Norway seniors deserve funds


This message is to all citizens in Dickinson County regarding the approximately $356,844 that will be collected by the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners from the senior citizens millages. At the Nov. 28 county board meeting, we heard Dickinson County Controller Brian Bousley tell the board and the public that the Dickinson County budget for 2017 was ready. At this meeting, we also heard Commissioner John Degenaer Jr. tell the public a meeting was set for Friday, Dec. 2, with the Norway seniors so they could be heard regarding the dollars they needed to operate their center and kitchen to feed their seniors.

For you who do not get the Iron Mountain Daily News, there was a notice on Friday, Dec. 2, stating “PUBLIC HEARING” on the 2017 Dickinson County budget, telling us this hearing will be 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in the circuit courtroom of the Dickinson County Courthouse.

The purpose of the hearing is to provide a forum  for citizen comments on the county’s proposed 2017 General Appropriations Act Budget, which will be enacted at a regular board meeting after the public hearing. Copies of the proposed budget are available for review at the office of the county controller, 705 S. Stephenson Ave., Iron Mountain, MI 49801, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

I now refer you to the “special meeting” Dec. 2,  when the Norway seniors were to get their dollars after their voices were heard. With all of the above in mind, go to the controller, request a copy of Fund 275 Senior Citizens Tax Fund (two pages). This is the BOMB that these commissioners and others were going to drop on the Norway seniors and all other seniors in Dickinson County on Monday, Dec. 12. State Rep. Ed McBroom and UPCAP CEO Jonathon Mead have gotten involved. Please contact them and your commissioners to stop this.

On behalf of the Norway seniors and all seniors and all citizens of Dickinson County, get involved now and stop this run-away of abuse to seniors and mismanagement of our tax dollars. Do not let them drop this bomb.