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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Property values fall again 2012.03.07

Written by David Green.

Tax bills will vary, of course, but overall home values are dropping again this year in Lenawee County.

The declines aren’t as great as a year ago in most areas, but residential properties prices still haven’t recovered from the recession.

That doesn’t mean that some assessments may continue to rise, warns the county equalization department. Assessments in Michigan can still go up as much as the 2.7 percent inflation rate on property where a gap continues between the assessed value and the taxable value.

A year ago residential property values in Morenci declined by an average of 8.7 percent. Figures released this year by the equalization department shows a decrease of 2.9 percent.

The Medina Township drop of 6.5 percent a year ago came to a halt this year with no change listed. In Seneca Township, values went up by 2.0 percent a year ago, but dropped by the same amount this year.

Residential property took a drop in most locations, however, Palmyra and Woodstock townships both saw growth. The biggest decreases occurred in Blissfield Township (8.3) and Riga Township (7.7).

Overall, residential assessments fell by about 4.0 percent, the same figure for commercial property. Industrial property fell by 6.5 percent.

Farm land values continue to grow, showing an average increase of 2.0 percent. The biggest growth came in Fairfield Township at 11.1 percent, followed by Blissfield and Riga townships at 6.4.

Seneca Township values went up by 4.2 percent while Medina land stayed steady for the second year in a row. Seneca showed a 2.2 percent increase a year ago.

Falling assessments might sound like good news to taxpayers, but it could come back to bite them through a reduction in services. Less tax revenue to local government units can translate into less money for roads, law enforcement and other services.

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