Property owners are entitled to due process in appealing their Four Lakes lake level assessment under the Inland Lake Level Act, Part 307 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. As Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) resolves logistics and jurisdiction issues, we want property owners to know that FLTF will not object to appeals on the grounds of late filing if the appeal is submitted by August 15th.
Tuesday, July 12, the Gladwin and Midland County Boards of Commissioners both unanimously approved the assessment roll for the Operations & Maintenance Assessment. The Commissioners also approved the Computation of Cost for Operations & Maintenance and the $250 million project cost estimate for restoring the four dams. The vote was an important step toward rebuilding the dams. The Operations & Maintenance Assessment is planned to appear on the December 2022 property tax bill.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 12th, at 12:00 PM, the Gladwin and Midland county Boards of Commissioners will jointly meet at Meridian High School (3303 N Meridian Rd, Sanford, MI). The public is welcome to attend and there will be a public comment period.
In 2022, Four Lakes Task Force initiated a survey of the Four Lakes Special Assessment District property owners. The 2022 survey was sent out in April, shortly after news of the $200 million state grant. It was conducted by Public Sector Consultants (PSC), an independent, nonpartisan company based in Lansing. The 2022 survey is similar to the survey completed by PSC in 2021.
A few key takeaways from the PSC report:
In advance of the July 12 meeting with the Gladwin and Midland County Boards of Commissioners, FLTF has updated its flyer related to funding and financing to incorporate changes to the Assessment Roll up to the June 29th Hearing.
Today, July 8, there has been confusion about a media report related to the at-large assessment of Four Lakes Task Force to Gladwin and Midland counties. The governing bodies of each of these entities wishes to clear up several misconceptions related to the at-large assessment.
In December 2021, Four Lakes Task Force initiated communications and public dialogue related to the Special Assessment for Operations and Maintenance. This included webinars, emails, news flashes and two first-class mailings. Throughout this process, public input, comments and concerns were accepted. In addition, four public information meetings, called Preliminary Days of Review, were conducted in February 2022 and April 2022. Property owners were provided an opportunity to meet and discuss their property with members of FLTF and its consultant Spicer Group.
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