Public Policy News Archive

September, 2014

  • Conflict of Interest rules apply to all communities, regardless of size

    September 22, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Often a small community struggles to avoid a “conflict of interest” situation – particularly hard because of its small size. But there are not any exceptions or special dispensation due to the size of a community.

  • Streamlining the zoning ordinance: Part 1

    September 22, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Zoning can be confusing and hard to understand. There are several zoning streamlining techniques to make zoning easier to understand and use.

  • Land Division Act basics for landowners

    September 22, 2014 | Brad Neumann | Current and prospective owners of land in Michigan will benefit from understanding some basics of the Land Division Act.

  • Property taxes 101 part two: Administration

    September 8, 2014 | Terry Gibb | Everyone pays property taxes but many citizens do not understand the process used to determine their tax bill.

  • Property taxes 101

    September 4, 2014 | Terry Gibb | The role of government is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. To fulfill this role, governments at all levels need resources to provide goods and services.