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Important Michigan Election and Campaign Law Changes for 2016

Elimination of Straight-Ticket Voting Senate Bill 13 (Public Act 268)

Campaign Finance Reform Senate Bill 571 (Public Act 269)

1. Public bodies (including school districts, local governments, and their representatives) may not use public funds to distribute information about local ballot proposals 60 days before the proposal appears on the ballot.

Media coverage and other Info:

February5, 2016: Federal judge issues temporary freeze on Mich. election law
February 1, 2016: MTA (Michigan Township Association) working to stop limitations on local ballot proposal communication
January 14, 2016: Zorn seeks repeal of local election information ban
January 7, 2016: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signs State Bill 571 into law and its probably way worse than you thought. (A explanation of State Bill 571)

Please Note: On February 6th a federal judge has put a preliminary injunction on the new Michigan election law that critics called a “gag order”. This means that Bedford Township officials will now be able to discuss the up-coming millage request on March 8 th for a renewal and an increase to provide bus service in Bedford Township, which is currently under contract with LET. Click here for additional information concerning this millage request.

2. Co-mingling” reform: a corporation may direct contributions into its general fund for later transmission into the corporation’s PAC.

3. Employees who wish to contribute to a company’s PAC no longer need to “opt-in” to that contribution on an annual basis.

4. Corporations with a PAC are not permitted to administer the PAC of their employees’ labor unions through the corporation’s payroll system.

5. Public bodies (including school districts, local governments, and their representatives) may not use public funds to distribute information about local ballot proposals 60 days before the proposal appears on the ballot. The prohibition applies to the dissemination of any information, which is a change from the prior ban on express advocacy only. This was a very controversial piece of the law change and Governor Snyder, in signing the law, asked for further reform on this issue. (See #1 above)

6. The February filing deadline for PACs is eliminated.

7. PACs must now file an annual report.

8. Robo-calls do not need to include a disclaimer (the words “authorized by” or “not authorized by”), but must identify who is funding the call and provide contact information.

9. Candidates may use contributions to pay down debts from previous election cycles.

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Running for Office in Monroe County:

Questions concerning Monroe County Elections should be directed the Monroe County Clerk Sharon LeMasters. Chick here to contact Sharon LeMasters.

Running for Office in Bedford Township

 

Click on the graphic to the left to view the Petitions & Election Information for Potential Candidates for local office in Bedford Township. Candidate packets are available at the
the Bedford Township Clerk's office.

Questions concerning Bedford Township Elections should be directed the The Bedford Township Clerk Trudy Hershberger. Click here to contact Trudy Hershberger

 

Bedford Public School Board of Education Candidates

 

 

 

Current News concerning Bedford Township Elections:

 

Bedford Township Political Sign Ordiance

Q&A: When can political signs be posted in Bedford Township

Bedford Now June 18, 2016 "When can political signs be posted in Bedford Township"

 

 

 

November 8 , 2016 General Election Information:

Ballot Issues:

This is the way the MCCC millage request will read on the Nov. 8

ADDITIONAL MILLAGE PROPOSAL
The millage proposal would allow the Community College District of County to levy an additional .95 mill for a period of 5 years, for renovation and  upgrade of the infrastructure and facilities of Monroe County Community College which will include safety projects, accessibility projects, technology projects, learning environment projects, and maintenance projects.

Shall the total limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all taxable property in the Community College District of Monroe County, County of Monroe, Michigan, except property exempted by law, be increased by .95 mill ($0.95 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for a period of 5 years, to provide funds for renovation and upgrade of the infrastructure and facilities of Monroe County Community College which will include safety projects, accessibility projects, technology projects, learning environment projects, and maintenance projects? If approved, this millage would raise an estimated $5.38 million for the College/District in 2016.

[  ] Yes
[  ] No

Click here for additional Informatiion concerning the MCCC millage request.

 

Past requests by MCCC for millage vote:

Listed below is the millage proposal language that was defeated on November 4, 2014:The request for an additional 1 mill suffered a landslide defeat, with almost 61 percent of voters in Monroe County saying no.

MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE MILLAGE PROPOSAL

The millage proposal would allow the Community College District of Monroe County to levy an additional 1 (one) mill in perpetuity, for general operating purposes of Monroe County Community College.

Shall the total limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all taxable property in the Community College District of Monroe County, County of Monroe, Michigan, except property exempted by law, be increased by 1 (one) mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied in perpetuity, to provide funds for operating expenses of Monroe County Community College? If approved, this millage would raise an estimated $5.5 million for the College/District in 2014.

Newspaper coverage of the November 4, 2014 millage request by MCCC:

Toledo Blade November 17, 2014: Monroe Community College considers tuition increase, cuts : President acknowledges being shocked by landslide defeat of levy

 

 

 

 

August 2 , 2016 Primary Election Information:

 

Sample Ballot for the August 2, 2016 for Bedford Township (Click here to view State of Michigan Voter Info web site, which is the source for this information.)

Media coverage and information concerning August 2, 2016 Ballot Issues

Senior Citizens Renewal and Supplement millage:

What county government agency will oversee the funds generated from both the senior citizens renewal and supplement millage? The Monroe County Commission on Aging administers the revenue from the current .50-mill tax levy that homeowners pay annually to assist Monroe County residents 60 years of age and older in their daily lives.

How is the millage money spent? Click here to view past Financial Statements.

Why is the Commission on Aging asking for a a supplement millage? Click here for the answer.

 

Bedford Township Fire Protection Renewal millage:

Click here to watch the video of the March 1, 2016 Bedford Township Board Meeting where the millage request was presented and approved by the Board.

 

Bedford Township Transportation Renewal millage:

A similar millage proposal on March 8, 2016 was defeated by over 1,000 votes by Bedford Township voters. Click here for complete information on the election results along with complete details concerning the services provided to Bedford Township by Lake Erie Transit.

Click here to watch the video of the April 19, 2016 Bedford Township Board Meeting where the discussion of placing the millage on the August 2, 2016 ballot.

Media coverage and Letters to the editor concerning candidates on the August 2, 2016 Ballot

Bedford Now June 4, 2016: Letter to Editor by Mike Jacobs "Township needs leaders with no ties"
Bedford Now June 11, 2016: Letter to Editor by Diana Janney "Bedford Township needs a unified board to make progress"
Monroe News June 16, 2016: Letter to Editor by Steve Lennex "Bedford P:AC like a citizen's posse holding officeholders accountable"
Monroe News June 21, 2016: Letter to Editor by Nathalie Jacobs "Vote for "new eyes with no ties" in Bedford Township Board primary race"
Monroe News June 25, 2016: Letter to Editor by Nancy Tienvieri "Bedford forum organizers should have attempted to invite all candidates"
Monroe News June 30, 2016 Letter to Editor by Kenneth Gonyea "Voters should carefully review candidates for Bedford Township trustee"
Monroe News July 5, 2016 Letter to Editor by Nathalie Jacobs "Bedford fourum was unfair all around"
Monroe News July 7, 2016 Letter to Editor by Tim Janney "Some Bedford Township Board Candidates are electable "shinning stars".
Monroe News July 8, 2016 "Bedford GOP leader:" Club not part of trustee forum"
Monroe News July 10, 2016 Editoral: "Bedford LET millage should be renewed"
Monroe News July 11, 2016 Letter to Editor by Jenna Biggs: "Don't let others' opinions sway your vote;do your research on candidates"
Monroe News July 15, 2016 Letter to Editor by Mike Malone Sr. " Bedford ‘Dream Team’ has vision, drive needed to move township forward"
Monroe News July 18 2016 Letters to Editor by Dale Barton "Tienvieri knew about forum even without official invite" and Mark Ellsworth "Tienvieri advocates for transparency but then misrepresents facts"

 

Political Signs Stolen:

Paul Pirrone posted on Facebook the following information on Saturday July 23 rd: “This morning I discovered that 3 of the banner signs shown in the photo below, that were put up yesterday at the corner of Lewis & Donna Drive and the corner of Summerfield & Sterns were missing. If they blew off from the wind and anyone has found them, please let me know and I will make arrangements to get them from you. The cost to replace the 3 (2' x 8') banners would be $190. I thought I would ask everyone before I file a police report with the sheriff’s department. Please share this post.”

Here is an up-dated post by Paul on Saturday Evening: “Thank God for Facebook. Evidence at the scene of each location where the signs were missing indicated that the cords, which held the banners to the stakes, were cut with a knife. I have also heard from a person who happened to be near one of the sign locations and witnessed a person running from the area to a vehicle parked nearby. I now have a description of the person and the vehicle he was driving. If any of you know this person just tell him to return the signs to me and that will be the end of this matter. If this person does not return the banners by Monday morning I will be turning over the information that I have to the police department.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the photo at the left to view video of the inverview with TC Clements on the Fred LeFebvre Show (WSPD 1370 am) on July 22, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Pirrone, Austin Mack, David Dunnigan, Michelle Bork and Nancy Tienvieri, who are running for office in Bedford Township, were guests on the Fred LeFebvre Show (WSPD 1370 am) on July 7, 2016

Click here to watch the video of the interviews from July 7, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to listen to the podcast of the Fred LeFebvre Show on Thursday July 14, 2016 which featured the following candidates from Bedford Township: Greg Stewart, Trudy Hershberger, Paul Francis and George Welling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the graphic to the left to read the article that appeared in the Monroe News concerning a new Political Action Committee (PAC) in Bedford Township.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to view complete coverage of the Candidate Forum held on June 15, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to view complete coverage of the Candidate Forum held on June 23, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Information concerning persons seeking office:

Candidate web sites, Facebook Pages and Committee to Elect Financial Statements:

What are the priorities of the candidates who are running for office in Bedford Township?

Bedford Township residents should become educated on all of the candidates and what their priorities will be if they are elected. Listed below are links to web sites and Facebook Pages for candidates. This is a great way for the candidates to get their message out to the residents of Bedford Township. Please check them out and share them with your friends! If you know of other candidate pages or web sites, please e-mail the info to me and I will post them on this page. You can also get additional information on candidates by doing a "Google" or other search. Just type in their name followed by Temperance Michigan. For example type in "Paul Pirrone Temperance Michigan" Click here to see what the results will look like. You can also get additional information concerning the candidates by going to the section "Newspaper Articles & Discussion Blogs" on this page.

We have also added "Committee to Elect Financial Statements". These statement include an itemized list of donors and expenditures. A candidate can apply for a waiver if they did not receive donations or incur expenditures over $1,000. (view Michigan Campaign Committee Manual for more info.)

 

"Why I Deserve Your Vote To The Bedford Township Board" Survey

On June 16, 2016 all the candidates running for Bedford Township Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer and Trustee were invited via e-mail to complete the "Why I Deserve Your Vote To The Bedford Township Board" Survey . Listed below are responses from candidates that we have received as of this date. Just click on the names that are highlighted in blue to read their response:

Supervisor:

Paul Pirrone
Greg Stewart
Larry O'Dell

Clerk:

Trudy Hershberger
Austin Mack

Treasurer:

David Dunnigan
Paul Francis

Trustees:

Michelle Bork
TC Clements
Brent Cook
James Nyhan
Michael Sprott
Bob Stammer
Rick Steiner
Nancy Tienvieri
George Welling
Greg Robinson

 

Click here to view a printable copy of the survey "Why I Deserve Your Vote To The Bedford Township Board"

This survey was e-mailed to all the candidates who are seeking a Bedford Township office on Thursday, June 16, 2016. A copy of the e-mail is listed below:

From: Gene Stock <stocksportsinc@yahoo.com>
To: "jamesnyhan@aol.com" <jamesnyhan@aol.com>; "bobshandyman@bex.net" <bobshandyman@bex.net>; "rickatbedford@bex.net" <rickatbedford@bex.net>; "gwwelling@gmail.com" <gwwelling@gmail.com>; "michellebork@gmail.com" <michellebork@gmail.com>; "bcook37@gmail.com" <bcook37@gmail.com>; "tclements@cruiseplanners.com" <tclements@cruiseplanners.com>; "michaelsprott@yahoo.com" <michaelsprott@yahoo.com>; "greg@48144.com" <greg@48144.com>; "pirrone31@gmail.com" <pirrone31@gmail.com>; "hershberger4clerk@gmail.com" <hershberger4clerk@gmail.com>; "mackaust@msu.edu" <mackaust@msu.edu>; "franciscpa@accesstoledo.com" <franciscpa@accesstoledo.com>; "dunniganjr7@gmail.com" <dunniganjr7@gmail.com>; "larryrodell@gmail.com" <larryrodell@gmail.com>; Robert Tienvieri <rtienvieri@hotmail.com>; Greg Robinson <robinsongk@hotmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2016 9:14 AM
Subject: Candidate Information and Survey

Hi Everyone,
 
All of you who participated in last night’s “Meet the Candidates Forum” did a great job.  For those of you who could not attend last night’s forum, I have attached a copy of the questions that were asked by the moderator. 
 
