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.

Residential assessments fall again 03.03.10

Written by David Green.

Lenawee County residents will enjoy smaller tax bills this year, but local government units will suffer through the change with decreasing revenue for services.

Residential assessments began falling in many areas before last year, and the new tentative figures show only one increase among all 26 townships and cities. That one area—Seneca Township—will see a small jump of 0.02 percent.

County equalization director Marty Marshall reported an average decrease in taxable residential value of 8.0 percent across the county.

Generally, decreases are held in check by inflation as shown by the Consumer Price Index. Last year, for example, any property with a taxable value less than the state equalized value—50 percent of the true cash value—was increased by the inflation rate of 4.4 percent.

This year taxable assessments are falling 0.3 percent—the first downward turn since Proposal A came into effect in 1994.

Despite decreases in residential and commercial property, agricultural land values are doing well in most areas of the county. Seneca Township leads the way with an increase of 8.2 percent. Medina is next at 6.9 percent.

Property owners will have an opportunity to talk about assessments next week at board of review meetings. Seneca and Medina townships have scheduled reviews March 8 and 9. In Morenci, the review is set for March 11.

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