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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 The Montmorency County Tribune 5 by Yvonne Swager Kevin Keller, county Staff reporter equalization director, spoke at the regular Briley Township meeting, May 20, about his pursuit to re- cover money for the county from a gas and oil company that has not been prop- erly reporting personal property tax in- formation. While some companies are estimating the value of their weUs at $1 million each, one particular company has repeatedly reported its wells are valued at about $800 each. The $61,000 that was recently re- ported by the company for multiple wells should have been more like $8.9 million, Keller said. After a bulletin on valuing oil and gas assets was approved last year, the state tax commission agreed to forgive past report- ing errors if companies in the industry reported correctly going forward. That company, according to Keller, has not been complying. Keller saidhe has filed documents re- garding the company's negligence with the state, and the companyhas been given the oppommity to say if they agree or disagree with Keller's findings. "In this case, because they vehemently and almost violently said they do not con- cur, it's now in the hands of the state at this point," Keller said. The company has 119 wells in the town- ship, and the matter regarding the com- pany came to light when personal prop- erty tax evaluations came in drastically different between the township's evalua- tion and where Keller estimated values should be. As an example of all the elements a com- pany has to report, he said the cement used to hold well pipes in place, which is a considerable cost, is something that has gone uqr. eported by many companies. He was asked if he would be responsible for correcting what appear to be errors in assessments for all the oil and gas compa- riles operating within the county. "If tire assessor does not take it upon themselves to assign a reasonable value according to the bulletin, then it falls on the equalization director to do it," Keller explained. There was no consistency in assess- ments for the county, Keller said, when he took over in equalization about five years ago. He has been on a mission to see every company is reporting as it should be, and Canada Creek Ranch he said he's won 100 percent of the ap- peals by companies to the tax commis- sion. "I do my research," Keller as ared. In other township business: Dan Albrecht, former operations man- ager for Tri-Township Ambulance Ser- vice, has formally resigned after being found guilty of operating an ambulance while intoxicated with a passenger of less than 16 years of age. ]ody VonOppen has been hired as the new operations man- ager. Representatives for the local Lions' or- ganization asked the board to reconsider the new fees for renting the park pavilion and kitchen to better accommodate non- profit groups, but Mike Wurtsmith, town- ship superwsor, said the township is pro- hibited from discriminating based on the type of group. A motion passed in favor of consulting the law firm of Running, Wise and Ford for township legal matters. The board voted in favor of hiring Jim Young to develop and maintain the township's website. The board agreed to pay $210 for a new" computer network switch that acts as a hub. Discussion took place regarding whether paid committee members should continue to receive pay for attend- ing committees if they have not com- pleted applications that require back, ground checks. Wurtsmith said he would like to give those not complying another opportunity to do so. John Zollars, trustee, said the gate ac- cessing the township's recreation prop- erty, which is located on private property, should be moved to where the township's property begins. The board approved sending the trea- surer to Pontem training at the cost of $150. A motion passed in favor of purchasing a track cell phone for the water/mainte- nance department at the cost of about $30. Mary Jo Whitmire and Kevin Catigon have been appointed to the airport board. Blight issues regarding an abandoned property that might be a public hazard were discussed. The board voted in favor of seeking legal counsel in order to deter mine the township's liability in the mat- ter. DEAD BATTERIES CAN'T SAVE LIVES Change the batteries in your smoke detector at least once a year. United Steres Fire AdminislTO~On Fedel~l [rnergen~ M0n0gernenl Agency http://www.usfa.fema.gov Badmra Ann Stole The weather for the CorrespondentMemorialDayweek- end was very nice. The week before we experienced rains, which made the grass, mushrooms and flowers grow. Everything looks so green and clean. Now time to get the lawn mower out. Golfers, this Sunday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m. is the Fire/EMS Charity Golf Scramble at Elk Ridge Golf Course. If interested in this fundraising event, you can register on- line at www.fireemsgolf.com, or pick up a form at Know Good Pub and Grub in At- lanta or at Olds EI-Bo Inn. Proceeds go t6 help victims of house fires, families in times of hardship and individuals with personal tragedies. Cost is $75 per person, which includes lunch, 50/50's, raffles, contests, a pig roast and awards recep- tion. Shoot for a $10,000 Hole In One. CCR ladies, the next Ladies Auxiliary nfeetingis Wednesday, June 5. Coffee at 10 a.m. and business meeting at 10:30 a.m. We meet in the lower level of the ranch house. Feline Laci Stafiej and canine Billie Bob Marcrum remind us that the Elk Country Animal Shelter metal collection day is in two weeks, Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. They are accepting such things as cast iron, copper, brass, aluminum, pots and pans, any type of electrical cord in- cluding Christmas tree lights. Bring your metalitems to the shelter located on M-32 Move over girls, your baby brother is here! Luca Lawrence Colombo arrive on February 14, 2013, weighing in at 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and measuring 21 1/z inches long. He's blessed with two beautiful sisters, Natalie Grace and Juliette Elise. Proud parents are Danielle and Anthony Colombo. They chose the middle name, Lawrence, in honor of both of their fathers. Maternal grandparents are Marilyn Coale of Corona, MI, and the late Larry Coale. Paternal grandpareh-ts are Claudette and Lawrence TORT. COUNTRY11 I1g: TINTAGE CYCLES / I V www.n.cydes. om /I Buylng ~ Selling- Restoring II ,989-350-0068 ] [ ~ ~ Specializing !n pre-1990 [ | road-ready me c I Colombo of Atlanta, MI. Questions, Anyone? For answers about federal government programs, bene- fits, and services call toll-free: 1-800-FED-INFO (that's 1-800-333-4636) Mon-Fri 8am-8pm ET Or visit: www. pueblo.gsa.govlcall U.S. General Services Administration AIRLINE CAREERS BEGIN HERE Become an Aviation Maintenance Tech. FAA approved training. Financial aid if qualified - Housing available. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation institute of Maintenance 877-891-2281 Reaching out to the needy and hurting is a good way to love your neighbor as yourself. We need your support in this endeavor. "The Caring Place" Atlanta Church of Christ 11651 M-33 Atlanta, MI 49709 785-4561 * Thank You for Your Tax Deductable Support West next to the Sheriffs Department. For questions call Carol Young at 785- 3777. The newly revised CCR Telephone List with quick reference business list is now available at the front desk. There were many changes due to cell phones replac- ing land-line phones. Astronaut John Glenn said "As I hurtled through space, one thought kept cross- ing my mind -every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder." On May 29, 1917 John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline MA. Kennedywas the thirty-.fifth President of the US. He was assassinated in Dallas TX on Nov. 22, 1963. He was the youngest man ever elected as president, the first Roman Catholic, and first president to " have served in the US Navy. Also, he was the fourth US president assassinated and the second to be buried at Arlington Na- tional Cemetery (the first was William Howard Taft). We wish a happy birthday Harry Andreasen, June 1; Gordoti Breeding, June 5; Rob ]uergens, June 2; (]wen Shiree and Doug Davidge, May 31; and Dorothy Ziots, May 30. If you have any news for this article, please contact me by Wednesday evening at basteeleccr@hughes.net, 989- 785-4865 or 8424 Brown Trail, Atlanta MI 49709. Atthe