In an effort to get as much information to the public concerning all the candidates, I have again this year added a section on my Bedford Yes web site for information concerning all candidates who are running in both the Primary Election on August 2nd and the General Election on November 8th.  Here is a direct link to where the information is located:
 
 
Please send me any information that you would like me to add to your section of this page.
 
Also again this year, I am asking all candidates to complete the attached survey “Why I deserve your vote to the Bedford Township Board”.  These questions were submitted by a wide range of Bedford Township residents.  Please complete the survey and return it to me as soon as you can.  You can e-mail it back to me or drop it in the mail: Gene Stock 9289 Crabb Road, Temperance, MI  48182.  If you decide that you do not want to complete the survey, just let me know.  I will be posting your responses to the survey on my web site.
 
As you know Absentee Ballots will go out very soon.  I am sure that those voters would like to get as much information concerning you and your position on a variety of topics before they make their decision.
 
If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.
 
Thanks,

Gene

Schedule of Candidate Forums for Bedford Township Candidates

June 2016

Below is the e-mail message sent to all of the candidates running for Bedford Township offices concerning the forum scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2016

From: <encore57@buckeye-express.com>
Date: Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 4:53 PM
Subject: Re: Open form June
To: jamesnyhan@aol.com, bobshandyman@bex.net, rickatbedford@bex.net, gwwelling@gmail.com, michellebork@gmail.com, bcook37@gmail.com, tclements@cruiseplanners.com, michaelsprott@yahoo.com, greg@48144.com, pirrone31@gmail.com, hershberger4clerk@gmail.com, mackaust@msu.edu, franciscpa@accesstoledo.com, dunniganjr7@gmail.com, larryrodell@gmail.com

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the Trustee Community forum, This event is set up to tell the community why they should vote for YOU. We will have access to a long class room with a podium. The room will seat a max number of 80 with some standing room. Ms. Rebecca Regnier will moderate this form.
Mr. Mickey Kent and a few of his students from Bedford H. S. will be recording and streaming this form live. http://ustre.am/1vIzQ (please feel free to place on your FB page). Needless to say this is not a cheap undertaking. Just so you all know, this event is being totally underwritten by Jim Krieger who heads up Renaissance PAC.

Last Monday evening it was decided that there would be a second event for the Supervisor, clerk, and Treasure on June 23rd @ 6PM Indian Creek Zoo. 2740 Consear Rd. Lambertville. Therefore this forum will be focused exclusively on Trustee candidates.

Forum Schedule:

Opening statement By Dr.Kojo Quartey and self-introductions of 30 seconds starting at 6:00 pm. There are only 2 hours and it will go quick spreading questions across 10 Trustee candidates.

Topics to be covered… Senior millage, Fire millage, Lake Erie millage, college millage, Roads, Full time Police Dept., Township Leadership, Attracting New Business, Bedford Schools, The 2020 Bridge, Bedford Twp. in 5 years., What is the job of a Trustee?, and How have you prepared to be a Trustee.

Closing Statements: Trustee candidates will have 2 minutes at the end of the event. Each Supervisor, Treasure & Clerk candidate will get 3 minutes to speak, and Trudy will speak about voting the primary ballot ….. Followed with a meet and greet, of All Bedford township candidates.

Major THANK YOU to JIM KRIEGER as the event underwriter and Rebecca Regnier as our moderator. Commissioner Lievens for keeping time and Commissioner Ellsworth for overseeing event. See you all on June 15 at 5:30/so we can start on time.  Commissioner Lievens & Ellsworth

 

Click here to view a printable copy of the Monroe News coverage of the Candidate Forum
on June 15, 2016.

 

Click here to watch the video of the Candidate Forum held on June 15, 2016 at the Monroe County Community College Whitman Center.

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to view the format for the Candidate Forum along with the questions that were asked each candidate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to read the letter to the editor by Nancy Tienvieri concerning about not being invited to the June 15, 2016 Bedford Township Forum

 

 

 

Click here to read the letter to the editor by Nathalie Lake/Jacobs concerning the forum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to read the Letters to the Editor that were published in the Monroe News on July 18, 2016 concerning the Bedford Township Candidate Forum held on June 15, 2016 sponsored by the Bedford Renaissance Bi-Partisan Political Action Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that this forum is only for those candidates who are running for Supervisor, Clerk or Treasurer

Click here to read the article in the Monroe News on June 24, 2016 "Bedford candidate forum held"

 

 

Click here to read the article in the Toledo Blade June 27 2016 "Bedford Twp. voters hear candidates speak".

 

 

 

Click on the graphic at the left to watch the video of the candidate forum held on June 23, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedford Township Candidates:

 

 

 

Click on the graphic to the left to view a printable copy concerning who is running for office in Bedford Township

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supervisor:

Paul Pirrone (Republican)

 

Click here to read his announcement that appeared in the March 8, 2016 Bedford Press

Click here to view his Web Site

Click here to view his Facebook Page

Click here to view his campaign video

Click here to view his answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

Political Signs Stolen:

Paul Pirrone posted on Facebook the following information on Saturday July 23 rd: “This morning I discovered that 3 of the banner signs shown in the photo below, that were put up yesterday at the corner of Lewis & Donna Drive and the corner of Summerfield & Sterns were missing. If they blew off from the wind and anyone has found them, please let me know and I will make arrangements to get them from you. The cost to replace the 3 (2' x 8') banners would be $190. I thought I would ask everyone before I file a police report with the sheriff’s department. Please share this post.”

Here is an up-dated post by Paul on Saturday Evening: “Thank God for Facebook. Evidence at the scene of each location where the signs were missing indicated that the cords, which held the banners to the stakes, were cut with a knife. I have also heard from a person who happened to be near one of the sign locations and witnessed a person running from the area to a vehicle parked nearby. I now have a description of the person and the vehicle he was driving. If any of you know this person just tell him to return the signs to me and that will be the end of this matter. If this person does not return the banners by Monday morning I will be turning over the information that I have to the police department.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campaign Literature:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fundraiser to Elect Paul Pirrone Bedford Township Supervisor

June 26, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sage Steak & Seafood

Tickets are $25 and checks can be made out to Committee to Elect Paul Pirrone for Township Supervisor.

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Stewart: Incumbent (Republican)

 

Click here to read his announcement that appeared in the May 25, 2016 Bedford Now

Click here to view his answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

 

 

Campaign Literature:

 

 

 

Larry O'Dell (Democrat) Currently serving as Trustee

Click here to read his announcement that appeared in the May 17, 2016 Bedford Press

Click here to view the information concerning Larry's Fundraiser: Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Quimby's from 6:00-9:00 pm

 

 

 


Clerk:

Austin Mack (Republican)

Click here to read his announcement that appeared in the May 14, 2016 Bedford Now

Click here to view his web site

Click here to view his facebook page

Click here to view his answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

 

Campaign Literature:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trudy Hershberger: Incumbent (Republican)

Click here to read her announcement that appeared in the April 19, 2016 Monroe News

Click here to view her answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

 


Campaign Literature:

 

 

 

Treasurer:

David Dunnigan: (Republican)

Click here to read his announcement that appeared in the May 10, 2016 Monroe News

Click here to view his Web Site
Click here to view his Facebook Page
Click here for his Twitter Page

Click here to view his answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

 

Campaign Literature:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Francis: Incumbent (Republican)

 

Click here to read his announcement that appeared in the May 17, 2016 Bedford Press

Click here to view his answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

 

 

Campaign Literature:

 

 

 

Trustee:

Michelle Bork: (Republican)

Click here to view her Web Site
Click here to view her Facebook Page
Click here for her Twitter Page
Click here for her Instagram Page
Click here for her YouTube Channel

Click here to view her video "Who is Michelle Bork?" on Youtube.

Click here to view her press release that appeared in the Bedford Now on April 27, 2016: "Bork introduces her candidacy for Bedford Township Trustee"

Click here to view her announcement that appeared in the May 3, 2016 Bedford Press

Click here to view her answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

 

Campaign Literature:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T C Clements: (Republican)

Click here to read his announcement that appeared in the March 8, 2016 Bedford Press

Click here to view his Web Site

Click here to view his Facebook Page

Click here to view his youtube cannel

Click here to view his answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

 

Campaign Literature

 

 

 

7/14/2016

I would like to announce that on I am excited about the opportunity to talk with Fred about local politics and the upcoming election in Bedford.  The interview will be on Friday, July 22nd at approximately 8:00 am.   If you would like more information on my candidacy or me in general, please go to my website at www.TCforTRUSTEE.com or my Facebook page, TC for Trustee.  And please remember your vote counts on Aug 2nd.

 

 

Click on the photo at the left to view video of the inverview with TC Clements on the Fred LeFebvre Show (WSPD 1370 am) on July 22, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brent Cook: (Republican)

My basic information is that we moved to Bedford in 1978. I graduated from Bedford in 1994 and upon graduation I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman where I served honorably until 1999. After being discharged I went to work for an environmental company doing such jobs as heading up cleanup for the twin towers and flight 587 which also crashed in New York. I continued to work for them until 2009 when I was involved in a car accident which left me on social security disability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Nyhan: (Republican)

Click here to view his campaign press release. Click here to view the press release that was published in the Bedford Press and the Bedford Now.

Click here to view his answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

Click here to view his campaign Facebook Page

 

 

 

 

Click here to view a printable copy of the fundraiser for Jim Nyhan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gregory Robinson: (Democrat)

 

Click here to read his announcement that appeared in the June 15, 2016 Monroe News

Click here to view his Facebook Page

Click here to view his answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

 

 

 

Rick Steiner: Incumbent (Republican)

 

Click here to read his announcement that appeared in the May 25, 2016 Bedford Now

Click here to view his answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

 

 

 

Michael Sprott: (Republican)

 

 

 

Bob Stammer: (Republican)

 

Click here to view his answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

Click here to view his Facebook Page

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Tienvieri: Incumbent (Republican)

Click here to view her announcement that appeared in the May 3, 2016 Bedford Press

Click here to view her press release that appeared in the Bedford Now on May 14, 2016

Click here to view her answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

 

 

Campaign Literature:

 

 

 

 

George Welling: (Republican)

Click here to read his announcement that appeared in the June 18, 2016 Monroe News

Click here to view his answers to the questionnaire"Why I Deserve Your Vote"

 

 

 

Campaign Literature:

 

 

 

Events and Meetings Scheduled for 2016:

Special Announcements:

Click here to view calendar of events that are posted on the Monroe News web site.

Click here to view calendar of meetings that are posted on the Bedford Township web site.

 

May 2016:

May 17: 7:00 pm Bedford Township Board Meeting
May 19: 6:00 pm Budget Workshop – Committee of the Whole
May 25: 7:00 pm Planning Commission Meeting

 

Click here to view media contacts for Announcements, Press Releases and Letters to the Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 3, 2016 Information:

 

 

Click on the graphic to the left to read a printable copy concerning the Facts about the Monroe County Educational Technology Renewal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary Election Information:

Quick Links: Mass Transit Alternatives LET Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Erie Transit Millage Request

Click here to view the complete election results for Bedford Township from the Bedford Township Clerk's Office.

