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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
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Michigan Municipal League Honors City of Midland with Outstanding Service Award


From left, Tom Adams, City Councilman; Noel Bush, Director of Public Utilities; Jon Lynch, City Manager; Maureen Donker, Mayor; and Marty Wazbinski, Mayor Pro-Tem.

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Municipal League honored the City of Midland during the League's annual Capital Conference held March 18-19 in Lansing.

Midland received the League's Outstanding Service Award on Wednesday. The honor is given to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting the League's legislative efforts in Lansing on behalf of Michigan communities.

In the past year, one of the most pressing federal issues facing local units of government across the country has been the threat of the elimination of the federal tax exemption on municipal bonds. U.S. Congressman Dave Camp (R-Midland) is the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee and the leader in this tax reform effort. The City of Midland held a key position in this debate as the home of the congressman. City of Midland officials not only communicated with the congressman directly, but assisted the League in ensuring we were able to communicate directly while in Washington DC where we were joined with lobbyists from the National League of Cities as well. It was clear that they received the message about the impact this issue would have on local communities, and so far, no recommendation has been put forward to eliminate the exemption. The City of Midland’s efforts had a direct impact on the fiscal health of cities across the country.

Also honored during the awards ceremony were Tom Youatt, West Branch city manager; Tom Dempsey, former Portland city manager; and Chris Miller, Adrian economic development and DDA director.

Download photos of the award recipients from the League’s flickr page here:

The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.




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