October 25, 2016

Ogemaw County Election Results

Last updated Nov. 8, at 10:38 p.m.

All Precincts are reporting.

Results are unofficial. Winners are in bold. * Signifies an incumbent.

COOR Special Education Millage
Yes 3,533
No 4,394

West Branch City Council At Large
*Bill Ehinger 169
*Kim Ervans 123
Doug Gough 97
Mike Jackson 86
Denise Lawrence 148
John Young 100

West Branch City Council Mayor
*Todd Thompson 228

Rose City Mayor
*Dave Reasner 41

Rose City Clerk
*Cindy Wiltse 43

Rose City Treasurer
*Carol Butler 42

Rose City Ward 1
*Marva Hartman 13

Rose City Ward 3
*Leona Pariseau 18



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I was so glad to hear of the defeat to this millage! Today’s economy does not support an additional tax increase! We already pay towards the COOR ISD in our real estate taxes. I think the voters of the COOR district have spoken and I truly hope this issue is tabled for a long time to come. First and foremost, I am not against special needs at all, just the way the COOR ISD went about this millage proposal. Did the voters who said YES realize that the administrators received a 3% pay increase before asking for the millage? And how disproportionate is the breakdown between the 4 counties? Very much so. Sorry, but IF I get a raise it’s maybe 25 to 40 cents an hour. This raise needs to go for costs like health insurance, car insurance, house insurance, gasoline (that just went UP again!!), utilities, etc etc. I just can’t afford to be doling out more money to an entity that gives out 3% pay raises and then asks the voters to help fund that raise. And before y’all get nuts on me, I know that the millage was for the kids, too. But if the proposed millage were (a) properly proportionate to county/students and (b) not to subsidize the pay raises, I would have voted yes. I think the school districts need to realize that you just can’t be asking for more money without making concessions. Unfortunately that means difficult decisions to be made that will no doubt cost people their jobs. But c’mon – the salaries and benefits given to even the lowest people on the totem pole far exceed my salary, even if I worked to be 80. They school district provides a healthy paycheck, health insurance that is the Cadillac of all (and yes, I know, there is a portion paid individually as well), generous time off during the summer, etc etc. And while we’re on that subject, why oh why do I pass one-quarter to one-third full school buses everyday? What a waste of fuel and resources!

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