Click here to view the complete election results from the Monroe County Clerk's Office
for the March 8,2016 Presidential Primary.

Media Coverage:

Bedford Now March 9, 2016: Bedford bus levy defeated in March 8 election

 

 

 

 

Click on the graphic to the left to view a copy of the March 8 2016 Presidential Primary Ballot
which also contains the ballot language for the LET (Lake Erie Transit) millage.

 

Click here for more information concerning the millage request by Bedford Township for Bus Transportation in Bedford Township.

Click here to view information concerning elections and voting in the State of Michigan ( Info from the Michigan Secretary of State's Web Page)

 

Media coverage of March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary Election:

Toledo Blade December 3, 2015: Bedford Township seeking 0.35 mills; Would help fund continued operation of Bedford Dial-A-Ride

Letter to Editor by Gene Stock submitted to Monroe News and Bedford Now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEDFORD TOWNSHIP LOCAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE PROPOSAL (Millage renewal and increase request for Lake Erie Transit (LET)

 

At the December 1, 2015 Bedford Township Board meeting Mark Jagodzinski, General Manager of Lake Erie Transit spoke to the board, explaining the reasoning behind the request to place a 5 year .25 mill millage renewal and a .10 mill 5 year additional millage request on the March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary Election. After his presentation Board discussion followed, with board members asking questions of the township attorney and Mr. Jagodzinski regarding the issue. The voted unanimously approve the request from Lake Erie Transit to place a 5 year, .35 mill millage issue on the March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary Election ballot. Motion carried on a roll call vote as follows: Aye: Francis, O’Dell, Pirrone, Steiner, Tienvieri, Hershberger & Stewart. Nays: None. Excused: None

Currently Bedford Township homeowners pay approximately $295,500 per year (view 2015 financial statement) to provide Bedford Dial-A-Ride service in Bedford Township. Currently a Bedford Township homeowner of a $100,000 pays $25 per for the service. If the millage is successful, it would cost a homeowner of a $100,000 home $35 per year for five years and raise approximately $350,000 for bus transportation.

Bedford Township officials included a stipulation that if during the five-year millage period Lake Erie Transit lacks the federal funding to provide services or if the contract for whatever reason is terminated, township can continue collecting the millage money and use it on another public transportation provider.

Bedford Township currently has two buses dedicated to the township Monday through Friday -- bus 1 that runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and bus 2 operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The average total ridership for bus 1 in September and October was 670. Bus 2 averaged 551 riders. (Click her to view the cost to ride the bus and area that is covered by the bus service).

 

Questions from Gene Stock and answers from Mark Jagodzinski, LET Director concerning LET

1.  What are other transportation services available to Bedford Township residents, (such as Health Van, MCOP, SMART and others and what they provide and the cost) ?

Lake Erie Transit (LET) operates through a Purchase of Service (POS) agreement with SMART.  A SMART act as the designated recipient of all LET Grant Dollars and agrees to pass through to LET.  You will have to contact the Health Van and MCOP to get a description of their services.

2.  Background on how LET is financed.  Sources of revenue and various amounts (and %) received.

29% of Bedford Dial-A-Ride operating expenses are paid for through Michigan Act 51 approximately $116,000.  Bedford is considered part of the large urban area of Toledo.  The other two operating funding sources for Bedford is Fare box currently at 3.8% approximately $15, 000, and the local Bedford millage at 67.2%.  It cost approximately $400,000 a year to operate the Bedford Dial-A-Ride, the current .25 mills raises approximately $270,000. Click here to view financial statement for 2015

LET’s Small Urban area receives approximately 35.76% of its eligible expenses covered under Act 51.  The Small Urban area consists of the City of Monroe and Frenchtown Township.  The Non-Urban area, other parts of Monroe County receives Act 51 dollars at 35.76% of eligible expenses and 18.5% of Federal money for eligible expenses.

3.  What is the background on LET?  

The Lake Erie Transportation Commission is created under Michigan Public Act 7, through an Inter-local Agreement between the City of Monroe and Frenchtown Charter Township.  A SMART act as the designated recipient of all Federal Grant dollars and through a POS (attached) distributes them to the LETC.  The LETC is a non-profit governmental unit under Act 7.(Click here to view the document)

4.  What is your arrangement with TARTA in Toledo?

The LETC has a transfer agreement with TARTA to allow transfers between LET and TARTA at the transfer station at Franklin Park Mall in Toledo.

5.  What is the current cost to the taxpayers of Bedford Township per rider (one way)?

As of December 31, 2015 the cost per ride (one way) for the Bedford Dial-A-Ride is $17.72.  The cost per mile is $4.52 and the cost per hour is $87.59. (Please note that approximately 70% of the cost for a one-way trip is paid for by Bedford Township taxpayers which works out to $12.40 based on current ridership) Click here to view cost per one-way ride.

6.  Could Bedford Township end the current agreement with LET and use the money that taxpayers are currently paying to contract with another private contractor or start their own bus service? (Click here to view the current agreement)

The Agreement (attached) between Bedford and the LETC requires a written 60 day notice to terminate the service agreement.  I do not know the answer as to what Bedford can do as to operating bus service any differently.

7.  What was the survey you did concerning LET riders going to various businesses in Bedford Township which brings in money for our local economy?

LET did an informal survey on one bus of the Bedford Dial-A-Ride for one week.  Asking passengers who we picked up at Kroger’s how much money did they spend at Kroger that trip?  It was determined that on an average day Bedford Dial-A-Ride passengers from one bus only spend a total of $200 a day at Kroger. Click here to read an article in the Toledo Blade on December 3, 2015 concerning this answer.

8.  What does "DART" and "ETS" stand for as listed on the ridership breakdown?

There are two DART services, DART stands for “Dial-A-Ride Transportation”, LET runs DART service in Bedford and Frenchtown Charter Township it is a demand type door to door service.  It is reservation based so the passenger needs to call the dispatch office to reserve a ride.  The Bedford Dial-A-Ride services just the Bedford area with the added transfer point in Toledo. ETS stands for “Essential Transportation Service” This service is contracted service specifically for Seniors and the Disabled that is funded mainly through contracts with the Commission on Aging and Community Mental Health Workshops.

9.  What is your financial "fiscal year"  Jan-Dec?  Could you send me a breakdown by system for the last full "fiscal year".

The LET Fiscal Year is July 1 st to June 30 th   Attached is the audited FY15 system breakdown.

10.  Who owns and purchases the LET bus fleet?  What is the source of revenue for those purchases?

SMART holds title to all vehicles and is the owner of all facilities.  SMART makes capital purchases for LET as they are the actual grant recipient, however the capital grants are specific to LET capital needs

11.  Who maintains the bus fleet?

LET maintains the vehicles.

12.  What was the cost per one-way trip for the FY 2015. 

 Per passenger cost using Fiscal Year 2015 expenses of $439,711 and 2015 passengers of 19,483 equates to $22.57 for one-way cost per passenger.

13.  Why don't you go to Miracle Mile shopping center anymore?

 LET had to cur service by 20% to stay within the current tax millage this resulted in eliminating the Miracle Mile stop, this stop had very few passengers during a higher demand period with the bus better serving Bedford by concentrating service in Bedford.

14.  Do you go to any TARTA stops on the state line (so that people can catch the TARTA bus) other than Franklin Park?

The only transfer point with TARTA is at Franklin Park Mall

15.  When does the current contract end between Bedford Township & LET (June 30, 2016?)

The contract between LET and Bedford is indefinite but only requires a 60 day written notice to terminate

16.  Will the Bedford Township DART end if the millage is not past or will LET consider charging more to continue the service if the millage fails?  Several people who use the current service said they would be willing to pay more to keep the service operating.

The Bedford DART service operates at the request of the Bedford Township Board that is currently supported by the millage. If the millage fails it is up to the township on how they would continue to fund the service if at all.

Concerning question #16. Am I correct that the current agreement between Bedford Township and LET will provide bus service until June 30, 2016 since Bedford Township has collected the millage for LET on our winter tax bills for bus service? If the millage fails, will Bedford residents be able to use the LET bus service until June 30th or will the bus service end on March 9th of the millage fails?

The budget is based on the tax money collected in December 2015. This money is used to operate through December 2016. Service will operate though possibly reduced through December 0f 2016 if the millage fails.

 

 

Documents from Mark Jagodzinski, Director of Lake Erie Transit

 

 

 

Click here to view of printable copy of this flyer which explains the the Bedford Dial A Ride Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contract between Lake Erie Transit and Bedford Township

PURCHASE OF SERVICE OPERATING AGREEMENT BETWEEN SUBURBAN MOBILITY AUTHORITY FOR REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION (SMART) And THE LAKE ERIE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION (LETC) For MONROE AREA TRANSPORTATION

SERVICE PROGRAM FOR LAKE ERIE TRANSIT For the Period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 (Area of service covered and cost per person to ride the bus)

Ridership Breakdown for FY 2015

FY 2015 LETC Financial Statement which shows sources of revenue and expenses. (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015)

Cost per rider FY 2016 July 1 to December 31, 2015

Financial Statement FY 2016 July 1 to December 31, 2015

Bedford Ridership Count for September, October, November, December 2015

 

What services will LET (Lake Erie Transit) provide to the residents of Bedford Township if the March 8, 2016 is defeated?

According to LET Director, Mark Jagodzinski if a millage is not approved before December 31, 2016, the service to Bedford Township will end. All communities that are serviced must contribute to LET in order to have service in their area.

 

 

 

According to MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation) web site.

System Profile

“Lake Erie Transit was established in 1975 to provide demand/response service to aid seniors and those with disabilities in the county of Monroe. It also provides general public fixed route service in the city of Monroe and Dial-A-Ride services in Frenchtown and Bedford townships.”

System Characteristics

Days/Hours of Operations:

M-F 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

SAT 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Employees: 68

 

 

 

 

 

According to the LET web site, LET will provide the following services in Monroe County (including Bedford Township):

 

ESSENTIAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES: ETS is a door-to-door service for Senior Citizens and for those with disabilities in the Monroe County area who meet one or more of the following criteria:

1. You are 60 years or older.
2. You are wheelchair restricted.
3. You are unable to go up or down a
flight of stairs without assistance.
4. You have great difficulty walking
without a cane or walker.
5. You have an emotional impairment
recognized by a state or federal agency

 

 

Other Transportation Services Offered in Bedford Township and other alternatives to mass transit

Bedford Health Van (explains cost, who is eligible to use the service and the area covered)

Questions submitted to Carrie Pitzen, contact person concerning the Bedford Health Van for Bedford Public Schools Community Education Program.

1.  Who can use the service?
2.  Total cost to operate for the last "Fiscal Year"
3.  Number of people who used the service last year.
4.  Source of Revenue to operate the Health Van.

The answer I received was a letter from Howard Schwagner, Executive Director of HR/LR for Bedford Public Schools stating that I would have to make a FOIA request in order to get the information.

I sent me Mr Schwagner an e-mail message on February 11th but have not heard back from him yet. I told him that I felt that this information should be on the BPS web site as part of the"Transparency Reporting".

Click here to read the response from Howard Schwagner, Executive Director of HR/LR for BPS concerning the costs for the Health Van for FY 2015.

 

MCOP (Monroe County Opportunity Program

MCOP "Need Transportation" Flyer

Questions submitted to Stephanie Kaspzak, Executive Director, MCOP


1.  Source of revenue to fund the transportation program?
2.  Financial statement for the last "fiscal year" for the transportation program.
3.  Total # of passengers serviced last year.   If you had a count on the # of passengers serviced from the Bedford area, that would be great.
4.  Actual cost per trip to MCOP.  (Total expenses/passengers)

Here are her answers:

February 10, 2016: This request just made its way to my desk - thanks for the inquiry. I've attached our most recent Transportation flyer that gives you an idea of all of our community partners and funding sources. We are working on putting together the numbers you've requested so I will forward those as soon as I can, it may take a day or so to pull out Bedford trips. On that note, we work with the Bedford Health Van for coverage in South County, so the numbers we have may be smaller. 

