Paul Jorgensen


September 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

Charities to suffer Dear Editor, This year, 2011, is the LAST year that Charitable Contributions will be deductible on the Michigan state income tax form. Not surprisingly, I have seen nothing about this on our local TV news reports, nor have I seen anything about it in the Grand Rapids Press. There was an article about this in the Grand Rapids Business Journal a few weeks ago. I asked Rep. MacGregor how he voted on this. Here is his reply, quoted from his e-mail response to me: “Unfortunately, the state budget director determined that the state could not afford some of these deductions and chose to eliminate them in the same bill as the MBT (Michigan Business Tax) elimination bill. In voting to eliminate the MBT, unfortunately, these deductions were eliminated as well in an effort to help balance our budget deficit.” So there you have it—we are helping to balance the state budget by working against charitable contributions. I wonder what the long-term effect will be. Paul Jorgensen Lake Bella Vista resident ‘Per capital’ the wrong way to evaluate Dear Editor, The Grand Rapids Press article dated July 28, 2011, “What are they worth” focused on the township supervisor pay treatment based on dollars per capita and statutory responsibilities. Unfortunately, the analysis was based on only half the facts for the following reasons: 1. In many townships, supervisors can be responsible for both statutory duties and non-statutory (permissive) duties. These non-statutory responsibilities include health, safety and welfare services such as fire, rescue, first responder, community sewer system, community water systems and much more. 2. The worth of a township supervisor can not be based on dollars per capita only since each township has a distinct profile based on population size, the size of the commercial development, the size of the industrial development and the number and kind of non-statutory health, welfare and safety services provided. While their study report identified some over- and under-paid salaries, it also did a disservice to elected officials responsible for both statutory and non-statutory services by basing their worth on dollars per capita and statutory duties while virtually disregarding non-statutory duties and individual complexities. Respectfully, William Tetro EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Tetro also included some information from the Grand Rapids Press […]