Monthly Archives: March 2016

Update – Deadline to Call Senators to Vote “No” for Snyder Appointee

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 9.21.26 AM The Senate Tax Committee has a 60-session day time period to disapprove of Marcus Abood’s appointment to the MI Tax Tribunal. On February 26, 2016, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Marcus Abood, of Lansing, to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.  Abood would serve the remainder of a four-year term commencing Feb. 29, 2016 and expiring June 30, 2019. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Abood previously served on the Michigan Tax Tribunal.  The Tax Tribunal has ruled for big box stores and against local governments when these stores use the ‘dark store’ argument to get their property taxes substantially reduced. Marcus Abood served as a Tax Tribunal Judge previously and wrote the decision Menards v Escanaba that found in favor of Menards. Appointing Abood to a new position on the tribunal, the Governor is showing how completely out of touch he is with local government needs.  Abood will serve the remainder of a four-year term commencing Feb. 29, 2016 and expiring June 30, 2019. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Rather than the Senate approving an appointment by positive action, the constitutional provision requires the Senate to disapprove an appointment within 60 session days after submission for consideration. In other words, no action by the Senate constitutes a confirmation of an appointment after 60 session days. The count of 60 session days commences when the secretary of the Senate receives written notification of an appointment from the governor’s office.

Please contact these Senators and ask that they disapprove of the Abood appointment ASAP.

Arlan Meekhof…… Senate Majority Leader
office – 517-373-6920       SenAMeekhof@senate.michigan.gov
Jack Brandenburg (chair)
office-517-373-7670         SenJBrandenburg@senate.michigan.gov
David Robertson (vice chair)
office-517-373-1636
Tom Casperson
office-517-373-7840     Sentcasperson@senate.michigan.gov
John Proos
office-517-373-6960       SenJProos@senate.michigan.gov
Marty Knollenberg
office-517-3732523
Steven Bieda
office-517-373-8360      Sensbieda@senate.michigan.gov
Rebekah Warren
office-517-373-2406     Senrwarren@senate.michigan.gov

Call for “No” Vote on Gov Snyder’s Tax Tribunal Appointee

Governor Snyder has aScreen Shot 2015-06-19 at 9.21.26 AMppointed Marcus Abood to MI Tax Tribunal. The Marquette County Board of Commissioners is against this appointment as stated in a letter they issued at their last meeting which was reported in the Mining Journal: “the commissioners are asking for the appointment of Abood to be withdrawn, urging Snyder to fill the position with a qualified assessor who demonstrates ‘an understanding of both residential and commercial assessing.’ “
The commissioners further stated: “Mr. Abood is notable for his rejection of traditional methods of assessment, either because he does not understand assessing or because of his bias. The appointment appears to reject the concerns of local government that the Tribunal has become biased and that Tribunal decisions are far outside the range of reasonable decisions and valuations found anywhere in the United States.”
Who is Marcus Abood? Representative Scott Dianda, issued a press release noting that “Marcus Abood served as a Tax Tribunal Judge previously and wrote the decision Menards v Escanaba that found in favor of Menards. By appointing him to a new position on the tribunal, the governor is showing how completely out of touch he is with local government needs, because our communities will continue to come up short in these fights and there will be less money to cover services that residents, and these stores, rely on.”
Below is the list of Tax Committee members that should be contacted to lobby a “no” vote on the confirmation of Marcus Abood to the MI Tax Tribunal.

Arlan Meekhof…… Senate Majority Leader
office – 517-373-6920

Jack Brandenburg (chair)
office-517-373-7670

David Robertson (vice chair)
office-517-373-1636

Tom Casperson
office-517-373-7840

John Proos
office-517-373-6960

Marty Knollenberg
office-517-3732523

Steven Bieda
office-517-373-8360

Rebekah Warren
office-517-373-2406

 Thank you….