Our financial statements are currently in draft form and will be approved by our Board in late February. These are overall financial statements, though, not specifically transportation. 
Thanks,

February 11, 2016: As a follow-up, MCOP provided 13,950 rides last year. This provided transportation to 554 unduplicated people, with the understanding that many use our service multiple times. Finally, of the 554 people, a total of 8 were from Bedford and Lambertville. Again, with an understanding that the Bedford Health Van is in place to provide the majority of service in that area. 

 

The Monroe County Commission on Aging 

Black & White Taxi & Transportation Online Services Pricing

CHILDERS LIMOUSINE SERVICE Toledo, Ohio

Taxi Cab Companies servicing the Temperance Area

 

Other information concerning transportation services in Michigan

Michigan’s Senior Transportation Network

Michigan Transportation Resource Booklet

The Monroe County Commission on Aging 

 

 

 

 

Click here to view past transportation millage requests in Michigan and the election results.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Information concerning alternatives to mass transit

 

Click on the graphic to the left to read the article that was published in the Monroe News on April 11, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Election Information:

May 5, 2015 Special Election Information:

 

 

Click here to view the video from the Town Hall Meeting held on April 20, 2015. State Representative Jason Sheppard explained and answered questions concerning the May 5 th State Ballot Proposal to raise the sales tax to be used for roads and other state funds.

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to read the comprehensive facts concerning the May 5 th Ballot Proposal to raise the Michigan State Sales Tax from 6% to 7%.

 

Click here to view a sample ballot for the Special Election on May 5th..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Election Information:

Election Information Concerning Voting in the State of Michigan:

Click here to view information concerning elections and voting in the State of Michigan ( Info from the Michigan Secretary of State's Web Page)

Click here to view candidate financial statements on file with the State of Michigan (You will be able to view a list who has made contributions to the candidate along with the candidate's expenditures)

Click here to view information concerning voting and elections at the national level.

Click here to view election dates and general questions and answers concerning voting in the State of Michigan

Click here to view the Monroe County Democratic Party web page.

Click here to view the Monroe County Republican Party web page.

Click here to view a public ballot for any County,Township or School District issue in the State of Michigan. (Info provided by the Michigan Secretary of State)

 

Bedford Library Tax Request Campaign To Begin

Read more at: http://www.bedfordnow.com/news/2014/apr/29/bedford-library-tax-request-campaign-begin/

November 4 , 2014 General Election Information:

 

 

Click here to view complete election results for November 4, 2014 in Monroe County, Michigan. ( Provided by the Monroe County Clerk's Office. )

 

 

 

 

Media coverage of the November 4, 2014 Election Results:

Monroe News November 5, 2014: Election Results

Bedford Now November 5, 2014: Bedford Voters Deny Levy Renewal

 

Quick Links: Bedford School Board Monroe County Community College Bedford Sinking Fund

General Election Information

Click here to view a sample ballot for Bedford Township for the November 4, 2014 General Election. (Please note that your ballot may be slightly different depending on your voter precinct. See Voter Info Center below for voter precinct info)

Click here to view a public ballot for any County,Township or School District issue in the State of Michigan. (Info provided by the Michigan Secretary of State)

Click here to view Monroe County Election Information that is on the State of Michigan Election web site.

Click here to view the list of Polling Locations in Monroe County

Click here to view a map of Bedford Township map showing the location of voter precincts.

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Ballot Proposals Information:

State Proposals:

PROPOSAL 14-1A REFERENDUM OF PUBLIC ACT 520 OF 2012, ESTABLISHING A HUNTING SEASON FOR WOLVES AND AUTHORIZING ANNUAL WOLF HUNTING SEASONS

- Public Act 520 of 2012 would:

- Designate wolf as game for hunting purposes and authorize the first wolf hunting season.

- Allow the Natural Resources Commission to schedule annual wolf hunting seasons.

- Provide criminal penalties for the unlawful possession or taking of wolves, but shield a person who lawfully captures or destroys a wolf from prosecution.

- Require a person who wishes to hunt wolves to obtain a wolf hunting license.

- Create a Wolf Management Advisory Council for the purpose of making non binding recommendations to the legislature regarding the proper management of wolves.

Should this law be approved?



PROPOSAL 14-2A REFERENDUM OF PUBLIC ACT 21 OF 2013, GRANTING THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION THE POWER TO DESIGNATE WOLVES AND CERTAIN OTHER ANIMALS AS GAME WITHOUT LEGISLATIVE ACTION

Public Act 21 of 2013 would:

- Allow the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to designate certain animals as game for hunting purposes and establish the first hunting season for game animals without legislative action.

- Continue the NRC's designation of wolves as game and allow the NRC to set a wolf hunting season.

- Grant the Legislature sole authority to remove a species from the list of designated game animals.

- Eliminate the $1.00 hunting and fishing licensing fee for members of the military, whether stationed inside or outside of Michigan, subject to any lottery.

- Give the NRC sole authority to regulate fishing.

Should this law be approved?

 

Local Proposals:

BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BUILDING AND SINKING FUND TAX LEVY:

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in Bedford Public Schools, Monroe County, Michigan, be increased by and the board of education be authorized to levy not to exceed .5 mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2014 to 2018, inclusive, to continue to provide for a sinking fund for the construction or repair of school buildings and all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $484,560?

Click here to view the "Facts" posted on the Bedford Public School's web site concerning the Building and Sinking Fund Tax Levy.

Media Coverage of Sinking Fund Levy:

Click here to view the ballot language and media coverage concerning when the current sinking fund was passed by the voters in May 2009.

Bedford Now August 11, 2014: Bedford To Seek Renewal Of Sinking Fund Levy
Monroe News October 15, 2014 & Bedford Now October 18, 2014:Letter to Editor by Mike Jacobs: Say “no” to mill for Bedford Schools
Monroe News October 16, 2014 & Bedford Now October 25, 2014: Letter to Editor Tim Janney: Bill will separate school boards from special interests
Monroe News October 22, 2014 Letter to Editor Sandy Kraine: Further consolidation will only hurt children; support Bedford tax renewal
Bedford Now October 24, 2014: Bedford Schools Seeks Input For New Strategic Plan
Monroe News October 24, 2014 Letter to Editor by Nathalie Lake: Take control of your tax money; use your right to vote
Monroe News October 25, 2014 Letter to Editor by Steve Lennex: Give county tax break;vote no on Bedford sinking fund
Toledo Blade October 25, 2014 Letter to Editor by George Sailer: Bedford Township Voters Burdened
Monroe News October 31, 2014 & Bedford Now October 31, 2014: Other options besides millages;stop taking tax money
Monroe News November 3, 2014: Tax millage requests are getting to be too much for residents of Bedford


MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE MILLAGE PROPOSAL

The millage proposal would allow the Community College District of Monroe County to levy an additional 1 (one) mill in perpetuity, for general operating purposes of Monroe County Community College.

Shall the total limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all taxable property in the Community College District of Monroe County, County of Monroe, Michigan, except property exempted by law, be increased by 1 (one) mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied in perpetuity, to provide funds for operating expenses of Monroe County Community College? If approved, this millage would raise an estimated $5.5 million for the College/District in 2014.

Click here to view information posted on the MCCC web site under the topic " Why a Millage Request?"
Bedford Now October 10, 2014: MCCC President To Discuss Millage Throughout County


Media Coverage of MCCC Millage Proposal:

Toledo Blade September 1, 2014: MCCC Web site details request for 1-mill levy
Bedford Now July 17, 2014: MCCC To Seek Millage
Monroe News October 16, 2014 Letter to Editor Mark Nieswender: MCCC important for community
Monroe News October 22, 2014 Letter to Editor Jean Dahm: Approving millage will only help if new trustees can properly handle money
Monroe News October 23, 2014 Letter to Editor William J. Bacarella, Jr.: Two erroneous facts about MCCC were shared in letter
Monroe News October 24, 2014 Letter to Editor by Nathalie Lake: Take control of your tax money; use your right to vote
Bedford Now October 25, 2014 & Monroe News October 25, 2014 Letter to Editor Scott Ruetz: Vote no on MCCC millage request
Bedford Now October 25, 2014 & Monroe News October 26, 2014 Letter to Editor Sharon Hutchinson: Resident urges vote for Cuccia, Dowler and Verran for MCCC seats
Monroe News October 31, 2014 & Bedford Now October 31, 2014: Other options besides millages;stop taking tax money

 

 

Candidate Information :

 

(Click on the name of the candidate to visit their web site. Click on the words "Contributions" or "Expenditures" listed after their name to view who has contributed to their campaign or what they have spent on their campaign. You can also search any candidate by clicking here to view candidate financial statements on file with the State of Michigan):

 

STATE SENATOR 17th DISTRICT

Dale W. Zorn Republican Contributions / Expenditures
Doug Spade Democratic Contributions / Expenditures

REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE LEGISLATURE 56th DISTRICT


Jason M. Sheppard Republican Contributions / Expenditures
Tom Redmond Democratic Contributions / Expenditures

COUNTY COMMISSIONER 8th DISTRICT

Walt Wilburn Republican
Toledo Blade May 12, 2014: “Longtime supervisor running for county post; Retired official aims to join commissioners”

R. Mark Ellsworth Democratic


JUDGE OF PROBATE COURT MONROE COUNTY PROBATE COURT (Incumbent Position Partial Term Ending 01/01/2019)

Jill LaVoy
Cheryl Lohmeyer (Current Judge of the Probate Court)


Newspaper Articles concerning Probate Court candidates:

Monroe News October 16, 2014 Letter to Editor by Jeffrey A. Dulany: Monroe County’s judicial incumbents deserve support


JUDGE OF DISTRICT COURT 1ST DISTRICT COURT (Incumbent Position 6 Year Term)

Mark S. Braunlich Current Judge of the District Court (Please see important note below)
Jarod Michael Calkins

****Please note that on June 26, 2014 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed First District Judge Mark S. Braunlich to the 38th Circuit Court seat. Judge Braunlich is filling the seat left vacant by Judge Michael W. LaBeau who retired. Even though he is not seeking the District Court position his name will still appear on the ballot. Click here to read the newspaper article concerning his appointment.

 

 

MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES (Vote for not more than 3)

William H. Braunlich
Ignazio Cuccia
Lynette M. Dowler
Jack Schwab
Mary Kay Thayer
Barbara J. Verran

Newspaper Articles concerning MCCC Board of Trustees candidates:

 

Click here to read bios for each of the MCCC Board Candidates which was published in Monroe News Election Guide.

Monroe News October 22, 2014 Letter to Editor Jean Dahm: Approving millage will only help if new trustees can properly handle money
Monroe News October 23, 2014 Letter to Editor William J. Bacarella, Jr.: Two erroneous facts about MCCC were shared in letter
Bedford Now October 25, 2014 & Monroe News October 26, 2014 Letter to Editor Sharon Hutchinson: Resident urges vote for Cuccia, Dowler and Verran for MCCC seats

 

 

LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS 4 Year Term Vote for not more than 3 (Click on name for candidate web site and/or Facebook Page)

Lisa Beins-McCaig
Timothy D. Brakel
Todd C. Bruning (Click here to read the newspaper article concerning Todd Bruning which appeared in the Toledo Blade September 22, 2014)
Joe Gore

Newspaper Articles concerning the school board candidates:

Toledo Blade October 13, 2014: Board candidates to greet district voters
Monroe News October 16, 2014 Letter to Editor Tim Janney: Bill will separate school boards from special interests
Toledo Blade October 20, 2014: Monroe Co. voters have many choices; Nov. 4 general election ballot includes House and Senate bids, levy requests
Bedford Now October 25, 2014: School Board Meet & Greet
Toledo Blade October 30, 2014: Bedford school board candidate Bruning says tax issues resolved; Monroe Co. clerk still shows tax deficiency, lien outstanding
Bedford Now October 30, 2014: Bruning Defends Tax, Arrest Challenges Against Him

 

 

 

 

Media coverage of the November 4, 2014 General Election

Click here to view the complete "General Election 2014; A Guide to the issues and candidates running in the general election" (40 Pages) Published by the Monroe News October 2014

Monroe News July 24, 2014: Candidates seeking seats on education, village boards (Click here to view the current members of the Bedford Public Schools Board of Education)

Toledo Blade October 20, 2014: Monroe Co. voters have many choices; Nov. 4 general election ballot includes House and Senate bids, levy requests

WSPD 1370 Radio October 29, 2014: Click here to listen to the Fred Lefebvre show when his guests were members of the Citizens For Fiscal Responsibility discussing the November 4, 2014 election ballot issues.

