC

Township Clerk

PUBLISHED & POSTED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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