| May 21, 2012
| 6:13 PM
Funkstown Town Council members unanimously passed a 2012-13 budget Monday night that includes a 4-cent property tax rate hike, a 10 percent water rate increase and a temporary utility recovery fee that charges each household account $25 per quarter for...
| Jun 4, 2012
As home foreclosures tear apart neighborhoods throughout the state, an annual battle plays out in Springfield between the banking industry and community activists over how to deal with the damage.
The banks always emerge largely unscathed. It happened...
| May 29, 2012
| 3:00 AM
MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakehas taken a bold step forward to alleviate Baltimore City's painfully high residential property tax rate. In the face of very difficult economic and budgetary conditions, she has introduced the Targeted Homeowners' Tax...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 11:47 AM
Springvale Township residents will have two major proposals to decide Tuesday, Nov. 6, during the presidential election about whether to pay for more funding for road constructions projects and whether it wants library services through the Petoskey...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 4:22 PM
I have not paid as much attention to local politics as I should have until recently when I became familiar with the proposed social host ordinance. Whatever your opinion on whether such an ordinance is right for our community, we should all be greatly...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 2:00 AM
The Herald-Mail recently posed a number of questions about the proposed downtown multiuse sports and events center (MUSEC).
The following are the questions and the answers provided by city staff members — Administrator Bruce Zimmerman, MUSEC...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 6:44 AM
PETOSKEY -- Petoskey City Council members decided Monday to keep the light on for a beacon to potentially be built in a local park.
A resolution that would have repealed the city's 2010 authorization for the privately funded lighthouse project in...
| Aug 26, 2012
Oh, to have stock in the company that makes Band-Aids — the big, industrial kind that governments apply to bleeding budgets.
The current Band-Aid of choice is a wily little thing called a fire fee. It never comes off, even when a city goes under...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 6:03 AM
A bill that would require land conservancies such as the Little Traverse Conservancy to either pay property tax on their nature preserves or open the preserves to all uses started because of a dogsled race.
The race, which ran from Marquette to Newberry,...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 2:57 PM
ELKHART – The city of Elkhart is in for some deep budget cuts, which include keeping police and firefighters at home - unpaid.
Next year's controversial spending plan still has to pass the Common Council, but it looks like these reductions will...
| Sep 9, 2012
Just above the cash register at Sam's Auto Service, the owner has taped up a photo of his elderly father, a snapshot of his granddaughter and his property tax bills.
Owner Bassam Shaheen knows it may seem odd to tape up an old $53,000 annual tax bill....