 

 

 

 

August 5 , 2014 Primary Election Information:

Results of the August 5, 2014 Primary Election:

Newspaper and Media Coverage:

Monroe News August 6, 2014: Click here for primary election results.

Toledo Blade August 6, 2014: Click here for primary election results.

WXYZ 7abc Detroit: Michigan Election Results

Michigan Secretary of State August 6, 2014: 2014 Unofficial Michigan Primary Election Results

Click here to view a sample ballot for Bedford Township for the August 5, 2014 Primary Election. (Please note that your ballot may be slightly different depending on your voter precinct. See Voter Info Center below.)

Click here to view a public ballot for any County,Township or School District issue in the State of Michigan. (Info provided by the Michigan Secretary of State)

Click here to view Monroe County Election Information that is on the State of Michigan Election web site.

Click here to view the list of Polling Locations in Monroe County

Click here to view the State of Michigan Voter Information Center. From the Michigan Voter Information Center, you can:

•Determine if you are registered to vote
•Find your polling location
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Ballot Proposals Information:

Toledo Blade April 1, 2014: Bedford library to ask for 0.25% levy in August.
Bedford Now April 29, 2014: Bedford Library Tax Request Campaign To Begin

 

Newspaper Articles Concerning Candidates in the August 5, 2014 Primary Election:

Toledo Blade July 28, 2014: 3 vie for 56th District seat in Michigan; Democrat, 2 Republicans seek to replace Zorn

Toledo Blade July 14, 2014: Plenty on primary ballot in Monroe ;Judicial battles, tax increases among upcoming decisions

 

Candidate Information:

(Click on the name of the candidate to visit their web site. Click on the words "Contributions" or "Expenditures" listed after their name to view who has contributed to their campaign or what they have spent on their campaign. You can also search any candidate by clicking here to view candidate financial statements on file with the State of Michigan):

 

STATE SENATOR 17th DISTRICT

Dale W. Zorn Republican Contributions / Expenditures
Doug Spade Democratic Contributions / Expenditures

REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE LEGISLATURE 56th DISTRICT

Irma M. Kubiske Republican Contributions / Expenditures
Jason M. Sheppard Republican Contributions / Expenditures
Tom Redmond Democratic

COUNTY COMMISSIONER 8th DISTRICT

Walt Wilburn Republican
Toledo Blade May 12, 2014: “Longtime supervisor running for county post; Retired official aims to join commissioners”


JUDGE OF PROBATE COURT MONROE COUNTY PROBATE COURT (Incumbent Position Partial Term Ending 01/01/2019)

Jill LaVoy
Cheryl Lohmeyer (Current Judge of the Probate Court)
Melissa Matiash


JUDGE OF DISTRICT COURT 1ST DISTRICT COURT (Incumbent Position 6 Year Term)

Mark S. Braunlich Current Judge of the District Court (Please see important note below)
Anthony R. Brescol
Michael Brown
Jarod Michael Calkins

****Please note that on June 26, 2014 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed First District Judge Mark S. Braunlich to the 38th Circuit Court seat. Judge Braunlich is filling the seat left vacant by Judge Michael W. LaBeau who retired. Even though he is not seeking the District Court position his name will still appear on the ballot. Click here to read the newspaper article concerning his appointment.

 

 

Bedford Library Tax Request Campaign To Begin

Read more at: http://www.bedfordnow.com/news/2014/apr/29/bedford-library-tax-request-campaign-begin/

May 6, 2014 Special Election Information:

Election results for the May 6, 2014 Bond Proposal:

Toledo Blade June 2, 2014: "Bedford Education Board to discuss levy defeat; Officials to seek what public will agree to fund. "

Toledo Blade May 6, 2014 (10:00 p.m.): "Bedford Schools superintendent concedes school levy lost"

Monroe News May 6, 2014 (10:30 p.m.): "Election results: Bedford Public Schools bond issue" A breakdown of the vote with six of eight precincts reporting, 2,187 voted "Yes" to approve the bond while 3,717 voters selected "No".

13abc Toledo May 6, 2014 (11:00 p.m.): Election Results

Monroe News May 6, 2014 (11:15 p.m.): "Election results: Bedford Public Schools bond issue FINAL " With all eight precincts reporting, 3,085 voted "yes" to approve the bond while 5,146 voters selected "no". There was a 34.2 percent voter turn out.

Toledo Blade May 7, 2014: "Voters reject Bedford school funding"

Bedford Now May 7, 2014: "Voters Say "No" To $70.35 Million Bond"

13abc Toledo May 7, 2014: Voters reject Bedford $70 million school bond request

Toledo Blade May 8, 2014: "Schools told ‘no’ in primary likely to ask voters again"

Monroe News May 8, 2014: "Letter to the Editor by Mike Jacobs "Voters Must Watch Bond Proposals To Maintain Focus"

Monroe News May 9, 2014: Editorial "Bedford's "Vision" Requires Revision

 

Click here to read and/or print a copy of the ballot for the May 6, 2014 bond proposal.

Click here to view complete information concerning the Bedford Public Schools Bond Proposal for May 6, 2014 This includes newspaper articles, letters-to-the-editor, web pages, Facebook pages, forums and TV coverage concerning what the Bedford Board of Education is proposing in this Bond Proposal.

Where do you vote? Click here to view a current map of Bedford Township Voter Precincts.

Michigan Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Voters should take a picture identification, such as a driver's license with them. Click here to view a list of other types of identification that are accepted in Michigan.

 

2012 Election Information:

Video and media coverage of candidate forum
Candidate responses to "Why should I vote for you" survey

Click here to view a copy of the post card mailed out by the Bedford Republican Club endorsing candidates in the November 6th General Election.

 

Results of November 6, 2012 General Election:

 

 


 

 

 

 

Click here to view a copy of the November 6, 2012 Bedford Township Results shown above that can be downloaded and printed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to view a copy of the November 6, 2012 Election Summary Report shown at the left which was provided by the Monroe County Clerk's Office.
You will be able to download and print the form.

 

Click here to view the unofficial results for all voting precincts in Monroe County Michigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedford School Board Results:

1356 Dee Ellsworth
1215 Ron Koch
531 Lisa McCaig
213 Troy Weyher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 



Bedford Township Board Swearing-In Ceremony November 16, 2012

Back Row (L-R) Nancy Tienvieri, Sandy Renius, Sally Dunn,Connie Velliquette, John Mohr, Joan Schockman, Garnet Francis
Front Row (L-R) Paul Pirrone, Rick Steiner, Larry O'Dell, Paul Francis, Trudy Hershberger, Greg Stewart

Newspaper Articles Concerning the November 6, 2012 General Election:

Toledo Blade November 19, 2012: "Bedford Township personnel changes; Outgoing officials express thanks"

Monroe Evening News November 17, 2012: "Swearing-In Time at Bedford"

Bedford Now November 14, 2012: "Ellsworth, Koch Elected To Bedford Board"

Monroe Evening News November 10, 2012: "Some Monroe County Races Still Not Decided" (Please see question #20 under the "Questions & Answers" section below for more info concerning "Write-In" laws in Michigan)

Monroe Evening News November 7, 2012: "Stewart walks over write-in challenge"

Toledo Blade November 7, 2012: "Wilburn fails write-in bid for Bedford Township post"

Monroe Evening News November 7, 2012: "Final Results For The County"

Bedford Now November 7, 2012: "Bedford Residents To Have New Board"

Monroe Evening News November 7, 2012: "Decision Time: It Likely Will Be Late Before Election Results Come In" (Info on write-in candidate official results for Supervisor and Bedford School Board)

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Elections in Bedford Township:

 

 

1. Where do I vote? Click here to view a Bedford Township Precinct Map.

2. How do I obtain a sample ballot? Click here to view a public ballot for the November 6, 2012 General Election. (from the State of Michigan web site) You will need to know your Bedford Township Precinct number. If you do not know your precinct number just click here to view a Bedford Township Precinct Map. Please note that a sample ballot for the November 6, 2012 will not be available for Monroe County until October 2012.

Click here to view the current STATE OF MICHIGAN STATEWIDE BALLOT PROPOSAL STATUS for the NOVEMBER 6, 2012 GENERAL ELECTION

 

3. How do I vote by absentee ballot? Click here to download an Absentee Ballot Application

4. How many registered voters are there in Bedford Township? According to the Bedford Township Clerk's Office as of September 4, 2012 there are 23,365 registered voters in Bedford Township.

5. How many Bedford Township residents voted in the 2008 General Election? According to the Bedford Township Clerk's Office 17,087 Bedford Township residents voted in the 2008 General Election. Click here to view the November 4, 2008 Bedford Township Election Results.

6. Where can I obtain the election results for the Bedford Township August 7, 2012 Primary Election? Click here to view the August 7, 2012 Primary Election results for Bedford Township.

7. Where can I obtain the election results for the August 7, 2012 Primary Election for Monroe County? Click here to view the August 7, 2012 Primary Election results for Monroe County Michigan.

8. Where can I obtain election information for the State of Michigan? Click here to view the State of Michigan Election Information page.

9. How many write-in votes will Walt Wilburn need to win in the general election? If the same number of Bedford Township voters turn out this year, as did in 2008, it looks like it will take over 5,000 write-in votes. Click here to view the November 4, 2008 Bedford Township Election Results.

10. Where can Bedford Township residents obtain a copy of the candidates "Committee to Elect Campaign Finance Statements"? You can obtain a copy of the finance statements from the candidate themselves or request a copy from the Monroe County Clerk's office ( Laura Keehn, Election Clerk 734-240-7025) The cost is $1.00 per page. These statement include an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of August 27, 2012. A candidate can apply for a waiver if they did not receive donations or incur expenditures over $1,000. (view Michigan Campaign Committee Manual for more info.) We have sent a request by e-mail to all candidates who ran for Bedford Township office in the August 7th Primary Election for a copy of their Campaign Finance Statement. As we receive statements we will post them to the Bedford Township Candidate Web Pages and Campaign Finance Statements page. As of this date (September 13th) we have received and posted copies for all the candidates who filed a statement or who applied for a waiver of the Committee Finance Statement.

11. Are there any other web sites, Facebook pages, blogs or forums that I can get information concerning the candidates who are running for office in Bedford Township? You can also get information from the following:

Bedford Watch is a non-profit citizens group interested in preserving and protecting Bedford Township (established December 2001)

Bedford Now Chatter is a forum sponsored by the Monroe Evening News that gives residents an opportunity to express their opinions and discuss a variety of topics concerning Bedford Township.

Bedford Township Michigan is a Facebook Page. This is NOT the township's government page. It's a community page for residents of Bedford Township and is intended as a way for each of us to get to know our neighbors & community better.

Bedford Yes - Advocates for Bedford Township Michigan is a Facebook Page. Our mission statement: “To promote Bedford Township Michigan as a great community to live, play, work, learn, shop and own a business. This fan page, along with our web site: www.bedfordyes.com will be used as a clearinghouse for information on a variety of topics that affect Bedford Township residents.”

