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Dark Store / Big Box Retail Assessment Legislation Introduced

Legislation was introduced this week that would help communities facing tax assessment appeals by big box retailers. The League has been working with State Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) and State Reps. John Kivela (D-Marquette) and Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) and others to craft Senate Bill 524 and House Bill 4909, which define large scale commercial retail property and the circumstances under which similar large-scale commercial properties can be used for sales comparison purposes. Please encourage your legislators to address this issue. Read more.

Senate "Sanctuary City" Bill Jeopardizes Revenue Sharing

Senate Bill 445 would prohibit any Michigan community from adopting or enforcing a "sanctuary city" ordinance or policy. Failure to comply with any of the bill's provisions would require that the Treasurer withhold a community's total annual revenue sharing payment. Please contact your legislators today and urge them to oppose SB 445. More.

East Lansing Launches Artist Alleys Campaign to Beautify Downtown

East Lansing wants to enhance the downtown environment to engage more people and build a sense of place. With help from MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places initiative, they plan to beautify two alleys with murals, lighting, landscaping, and more. Read more.

Congratulations to Westland, Winner of Community Excellence Award!

A project that turned a vacant Circuit City building into the new Westland City Hall won the 2015 Community Excellence Award. The other finalists were Flood of Community Benefits for NOCWA Members, Transforming Woodward Together, and Citizen Interaction Design. More.

Former Ishpeming City Attorney Receives State and National Awards

The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys recently recognized retired Ishpeming City Attorney David Savu for receiving two major awards: Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award from MAMA, and Longevity of Service Award from Intl. Municipal Lawyers Assoc. More.

Paul Grondin Honored for Service to Mayors Association, Communities

St. Ignace Mayor Paul Grondin was honored by Governor Snyder, the Michigan Association of Mayors, and Michigan Municipal League for his years of service to the two organizations and to his community. His leadership stands out and deserves this kind of award. Read more.

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