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Dear BB Dems Members:
In light of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) being announced in Oakland County, we've decided to cancel our March meeting. Our April meeting is still currently scheduled, but that may change as well if necessary.
Please take every reasonable precaution possible to help slow/mitigate the spread of this infection. Here are some useful resources to find out more:
Please join the BB Dems on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at our new primary meeting location, the Bloomfield Township Hall, located at 4200 Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township as we hold our annual Executive Board election.
Note that while the January meeting will be held on a Thursday, after that our normal monthly meetings will move to the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Township hall, although this may vary for specific meetings.
The current BB Dems Executive Board members are:
- Chair: Charles Gaba
- Vice-Chair: Christine Jensen
- Treasurer: Gail Whitty
- Recording Secretary: Martin Brook
- Corresponding Secretary: Nicole Bedi
- Trustee: Corinne Shoop
- Trustee: Lori Goldman
As of this writing, Gaba, Whitty and Bedi are all running for another 1-year term, and Corinne Shoop is running to replace Jensen as Vice-Chair.
Christine Jensen is stepping down as Vice-Chair, as her duties as Executive Director of the MDP & 1st Vice-Chair of the OCDP are expected to occupy too much of her time in 2020. Martin Brook is stepping down as Recording Secretary in order to focus on his campaign for Bloomfield Township Clerk. Lori Goldman is stepping down as Trustee to focus on her work with Fems for Dems and other activist groups.
Corinne Shoop is running to replace Christine as Vice-Chair, and two other BB Dems members have expressed interest in running for the newly-opened Trustee positions.
If you're interested in being elected to the board as either an executive member or a trustee, please make sure to use the contact form to let me know of your interest no later than January 15th, 2020.
In order to serve on the board, aside from the responsibilities of the executive members, you have to be willing to attend at least 3 meetings per year, will be responsible for planning/implementing one meeting per year and obviously helping out with campaigns.
In order to vote on the executive board positions, you do have to have paid your 2020 BB Dems dues before or at the meeting.
Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you on January 16th!
Celebrate the season with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club. Mingle with club members and local elected officials as we celebrate our accomplishments in 2019 and look forward to 2020!
All of our local elected officials have been invited. Confirmed to be in attendance will be Congressman Andy Levin, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (attendance subject to change pending Impeachment proceedings), State Representative Mari Manoogian, State Senator Rosemary Bayer and more.
The following information about the August Special Assessment District (SAD) proposal is taken directly from the Bloomfield Township website:
On August 6, 2019 Bloomfield Township residents will be asked to vote on a proposed 2.3-mill tax intended to fund a special assessment district (SAD) dedicated to funding Police and Fire. If the SAD is approved the Township’s general millage of 1.25 will be allowed to expire, resulting in a net 1.05-mill increase. The Township is facing a major budget shortfall over funding of the Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB), specifically health care costs for retirees, and the Defined Benefit Pension Plan. This page is designed to keep everyone up-to-date on all discussion, documents and developments.
Here's the actual wording of the proposal which will appear on the August ballot:
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR POLICE/FIRE DEPARTMENTS
Should the Charter Township of Bloomfield raise money to equip, maintain, and operate the Township Police/Fire Departments by annual special assessment levies of up to 2.30 mills ($2.30 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) on all real property in the Township that is not exempt from property taxes, for a period of 15 years, with the levies to be from 2019 to 2033 to provide funding for the 2019/2020 to the 2033/2034 fiscal years. If approved and fully levied in December 2019, the revenue from this special assessment collected in the first year would be $9,041,317.00. In the event this ballot proposal is approved by the voters, the existing voted general millage due to expire in 2019 will not be renewed by the Township.
The Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club has taken no position one way or the other on the SAD proposal.