12. Where are the headquarters for the Republican and Democratic Party located in Toledo and Monroe County?

Lucas County Republican Party
10 S. Superior
Toledo, OH 43604
419-482-0506
E-Mail: admin@lucascountygop.org
Web Site: http://lucascountygop.org/#

Monroe County Republican Party
2074 S Custer Road
Monroe, MI 48161
(734) 457-1994
E-Mail: monroecountyrepublicans@gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.monroecountyrepublicans.com

 

The Lucas County Democratic Party
1817 Madison Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604
(419) 246-9301
Email: lucasdems@buckeye-express.com
Web Site: http://www.lucasdems.com/index.php

Monroe County Democratic Party
106 W. Front Street
Suite 101
Monroe, MI 48161
(734) 243-4485
E-Mail: info@monroe-dems.com
Web Site: http://monroe-dems.com/

 

13. If I want to write a letter-to-the-editor in support of a candidate how do I go about submitting my letter to the newspapers? Click here for the information concerning submitting a letter-to-the-editor to the Bedford Now, Monroe Evening News and the Toledo Blade.

14. At the last Bedford Township Board meeting (October 16, 2012) it was stated by a couple of the current board members that the new township board that takes over on November 20th could change any decisions that the current board has made. If the new board wanted to change the DDA from Lambertville to Temperance is that possible? Answer from Trudy Hershberger, Bedford Township Clerk: I looked in the Bedford Township minutes of Sept. 21, 2010 and the DDA was approved to stay in place (per ordinance approval 81A-1) for the next 25 years. Yes, the new board could possibly change the DDA, but it would take some work. First, all outstanding bonds and or expenses would have to be paid in full. Second, the board would have to rescind Ordinance 81A-1 and create new ordinance for a DDA in Temperance. (Click here to view the video of the Bedford Township Board Meeting of October 16, 2012)

15. If some votes a straight Republican ticket can they write in a name such as “Wilburn” on their ballot? If someone votes a straight Democratic ticket can they write in a name such as “Wilburn” on their ballot? Answer from Trudy Hershberger, Bedford Township Clerk: Yes, if someone votes a straight ticket they can also vote for someone in a different party or a write-in.

16. Where can I get information such as the "pros" and "cons" concerning the 6 Michigan ballot proposals that are on the General Election Ballot? Click here to view the pros and cons furnished by the League of Women Voters of Michigan Education Fund.

17. If you voted by Absentee Ballot and mailed it in to the Bedford Township Clerk or put it in the drive-in drop box, is there any way to make sure that the Bedford Township Clerk has received your ballot? Yes ! Once a local clerk receives a voter's application for an absentee ballot, the voter's ballot information is continually updated by the clerk's office as it's sent and received. Absentee ballots are counted on Election Day after polls close. An innovative online feature from the SOS allows voters to check the status of their ballot. Click here to check on the status of your absentee ballot. Voters who can't find up-to-date information about their ballot or who don't have access to the Internet should call their city or township clerk's office.

18. What time are the polls open and when do they close in Michigan? The polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

19. Are there any special general rules surrounding voter conduct at the polls? Yes, click here to view the rules and regulations involving voter conduct provided by the State of Michigan.

20. What are the laws in the State of Michigan concerning write-in candidates? Click on the information below to read what the laws are in Michigan regarding write-in candidates.

Write-In Candidates - State of Michigan Laws: Declaration of Intent Requirement, Recording Write-In Votes, Canvassing and Certifying Write-In Votes

Michigan Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent Form

 

 

 

Public Ballot for the November 6, 2012 General Election (Bedford Township Voters)

 

 

 

To view a public ballot for the November 6, 2012 general election for Bedford Township you will need to know the following information: County (Monroe), Jurisdiction (Bedford) and Precinct Number (1-14). If you do not know your precinct number, just click here to view a map for Bedford Township precincts.

 

You can click on the graphic to the left to view a public ballot for the November 6, 2012 Election. (from the State of Michigan web site)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absentee Ballot Information:

 

 

Click on the graphic to the left to download an Absentee Ballot Application According to the Bedford Township Clerk's Office they will start mailing out absentee ballots the week of September 23rd.

If you have questions concerning absentee voting just click here to view "What You Need to Know About Absentee Voting" from the Michigan Secretary of State Office.

 

 

 

 

Bedford Township Candidates General Election Information (November 6, 2012):

Click here to view a copy of the post card mailed out by the Bedford Republican Club endorsing candidates in the November 6th General Election.

 

Newspaper Articles Concerning The Candidates:

"Why should I vote for you"

 

Supervisor:

Greg Stewart:

Boomerang Magazine September 2012: "A Man With Passion for Family and Community- Greg Stewart" (This is a new magazine for Monroe County. Click here to see a
list of locations where you can pick up a copy of the magazine.)

Toledo Blade August 27, 2012: "Politics make appearance at Bedford Twp. board meeting"

Bedford Now August 20, 2012: "Another component to this heated race could be rumors that have swelled around Mr. Stewart and the Hatch Act of 1939. Mr. Stewart said he is not in violation."

Click here to watch video of Bedford Township Board Meeting of August 21, 2012 to hear comments by Greg Stewart during public commentary regarding the rumors that his election to Bedford Township Supervisor was in violation of the “Hatch Act”.

Greg Stewart has posted some information on his Committee to Election Greg Stewart Face Book page about the Hatch Act and his involvement. I've copied his statement below. He also provided a link so residents can read up an the Act for themselves.

FAQ #5

What is the Hatch Act, will it stop your campaign?

The Hatch Act says that anyone that administers federal funds cannot run for or hold public office. Anyone that derives their salary from federal funds cannot run for public office.

Before I ran for office, I planned my run for office. I made sure that I did not fall under any of the criteria of the Hatch act that would disqualify me from running.

1. My salary is 100% from the general fund, no federal dollars.

2. I administer $0 federal dollars; in fact the only federal dollars Luna Pier has received since I have been there are dollars for a construction project for the Waste Water Treatment Plant that was intentionally administered by the City Treasurer and Clerk. The Mayor, by city charter administers the road and police funds.

3. Even if the above was not enough, I am exempt because I was hired, and answer to the legislative body (the City Counsel)

I have reviewed this with a number of Attorneys and am confident that I am on solid ground.

Luna Pier is not in jeopardy of losing funding and I will be moving forward in my pursuit of the office of Township Supervisor.

There are two individuals that are spreading this rumor and I will be addressing them and their attempt at anonymous and baseless attacks in a future public forum.

For more information check out: http://www.osc.gov/hatchact.htm

 

Walt Wilburn:

Monroe Evening News September 15, 2012: Letter to Editor by Clark S. Alcock "Everyone has right to run as write-in"

Bedford Press September 15, 2012: "Wilburn announces write-in campaign. Conventional wisdom .... or not?"

Bedford Now September 15, 2012: Letter to Editor by Walt Wilburn "Campaign gives voters a choice"

Monroe Evening News September 12, 2012: Letter to the Editor by Robyne Bush "Wilburn has right to run as write-in candidate"

Toledo Blade September 10, 2012: " Ousted official starts write-in drive"

Monroe Evening News September 6, 2012: Letter to the Editor by Steve Lennex "Wilburn should accept defeat and end write-in campaign"

Toledo Blade September 3, 2012: "Wilburn moves write-in kickoff site"

Toledo Blade August 20, 2012: "Bedford supervisor to mount write-in drive. Wilburn acknowledges challenges ahead."

Bedford Now August 20, 2012: "Wilburn To Run Write-In Campaign In Bedford"

How to evaluate persons seeking office in Bedford Township:

 

"Why Should I Vote For You" ?

 

Click on the graphic to the left to view a copy of a tool used to help question and evaluate candidates for Bedford Township Office. This is a consolidation of several questions sent to the web master of this web site. If anyone else has additional questions, please send them to the web master.

 

 


On July 8, 2012 all the candidates running for Bedford Township Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer and Trustee were invited via e-mail to complete the questionnaire. Listed below are responses from candidates that we have received as of this date. Just click on the names that are highlighted in blue to read their response:

Supervisor:

Walt Wilburn
Greg Stewart

Clerk:

Trudy Hershberger
Gail Hauser Hurley

Treasurer:

Paul Francis
Laura Collins (Please click here to read rebuttal by Paul Francis to comments made by Laura Collins in her response.)

Trustees:

Rick Steiner
Paul Pirrone
George Welling
Michael Sprott
Nancy Tienvieri
Mike Bassinger
Aaron Wiens
Jeff Zink
Larry O'Dell
Mark Ellsworth

 

 

Click on the graphic to the left to view a copy of suggestions and questions that have been sent to the web master concerning improving Bedford Township Government. If anyone else has additional suggestions or comments, please send them to the web master.

 

 

 

The Bedford Township Republican Club will sponsor a Candidate Forum on Thursday July 19, 2012 at the Bedford Junior High School Cafeteria from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Please contact Mary Kay Thayer if you have any questions.

Click here to read the story in the Bedford Now July 16, 2012 concerning the Candidate Forum.

 

 

Click here to read the story that appeared in the Toledo Blade July 20, 2012 concerning the Candidate Forum.

Click here to read the story that appeared in the Monroe Evening News July 20, 2012 concerning the Candidate Forum. (Supervisor-Clerk-Treasurer)

Click here to read the story that appeared in the Monroe Evening News July 20, 2012 concerting the Candidate Forum. (Trustees)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that the video begins at the 28 second mark;test pattern will be displayed until then.

Bedford Township Candidates Forum July 19, 2012 Supervisor-Clerk-Treasurer (Part 1 of 2 Videos).
(Please click here if you are having any problems viewing this video or would like to view on a larger screen located on the Vimeo Web Site)

 

 

 

 

Please note that the video begins at the 1 minute mark;test pattern will be displayed until then.

Bedford Township Candidates Forum July 19, 2012 Trustees (Part 2 of 2 Videos).
(Please click here if you are having any problems viewing this video or would like to view on a larger screen located on the Vimeo Web Site)

 

 

2012 Information concerning persons seeking office:

Candidate web sites, Facebook Pages and Committee to Elect Financial Statements:

What are the priorities of the candidates who are running for office in Bedford Township?

Bedford Township residents should become educated on all of the candidates and what their priorities will be if they are elected. Listed below are links to web sites and Facebook Pages for candidates. This is a great way for the candidates to get their message out to the residents of Bedford Township. Please check them out and share them with your friends! If you know of other candidate pages or web sites, please e-mail the info to me and I will post them on this page. You can also get additional information on candidates by doing a "Google" or other search. Just type in their name followed by Temperance Michigan. For example type in "Greg Stewart Temperance Michigan" Click here to see what the results will look like. You can also get additional information concerning the candidates by going to the section "Newspaper Articles & Discussion Blogs" on this page.

We have also added "Committee to Elect Financial Statements". These statement include an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of August 27, 2012. A candidate can apply for a waiver if they did not receive donations or incur expenditures over $1,000. (view Michigan Campaign Committee Manual for more info.) We have sent a request by e-mail to all candidates who ran for Bedford Township office in the August 7th Primary Election for a copy of their Campaign Finance Statement. As we receive statements we will post them to this section. As of this date (September 13th) we have received and posted copies for all the candidates who filed a statement or who applied for a waiver of the Committee Finance Statement.

Supervisor:

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Stewart:

Stewart 4 Bedford (Web Site)

Committee to Elect Greg Stewart (Facebook Page)

Click here to view a copy of the Campaign Finance Statement for "Committee to Elect Greg Stewart". This statement includes an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of August 27, 2012.

Click here to view a copy of the post card mailed out by the Bedford Republican Club endorsing Greg Stewart in the November 6th General Election.

Click here to view a copy of Greg Stewart's campaign literature.

Click here to view his campaign statement that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 20, 2012.

Click here to view a copy of the Pre and Post General Election Finance Statement for "Committee to Elect Greg Stewart"

Click here to view the answers to questionnaire "Why should I Vote for You?" by Greg Stewart

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Walt Wilburn :

Committee To Elect Walt Wilburn Bedford Township Supervisor (Facebook Page)

Vote Walt Wilburn (Web Site)

Click here to view a copy of the Campaign Finance Statement for “Committee to Elect Walt Wilburn Supervisor”. This statement includes an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of August 27, 2012.

