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August 6, 2014 Ways and Means Agenda

AGENDA
WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
August 6, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Administration Building - Board Room
220 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan
http://www.ewashtenaw.org

I.  Roll Call
II.  Citizen Participation
III.  Commissioner Follow-up to Citizen Participation
IV.  New  Business

A.  Economic Development

1.    Office of Community and Economic Development

a.  2014 Act 88 Advisory Committee project recommendations

  • Approving funding for the 2014 Act 88 local economy projects as recommended by the Act 88 Advisory Committee
  • The Act 88 Advisory Committee was established with resolution No. 13-0193 to annually review applications, recommending funding, and evaluate recipients for revenue generated through the Act 88 millage
  • Ten percent (10%) of 2014 Act 88 millage receipts, totalling $91,753, were allocated to be disbursed via the Act 88 Advisory Committee
  • The Act 88 Advisory Committee issued a request for proposals for proposals for projects undertaken by eligible entities to assist in delivering products, services, and research that promotes growth and development of the local economy
  • Proposals were ranked according to their Act 88 eligibility, potential for job creation, leveraged funding, sustainability, and respondent qualifications
  • The Committee recommends awarding $87,760 in funding for six projects:
    - $10,060 to the Michigan State University Product Center to study the potential for enhanced food processing in Washtenaw County
    - $12,700 to the Michigan State University Product Center to develop "MarketMaker",  a food industry business network and database
    - $20,000 to Growing Hope/Reconsider to run community education events on the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption Act and to study the potential and processes for investing locally in Washtenaw County 
    - $13,000 to Growing Hope/Revalue to provide two full day educational events to assist investors in incorporating local investment offerings into their financial plans
    - $13,000 to Growing Hope to create a study on increasing food assistance sales at farmers markets in Washtenaw County
    - $19,000 to Growing Hope to support the development of an Ypsilanti "MarketPlace", a year round farmer's market, and "MarketHub", a food distribution center serving underserved communities
  • The $3,993 which remains unallocated will remain in the Act 88 fund balance to support future projects

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at Board

B.  County Administrator

a. Recommendations from TIF Policy Committee (Resolution)  (TIF Policy)

  • Approving the recommendations of the TIF Policy Committee

b. Veteran Relief Millage

  • Approving an Indigent Veterans' Relief Millage
  • Of 0.0370 (1/27th) mills to be levied in December, 2014 as recommended by the Veterans Affairs Committee
  • For use during calendar year 2015
  • To provide relief for honorably discharged indigent members of the armed forces and their spouses, minor children and parents
  • If approved, the millage would cost a homeowner $3.70 for every $100,000 of his/her home's taxable value
  • In 2014, the millage generated an estimated $463,160
  • The proposed millage would generate $540,887 in 2015
  • The millage rate is a slight increase over previous years in order to keep pace with the cost of living in claims, the anticipated release of current active duty soldiers, increases in rates of death of the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam population, continued increases in workload due to the Washtenaw County Veterans Treatment Court, collaboration with VA Homeless Coordinators, and outreach efforts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

c. Agricultural and Economic Development Millage

  • Approving an Agriculture and Economic Development Millage
  • Of 0.07 mills to be levied in December, 2014
  • For use during calendar year 2015
  • To promote economic activity in the county through advertising agricultural and industrial advantages, exhibiting products and industries, encouraging immigration and increased trade and advertising for tourists
  • To be distributed according to the Revenue - Act 88 Tax Policy as follows:
    - Subject to Board of Commissioners approval, sixty percent (60%) to outside agencies via an annual and multi-year grant process
    - By the Act 88 Advisory Committee, an amount not to exceed ten percent (10%) as discretionary matching and sponsorship funds
  • An amount not to exceed thirty percent (30%) shall be appropriated to the Office of Community and Economic Development for the purposes of administering Act 88 and activities related to the purposes of the act
  • The proposed millage would generate $1,022,276 in 2015
  • This assessment equates to $7 per $100,000 of taxable value

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

V. Report of the Administrator
1. 2014 2nd Quarter Budget Update
VI. Report of the Chair of Ways & Means
VII. Report of the Chair of the Board
VIII. Items for Current/Future Discussion
IX. Pending
X. Adjournment
Next Ways and Means Meeting
September 3, 2014
Board Room
220 N. Main St.,
Ann Arbor
6:30 p.m.

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