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JFPowers



Joined: 27 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:19 pm 
Post subject: Township Consolidation Survey
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I decided to create a survey to better understand everyone’s thoughts on the consolidation issue. While I was on the island the last several days, numerous folks voiced there opinions and I thought I’d like to get more input so here is the link to the poll.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6962FPB

A note, I set up this survey as a concerned citizen of Beaver Island it is not in any way related to my position as a St James Township Trustee

Thanks for your time,

Jeff Powers
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JFPowers



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:08 pm 
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A lot of great input by many people.

Here is a link to the results so far:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-YPP6T9LF8/
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meadefamily



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:26 pm 
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This is great Jeff! Can you post the written answers as well?
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JFPowers



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:00 pm 
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I think the written results are viewable now

https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-YPP6T9LF8/
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BI Pirate



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:34 pm 
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Nice job Doc. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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islandliving



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:43 pm 
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Great job Jeff. Good to see so much input on such a short time.

John McCafferty
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carolburton



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:43 pm 
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Interesting that the answer to this question: Are you satisfied with the direction of the government in .... is so similar for both townships.
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carolburton



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:45 am 
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I would like to see more people answer this survey. This is the site that was just released to inform about the township consolidation.

https://lefevream.wixsite.com/beaverislandtownship
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JFPowers



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:50 am 
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To date 177 responses have been received. I can keep the survey open for up to a month. I can answer any data questions also
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medic5740



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:43 am 
Post subject: Tax levies
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I can only assume that the County accepted the petition after checking the voted millage for both townships.

Can we get voted millage amounts per township posted here side by side to see how they compare?

I'm also curious if the millage in the petition as listed is to be considered voted millage and not levied millage. I would think that the levied millage would still be determined if the consolidation goes forth.

Anyone know the answers to this?

Joe Moore
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Jimmy McCafferty



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:36 am 
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Just curious Joe Moore if you would consider am open discussion on this issue face to face. Maybe it is time to call your bluff The ball is in your court
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medic5740



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:27 am 
Post subject: On Consolidation?
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I'm not sure what this previous post means. I'm just looking for information and then passing this information on to those that are interested.

I would gladly have a conversation with anyone about the consolidation. I have been having them. Someone asked me about the millage. I didn't know the answer, so I said I'd post about it.

Then I noticed that the information that I asked about was very shortly posted on the following website:

https://lefevream.wixsite.com/beaverislandtownship/faq

Down on this page is the exact information answer that I was asked about.

I'm concerned about the "call your bluff" comment, however. I am only trying to help gather and provide information on this issue.

Joe Moore
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Andy's Grooming Barn



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:44 am 
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I just was reading the website that Joe suggested and I feel like the questions we all have are not being answered. It is so vague, such as we might save money by consolidating the two boards but then again it might cost more money. Not really any facts in this website to help me, I would not want to consolidate just because it sounds like a good idea. My concern is if we do consolidate the full amount starts getting levied to cover attorney costs, increased salaries, software upgrades etc. I guess I had assumed that before this was put on to the ballot there was a estimated budget that was figured up for initial costs as well as what the future costs would be once the townships were consolidated. I was hoping for more firm figures as well as examples from other townships which have done this in the past.
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JFPowers



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:08 am 
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I categorized the comments section of the survey and attempted to bring out the major concerns. I may have missed a few points but here is what it appeared to me to show.

Tax Concerns 28.06% 39

Economy Improvement 20.86% 29

Ferry Costs 20.86% 29

Tourism Improvement 20.14% 28

Community Working Together 10.79% 15

School reform 7.19% 10

Internet 6.47% 9

Health Center 5.04% 7

Natural Resource mgmnt 5.04% 7

Infrastructure 4.32% 6

EMS 3.60% 5

Non Homestead Voice Heard 2.88% 4

Cost of Living 2.16% 3

Roads 2.16% 3

Cell Phone 1.44% 2

Tiny Homes 1.44% 2

Energy 0.72% 1

Get rid of Forum 0.72% 1

Off Island Management 0.72% 1

Recreation 0.72% 1

Hopefully both the proponents of consolidation and those opposed to consolidation will come forward with ideas that will help address the concerns of all of those with an interest in the islands future and that responded to this survey.

Thanks everyone for the great responses and ideas. I recommend that everyone on Beaver Island reads all of these comments there are many, many great ideas in there.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:53 pm 
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BUMP! Great summary of information. Also see BITA/BIBCO post.
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