Click here to view a post card mailed out by Walt Wilburn concerning his write-in campaign for the November 6th General Election.

Click here to view his campaign statement that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 20, 2012.

 

 

Clerk:

 

 




 

 

 

Trudy Hershberger:

Committee-to-elect-Trudy-Hershberger-Clerk (Facebook Page)

Hershberger 4 Clerk (Web Site)

Click here to view a copy of the Campaign Finance Statement for “Committee to Elect Trudy Hershberger Clerk ”. This statement includes an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of July 22, 2012.

Click here to view a copy of the post card mailed out by the Bedford Republican Club endorsing Trudy Hershberger in the November 6th General Election.

Click here to view her campaign statement that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 20, 2012.

 

 


Gail Hurley:

Click here to view a copy of the Campaign Finance Statement for “Gail Hauser-Hurley for Clerk ”. This statement includes an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of July 22, 2012.

Click here to view the answers to questionnaire"Why should I Vote for You?" by Gail Hauser Hurley



Treasurer:

 


 

 

 

 

Paul Francis:

Click here to view a copy of the Campaign Finance Statement for“Committee to Elect Paul Francis ”. This statement includes an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of July 22, 2012.

Click here to view a copy of the post card mailed out by the Bedford Republican Club endorsing Paul Francis in the November 6th General Election.

Click here to view his campaign statement that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 20, 2012.

Click here to view the answers to questionnaire"Why should I Vote for You?" by Paul Francis

 

 

Laura Collins:

Committee-to-Elect-Laura-Collins-Treasurer (Facebook Page)

Vote Laura Treasurer (Web Site)

Click here to view a copy of the Campaign Finance Statement for “Committee To Elect Laura Collins Treasurer”. This statement includes an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of August 27, 2012.

Click here to view the answers to questionnaire"Why should I Vote for You?" by Laura Collins

 

Trustee:

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Tienvieri:

Committee-to-Elect-Nancy-Tienvieri-Bedford-Township-Trustee (Facebook Page)


Nancy Tienvieri notified us that she filed for a waiver of the Committee Finance Statement for the Primary Election since she did not exceed the $1,000 limit on donations and expenditures.

Click here to view a copy of the post card mailed out by the Bedford Republican Club endorsing Nancy Tienvieri in the November 6th General Election.

Click here to view a copy of the campaign literature for Nancy Tienvieri

Click here to view her campaign statement that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 20, 2012.

Click here to view the answers to questionnaire"Why should I Vote for You?" by Nancy Tienvieri

Nancy Tienvieri notified us that she filed for a waiver of the Committee Finance Statement for the General Election since she did not exceed the $1,000 limit on donations and expenditures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Pirrone:

Paul Pirrone For Bedford Township Trustee (Facebook Page)

Click here to view a copy of the Campaign Finance Statement for “Pirrone for Bedford Township Trustee”. This statement includes an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of August 27, 2012.

Click here to view a copy of the post card mailed out by the Bedford Republican Club endorsing Paul Pirrone in the November 6th General Election.

Click here to view his campaign statement that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 20, 2012.

Click here to view the answers to questionnaire"Why should I Vote for You?" by Paul Pirrone

Click here to view his pre and post Campaign Finance Statement for the General Election

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Rick Steiner:

Committee To Elect Rick Steiner Bedford Township Trustee (Facebook Page)

Click here to view a copy of the Campaign Finance Statement for “Committee to Elect Rick Steiner Trustee ”. This statement includes an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of August 7, 2012.

Click here to view a copy of the post card mailed out by the Bedford Republican Club endorsing Rick Steiner in the November 6th General Election.

Click here to view a copy of campaign literature for Rick Steiner

Click here to view his campaign statement that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 20, 2012.

Click here to view the answers to questionnaire"Why should I Vote for You?" by Rick Steiner

Click here to view his pre and post Campaign Finance Statement for the General Election

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Zink:

Click here to view a copy of the Campaign Finance Statement for “Committee to Elect Jeffery Zink”. This statement includes an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of July 22, 2012.

Click here to view a copy of the post card mailed out by the Bedford Republican Club endorsing Jeff Zink in the November 6th General Election.

Click here to view his campaign statement that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 20, 2012.

Click here to view the answers to questionnaire"Why should I Vote for You?" by Jeff Zink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry O'Dell:
Larry O'Dell has filed for a waiver of the Committee Finance Statement since he did not exceed the $1,000 limit on donations and expenditures in the primary election.

Click here to view his campaign statement that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 20, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Ellsworth:
Mark Ellsworth has filed for a waiver of the Committee Finance Statement since he did not exceed the $1,000 limit on donations and expenditures in the primary election.

Click here to view his campaign statement that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 20, 2012.

 


Mike Sprott:
Mike Sprott has filed for a waiver of the Committee Finance Statement since he did not exceed the $1,000 limit on donations and expenditures in the primary election.

 

George Welling:

George Welling Bedford Township Trustee (Facebook Page)

Click here to view a copy of the Campaign Finance Statement for “Committee to Elect George Welling ”. This statement includes an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of July 22, 2012.

 

Mike Bassinger:

Committee-to-Elect-Mike-Bassinger-Township-Trustee (Facebook Page)

Click here to view a copy of the Campaign Finance Statement for “Committee to Elect Mike Bassinger Township Trustee ”. This statement includes an itemized list of donors and expenditures as of July 22, 2012.


Aaron Wiens:

Aaron Wiens For Bedford Township Trustee (Facebook Page)
Aaron Wiens notified us that he filed for a waiver of the Committee Finance Statement since he did not exceed the $1,000 limit on donations and expenditures.

 

Candidates for Bedford Public Schools Board of Education:

Click here to read the newspaper article that appeared in the Monroe Evening News on October 31, 2012: "Four write-in candidates seeking two Bedford Board Seats"

Click here to read the story that appeared in the Toledo Blade October 15, 2012: "3 write-ins vying for 2 seats on Bedford board"

 

Denise Ellsworth:

 

Click here to read Dee's profile information that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 31, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Koch:

 

Click here to read Ron's profile information that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 31, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa McCaig:

 

 

Click here to read Lisa's profile information that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 31, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Troy Weyher:

 

Click here to read Troy's profile information that appeared in the Monroe Evening News October 31, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information Concerning Persons running for Monroe County Positions in the General Election:

Candidate web sites and Facebook Pages:

Sheriff:

Malone For Sheriff (Web Site)

Drain Commissioner:

David P. Thompson for Monroe County Drain Commissioner

 

 

Judge of Circuit Court:

 

Judge of Probate Court:

 

Monroe County Community College Board of Trustees:

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. James DeVries:

Click here to read the newspaper feature article concerning Jim Devries.

Click here to view the web site for Jim Devries

 

 

 

Monroe County Ballot Issues:

 

Monroe County Road Commission Ballot Issue:

Monroe Evening News August 27, 2012: "No Road Agency Vote; Manager Forced Out"

Monroe Evening News August 21, 2012: "Road Agency Fate To Be On Ballot"

 

 

 

A somber Mr. Wilburn congratulated Mr. Stewart at Bedford Township Hall earlier in the night.
Just minutes before, he offered a concession speech to his supporters who were gathered nearby.

“I think that Greg and I both care about this township,” he said. “I’ll work with him to make a smooth transition.”

Mr. Wilburn, a Republican, said he believed that the people of Bedford wanted different leadership.

“I think people showed that they want a change,” he said. “I’ve had a wonderful tenure here as supervisor.”

 

 

Newspaper Articles & Discussion Blogs Concerning Candidates and Ballot Issues:

Bedford Now November 3, 2012: Letter to Editor by John Mohr "O'Dell's experience worthy of voters' confidence"

Bedford Now November 3, 2012: Letter to Editor by Ramona Bell: "83-year-old backs Walt Wilburn for supervisor"

Monroe Evening News October 26, 2012: Letter to Editor by Michelle Bork "Greg Stewart has drive to change Bedford Township"

Monroe Evening News October 26, 2012: Letter to Editor by Gene Stock "Leadership Will Move Bedford Forward"

Toledo Blade October 22, 2012: "Bedford Township Supervisor’s race has unusual twist"

Toledo Blade July 25, 2012: Yard signs targeted by thieves Bedford Township placards dumped on other properties.

Monroe Evening News July 20, 2012: Candidate Forum. (Trustees)

Monroe Evening News July 20, 2012: Candidate Forum. (Supervisor-Clerk-Treasurer)

Toledo Blade July 20, 2012: Bedford Township Candidate Forum.

Bedford Now July 20, 2012: Trudy Hershberger: ‘I understand the things that residents have to go through’

Bedford Now July 20, 2012: Gail Hauser-Hurley: ‘Come up with creative ways to solve our problems’

Bedford Now July 16, 2012: Candidate forum scheduled for Thursday

Bedford Now July 16, 2012: Paul Francis: “I have the … credentials”

Bedford Now July 16, 2012: Laura Collins: “I can bring my expertise

Bedford Now July 16, 2012: " Lifelong Bedford resident, Aaron Wiens wants to be trustee"

Bedford Now July 2, 2012: "Tienvieri seeks Government Transparency in Trustee race"

Bedford Now June 27, 2012: "Businessman Bassinger seeking Trustee spot"

Bedford Now June 21, 2012: "Jeff Zink, Retired president of excavating company wants to represent Bedford as trustee"

Bedford Now June 12, 2012: "Ellsworth seeking trustee spot"

Bedford Now Chatter Forum June 11, 2012: "Birthday Greetings For Candidates"

Toledo Blade June 11, 2012: "Planning member to run for Bedford trustee"

Toledo Blade June 11, 2012: "Supporter puts holiday spin on political signs"

Toledo Blade May 28, 2012: "Steiner announces trustee candidacy"

Toledo Blade May 16, 2012: "Township Supervisor Faces Challenger"

Bedford Now May 15, 2012: "Bedford Township Candidates"

Bedford Now May 10, 2012: "Stewart seeking to be next supervisor"

Toledo Blade May 4, 2012: " Luna Pier official to run for Bedford supervisor"

Toledo Blade May 1, 2012: "Bedford trustee to run for twp. treasurer"

Toledo Blade March 7, 2012: "Business group leader Collins seeks treasurer role"

Chatter Forum-Bedford Now February 24, 2012: "Hershberger wants to be clerk discussion"

Bedford Now February 23, 2012: "Hershberger wants to be clerk"

Bedford Now February 23, 2012: "Hurley seeking clerk post"

Toledo Blade February 22, 2012: "Challenger enters race for probate court judge. Brescol practices in Old Schoolhouse Commons"

Bedford Now February 21, 2012: "Laura Collins seeking treasurer spot"

Bedford Now Forum February 18, 2012: "Wilburn announced re-election campaign - propaganda article if you ask me."

Toledo Blade February 15, 2012: "Former Bedford deputy steps up to fill clerk's vacancy, Hershberger must prepare for 4 elections."

Bedford Now February 12, 2012: "Wilburn seeking re-election to supervisor role"

 

 

Past Election Info:

 

August 7, 2012 Primary Election Results:

 

 

 

Click on the graphic to the left to view a complete printable copy of the August 7, 2016 Primary Election results for Bedford Township and Monroe County. (4 pages)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A somber Mr. Wilburn congratulated Mr. Stewart at Bedford Township Hall earlier in the night.
Just minutes before, he offered a concession speech to his supporters who were gathered nearby.

“I think that Greg and I both care about this township,” he said. “I’ll work with him to make a smooth transition.”

Mr. Wilburn, a Republican, said he believed that the people of Bedford wanted different leadership.

“I think people showed that they want a change,” he said. “I’ve had a wonderful tenure here as supervisor.”


