A campaign committee has been created in support of City Proposal One. Expenses associated with the campaign include postage for mailings, printing and yard signs. They are asking for contributions to the campaign.
Yes for City Parks needs help with letters to the editor and donations to help pay for 1200 postcards. Election deadlines are fast approaching, so they are asking that in the next five days supporters write letters to the editor and donate $10, $15, or more to Yes for City Parks. Donations may be directed to: Yes for City Parks 233 N Madison TC, MI 49684
Tuesday, October 14th at noon is the deadline for submitting Letters to the Editor.
Checks made out to: Yes for City Parks. Visit Yes for City Parks on Facebook.
Election day 2014 is Tuesday, November 4
- What’s your ballot look like this year?
- Do you need an absentee ballot?
- If not absentee, where is your voting location?
I heard a rumor yesterday that over 60% of the public wasn’t aware that in a month there is an election. That’s a big hurdle for would be elected officials and for supporters of state-wide and local proposals. It’s even more surprising when one looks at the size of this round’s ballot–there’s a lot on there, including Senator Carl Levin’s seat in the U.S. Senate, congressional seats, supreme court and lower court judges, University boards, and other state wide seats.
Locally, there are no City Commission seats open. There will be three commission seats and the mayor’s position up for election in 2015. There are several County Commissioner seats open though, in addition to a millage renewal for TCAPS, a county proposal to charge for 911 services, and the following City proposal aimed at creating a fund for investing in City Parks.
City Proposal 1: Brown Bridge Trust Proposal
Shall the Charter of the City of Traverse City, Section 129, which currently provides that the principle of the Brown Bridge Trust Fund may only be used upon approval of the voters, be amended to the allow the City Commission for a period of five years to place that part of the Brown Bridge Trust Fund principal that exceeds a minimum principal amount of twelve million dollars ($12,000,000) in a separate trust fund to be used by City park capital improvements when matching funds can be secured from outside sources?
Earlier in the year, I discussed park funding and the Brown Bridge Trust Fund. Basically, the city is asking voters to help create a fund that can be used to leverage outside funds to develop City parks. Those projects will be drawn from our five-year parks and recreation plan (PDF), master plans, and capital improvement plans as they develop. I’ll post a fact sheet about the proposal in the near future.
Are you ready to vote? Who or what on the ballot has you excited?
For more information on the election and to receive an absentee ballot, contact the City’s Clerk office.