Thought I’d share with you what an anonymous commenter thinks should be in a township abolition by referendum bill:
(1) The County and/or municipalities must be given express authority to levy taxes for services previously provided by the township;
(2) The county needs to be empowered to distribute interim public assistance for residents of the former township, either by the Chairman or his/her designee, and given levy authority for that purpose;
(3) Motor Fuel Taxes need to continue to be available to the county and municipalities for former township roads;
(4) The dissolution of the township must not take effect until the next scheduled township elections, as is the case with SB003 as it pertains to the Road District being subsumed within the township by referendum.
(5) The referendum has to be on a general election date (greater public participation).
(6) The referendum signature requirement must be 8% of the voters in the previous election for governor (required by statute already).
(7) There should be no percentage reduction for the new levy because the outgoing township could set their levy to zero so 90% of zero is still zero.
(8) There needs to continue to be a two level appeal for assessments and the County Assessor needs to be empowered to take over the assessments.