The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Board of Review scheduled in Morenci 2.25

Written by David Green.

Is it possible for a tax bill to go up when property values are heading downward?

Just wait until your property assessment statement arrives. You might see it happen.

Marty Marshall, director of Lenawee County Equilization Department, reminds property owners that taxes are based on the taxable value, a figure that related to the consumer price index (CPI)—the annual rate of inflation.

The CPI is calculated in Lansing based on a fiscal year that ends in September. In the next year, Marshall said, the inflation rate is expected to hit a record low, but that won’t help for current values.

The CPI takes into effect the high gasoline prices of the past year and the inflation rate came in at 4.4 percent.

Proposal A, approved by voters in 1994,  caps the rate of the taxable value increase to no more than five percent each year. This was done to provide a more predictable and stable increase to tax bills.

The taxable value will increase each year by the CPI until it reaches the State Equalized Value (SEV), which is 50 percent of the true cash value of a property.

Any property that had a taxable value less than the SEV in 2008 will be increased by 4.4 percent until it reaches the SEV.

That’s no comfort to the owners of property with a decreasing value, although property that’s declining in value should show a change in the SEV portion of assessment notices.

Morenci is one area of the county where the SEV now exceeds 50 percent which will result in in lowering the value. The multiplier listed for Morenci lowers SEV by -5.6 percent. In Seneca, the multiplier is -6.5 percent and in Medina Township it’s -3.7 percent (see chart below).

Notices should arrive in the mail soon to show changes in the SEV and the taxable assessments. Property owners will have the opportunity to challenge assessments at the annual board of review.

Morenci’s board will meet at city hall March 12. The tax roll will be open for public inspection March 3, 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on March 12.

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