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This Nov. 6, Michigan voters will have to comb through an unprecedented number of proposals on the 2012 ballot — 18 for Detroit voters. The following explanation of proposals are intended to help voters when at the polls:

– Six (6) STATE proposals 12-1 through 12-6

12-1: Referendum on Public Act 4 – the emergency manager law authorizes a governor appointee to assume all power of a local governing official or body, it allows this person to enter into or break contracts and get rid of elected officials and union’s rights to collective bargaining.

12-2: Proposal to amend the state constitution regarding collective bargaining

This proposal gives workers the CONSTITUTIONAL right to organize and bargain collectively protecting their jobs, working conditions and compensation.

12-3: Proposal to amend the state constitution to establish a standard for renewable energy

This proposal makes it so that electric utilities must provide at least 25 percent of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources, which are wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower, by 2025. Users rate will increase no more than 1 percent.

12-4: Proposal to amend the state constitution to establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and provide collective bargaining for in-home care workers

12-5: Proposal to amend the state constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes by state government

This proposals require a statewide vote by the people or 2/3 majority vote of the state legislature for the state to impose new or additional taxes, expand the base of or increase the rate of taxation.

12-6: Proposal to amend the state constitution regarding construction of international bridges and tunnels.

This proposal makes it so that construction of new bridges requires a statewide and municipal vote by the people.

– Five (5) COUNTY proposals

1. Form of the Wayne County Budget and Appropriation Ordinance; Authorizes the Wayne County Commission and not the Wayne County Executive to establish the form of the county budget and appropriation ordinance and require the Commission to establish the form of the budget and ordinance

2. Independent External Auditor; Proposal amends county charter to prohibit restriction and further requires an external auditor

3. Membership on the Wayne County Retirement Commission; Proposal expands commission to nine instead of eight members, authorizes Commission chairperson to appoint a designee on retirement commission, allows employees and retirees of airport authority to serve on retirement commission

4. Removal of the Wayne County Executive from Office; amends county charter to authorize governor to remove county exec from office

5.  Wayne County Commission’s power to approve compensation; amends charter to empower Commission to approve compensation of every county employment position unless established by state or federal law.

– Five (5) CITY: Proposals C, E, G, M and P;

Proposals C, E, and G seeks to amend the city charter to

C — permit Corporation Counsel to take judicial action on his or her own initiative

E — provide for fixed minimum and maximum number of signatures required for

nominating petitions for City elective officers instead of the current percentage-based minimums and maximums

G —to provide that the City Council shall determine by ordinance which gifts, gratuities, honoraria, and other things of value City officials and City employees are prohibited from receiving in connection with their work for the City currently council is prohibited from receiving such gifts, etc.

Proposal M amends the city ordinance to allow adults 21 and older possession of less than one ounce of marijuana on private property in the City of Detroit without criminal prosecution

Proposal P permits city officials and employees after leaving their position to lobby or appear before the city council or city government on behalf of those with whom they have personal services contracts.  The ordinance currently prohibits such activity for one year after leaving the city position.

– Local School District: Proposal S to extend millage for restoration of school operations

– Wayne County Community College District Millage Proposal for community college purposes authorized by law will increase current tax by one dollar per thousand dollars (1 mill) for 10 years beginning July 2013

Important voter information:

After October 9, citizens may vote at the East and West Campuses of Wayne County Community College District as well the Election Commission located at 2978 West Grand Blvd in Detroit.  They may request an absentee ballot application and complete it on site.  This entitles them to receive a ballot immediately and vote at that time.

See 2012 sample ballot here:

Voter registration and absentee ballot applications here:

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