Newspaper Articles:

Bedford Now August 8, 2012: "Stewart Tops Wilburn For Supervisor"

Monroe Evening News August 8, 2012: "Primary Election Results"

Toledo Blade August 8, 2012: "Luna Pier administrator ousts Bedford supervisor"

 

Public Ballot for the August 7, 2012 Primary Election (Bedford Township Voters)

 

 

 

To view a public ballot for the August 7, 2012 primary election for Bedford Township you will need to know the following information: County (Monroe), Jurisdiction (Bedford) and Precinct Number (1-14). If you do not know your precinct number, just click here to view a map for Bedford Township precincts.

 

You can click on the graphic to the left to view a public ballot for the August 7 th Primary Election. (from the State of Michigan web site)

 

 

 

 

 

Bedford Township Ballot Issues:

Chatter Forum-Bedford Now March 6, 2012: Fire Department Tax

Bedford Now March 6, 2012: "Fire tax will be on August ballot"

Bedford Now February 21, 2012: "Voters to consider police tax renewal"

 

Information Concerning Persons running for Monroe County Positions:

Candidate web sites and Facebook Pages:

Sheriff:

Redmond For Sheriff (Web Site)

Malone For Sheriff (Web Site)

Charles G Harrington Jr. for Monroe County Sheriff (Web Site)

 

Drain Commissioner:

David P. Thompson for Monroe County Drain Commissioner

 

 

Judge of Circuit Court:

 

Judge of Probate Court:

Committee to Elect Anthony R. Brescol

http://www.brescol.com (Web Site)

 

 

Information concerning the levy for roads (November 8, 2011):

 

Click on the graphic at the left to read MEN (November 9, 2011) article concerning the voting results.

 

 

Click here to complete a survey form concerning the 1mil proposal for road repair that will be forwarded to the township before the November election. 

Click here to view the current results of the survey.

 

Please Note: The above survey concerning the road millage issue was posted by a person named "machinehead 2002" on the Bedford Now Forum. You may want to take a few minutes to complete the survey. The results of the survey will be forwarded to the Bedford Township Trustees before the November vote. Please share this info with other residents in Bedford Township.

Click here to view the discussion that is taking place on the Bedford Now Forum concerning the road millage.

 

Machinehead2002 also spent a little time putting together a Township map representing the main road conditions. Click here to view the map.

 

Please note: Click here if you would like to view the discussion on the Bedford Now forum concerning this map.


 

 

 

 

 

Click on the graphic to read the editorial in Monroe Evening News August 22, 2011 concerning the road tax.

 

 

 

 

Bedford Now November 5, 2011: Letter to editor by Nancy Tienvieri "Money should go to improvements to roads, not maintenance"

Bedford Now October 22, 2011: Letter to editor by Rennie Latford "Road millage proposal is too expensive"

Monroe Evening News October 20, 2011: Letter to editor by Darlene Stammer "Bedford road millage worth it to keep drivers safe"

Bedford Now October 15, 2011: Letter to editor by Aggie Langschied "Taxes aren't being directed to our needs"

Bedford Now September 24, 2011: "Answers to Road Questions"

Monroe Evening News August 20, 2011:  "First town hall draws questions on tax plan"

Click here to watch video of Town Hall Meeting on Roads: August 19th (last 30 minutes of meeting).

If you missed the live broadcast of the first Town Hall Meeting concerning the road millage (August 19 th) it will re-broadcast on the Bedford Township Cable station (channel 7 or 11) on the following dates:

Wednesday, August 24 th at 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 25 th at 7:00 p.m.

Bedford Now August 13, 2011: "Residents will decide with a vote whether to institute a tax to pay for repairs"

Click here to read comments concerning the road millage as being discussed on Bedford Now Forum.

 

Monroe Evening News May 8, 2010: "Warnke would let conscience be his guide"

Toledo Blade April 28, 2010: "Plan to seek levy for roads shelved"

Bedford Now April 24, 2010: "Letter to Editor by Frank Knoll "Questions about road tax proposal"

Bedford Now April 17, 2010: "A plan to pay for roads?"

Toledo Blade April 14, 2010: "Skeptics speak at first session on Bedford Township repair plan"

Toledo Blade March 31, 2010: "Bedford Township sets 5 forums to discuss road plans"

Bedford Now March 27, 2010: "Township seeks input on whether to levy for roads"

     Click here to watch presentation by Ralph Lange concerning the proposed road millage (at the March 16th Township Board Meeting)

 

 

 

 

Click anywhere on the graphic to the left to view a printable copy of the sample ballot for the November 2, 2010 General Election. Please note that the District 8 candidates do not appear on this ballot as this sample ballot is for those who will be voting in District 9.  For information on the candidates running in District 8 ( Jason Sheppard - Republican & Connie Velliquette - Democrat) please click on the link for the newspaper article listed below "Monroe County Board of Commissioners".

 

 

Where do you vote in Bedford Township? Click here to view the Bedford Township Precinct Map   and precinct voting locations. 


 

Current Newspaper Articles:

Monroe Evening News October 20, 2010: "Monroe County Board of Commissioners" (Bedford Township local candidates)

Bedford Now August 28, 2010: "Cemetery groundbreaking expected this year"

Bedford Now August 28, 2010: "Panel Retreats from Park Levy"

Toledo Blade August 25, 2010: "Bedford Township has plan for new cemetery"

Toledo Blade August 25, 2010: "Bedford Township won't request November parks levy"

Monroe Evening News August 19, 2010: Letter to Editor by Sylvia Lennex "Find cash for Bedford parks elsewhere"

Toledo Blade August 11, 2010: "Bedford Township parks may get new millage try" "Board to discuss November vote".

 

Election Results:  Click here to read a copy of the August 3, 2010 election results (by voter precinct) for Bedford Township.

 

 

  Click here to view a copy of the sample ballot for the August 3, 2010 Primary Election

 

 

Information concerning the proposed levy for park maintenance & operation:


    

Click here to watch presentation by John Mohr (Park Board Chairman) concerning the proposed Park millage
(at the March 16th Township Board Meeting)

 

Click here to read the financial statement for the Park Board Fund as of January 31, 2010.  This financial statement, which contains 3 pages, will list the revenues and expenditures that have been budgeted for the 2009-2010 Bedford Township fiscal year which ends on June 30, 2010. The statement will also list the current balance in the Park Fund.

 

Click on graphic at the left to read the Bedford Township 5-Year Recreation Plan concerning our parks.

 

 

Click on graphic at he left to read the Park Board Fund Proposed Budget for 2010-2011.

 

 

Bedford Township Park Commission

Membership: The Park Commission is a duly elected board with four (4) years for each member.

Meetings: Meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M.

Current Members:

Pearl Albert-Green: 734- 847- 4070  pearlie@buckeye-express.com
John Mohr: 734 - 856 - 1767     mohrjassoc@buckeye-access.com
Joe Blaze
Paul Pirrone

Rick Garrett
Bob Schockman


Current newspaper articles concerning the proposed levy for park maintenance & operation:

 

Bedford Now July 24, 2010: Letter to Editor by Jon Whitman "Township needs to cut staff, not create taxes"

Bedford Now June 26, 2010: Letter to Editor by John Strand "Help offered to clarify muddled park millage"

Bedford Now June 5, 2010: Letter to Editor by Frank Knoll "Parks millage plan raises questions"

Bedford Now May 8, 2010: "Letter to Editor by Frank Knoll "Outline budget before asking for park millage"

Bedford Now March 27, 2010: "Park millage faces another vote"

Toledo Blade March 24, 2010: "New tax on Bedford Township ballot to fix, maintain playgrounds"

 

 


Information concerning the proposed levy for roads:

 

 

Monroe Evening News May 8, 2010: "Warnke would let conscience be his guide"

Toledo Blade April 28, 2010: "Plan to seek levy for roads shelved"

Bedford Now April 24, 2010: "Letter to Editor by Frank Knoll "Questions about road tax proposal"

Bedford Now April 17, 2010: "A plan to pay for roads?"

Toledo Blade April 14, 2010: "Skeptics speak at first session on Bedford Township repair plan"

Toledo Blade March 31, 2010: "Bedford Township sets 5 forums to discuss road plans"

Bedford Now March 27, 2010: "Township seeks input on whether to levy for roads"

     Click here to watch presentation by Ralph Lange concerning the proposed road millage (at the March 16th Township Board Meeting)

 

 

 

 

 

Election Results for May 2009:

Whitman Re-Zoning:

Yes: 2,920
No: 3,209

Bedford Public Schools Sinking Fund:

Yes: 3,751
No: 2,427

Click here to read Bedford Now article (May 9, 2009) on election results.

 

Township Proposal:  Whitman Re-Zoning

 

PROPOSITION: To Approve or Reject the Whitman Rezoning.

BALLOT:

"Shall the 5 rezoning's of the 5 parcel portions of the Whitman property located more or less on the Northwest corner of Sterns Road and Lewis Avenue, on parcel #58-02-027-059-40, approved by the township board of trustees on or about December 2, 2008, changing parcel portion #1 containing approximately 4.16 acres from R2A to PBO; changing parcel portion #2 containing approximately 4.40 acres from R2A to RM2; changing parcel portion #3 containing approximately 4.40 acres from R2A to RME; changing parcel portion #4 containing approximately 3.59 acres from C2 TO C3; changing parcel portion #5 containing approximately 3.27 acres from C2 TO C3 be approved or rejected. 

A YES vote means the new zoning classification for the 5 parcel portions of the Whitman property approved on December 2, 2008 will be in effect.

A NO vote means the 5 parcel portions of the Whitman property will return to their original zoning classifications in effect prior to the rezoning.

 

Click here to watch part 1 of 2 videos of the Bedford Township Board meeting on December 2, 2008 where the board acted on the re-zoning of the 6 parcels on the Whitman property.

Click here to watch part 2 of 2 videos of the Bedford Township Board meeting on December 2, 2008 where the board acted on the re-zoning of the 6 parcels on the Whitman property.

 

Bedford Public Schools Proposal:  Sinking Fund (May 5, 2009)

 

SINKING FUND MILLAGE PROPOSITION

 

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the Bedford Public School District, Monroe County, Michigan be increased by 0.50 mills ($0.50 of each $1,000.00 of taxable valuation) for a period of five (5) years, 2009 to and including 2013, for sinking fund purposes to be used for replacement of the High School Boiler and the Smith Road Elementary Boiler, repair of identified building deficiencies (including, but not limited to roofs) throughout the District, asbestos abatement and asbestos flooring replacement throughout the District; if unspent funds from the Sinking Fund Levy are available after the completion of the above-stated projects, they shall be used by the District for such school district safety and security improvements as may be authorized by law? It is estimated that the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in the 2009 calendar year shall be approximately $527,000.00 from the local taxes authorized in this proposal.

(Under state law, sinking fund proceeds may not be used to pay teacher or administrator salaries, routine maintenance costs or other School District operating expenses.)

 

Click here to read Toledo Blade Article April, 22, 2009

Monroe News May 6, 2009: Bedford sinking fund okayed

Toledo Blade May 6, 2009: Maumee, Bedford schools gain levy victories; B.G., Otsego lose

 

Bedford Township Millage Proposals and Election Information Prior to 2009

 

Toledo Blade February 17, 2006: Survey: Residents OK paying for more officers;Bedford Township Contracts with Deputies for Patrols.

TMACOG Public Meeting Notes: Public Meeting, May 20, 2003 Perrysburg – Holiday Inn French Quarter concerning TARTA info in Bedford Township

Toledo Blade August 7, 2002: Election Results: Bedford backs library, parks levies

Toledo Blade August 7, 2002: Bedford Voters Back Pair of Levies

Toledo Blade April 3, 2002: Bedford to amend its zoning ordinance; Citizens will get vote on redevelopment plans; Library Bond Issue Language Approved

Toledo Blade June 23, 1987: Bedford Township Board OK's Bonds Sale to Finance Local Library Expansion

Toledo Blade June 17, 1986: Bedford Library Issue is Placed on Ballot Again

Toledo Blade March 25, 1986: Low-Key Approach is Selected for Bedford Library Bond Issue

Toledo Blade February 25, 1986: $600,000 Limit Put on Library Project