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The Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) is an alliance of Michigan counties working to enhance county government through advocacy, shared services and education.

Founded on Feb. 1, 1898, MAC is the only statewide organization dedicated to the representation of all county commissioners in Michigan. MAC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances education, communication and cooperation among county government officials in Michigan. MAC is the counties’ voice at the state and federal level, providing legislative support on key issues affecting counties.



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NEW!: Attendee Registration NOW OPEN for 2016 Conference

Bacon Pic for PacketKeynote speakers for the 2016 MAC-MCMCFC Annual Conference will dive into two of Michigan's favorite forms of competition: politics and football.

Registration is now open for the event, which runs Sept. 16-18 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls.

Author John U. Bacon will discuss Jim Harbaugh, Michigan-Ohio State and all things Wolverine at the MAC President's Dinner on Saturday night.

Demas Pic for PacketThe lunch session on Saturday will feature a review of the presidential and congressional elections from Mike McKenna, a long-time Capitol Hill political analyst.

And Susan Demas, publisher of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter, will review the contests to fill the 110 seats in the Michigan House of Representatives.

All three sessions are part of your full conference registration.

Mike McKennaAs always, the conference also will include an array of policy workshops on key topics, an Exhibitor Show featuring firms that will help your county improve services and save money and plenty of chances to network with your fellow commissioners and other county officials.

Please remember that the run of days this year is new: Friday-Sunday.

Start your registration process by reviewing our Attendee Packet.

Info for exhibitors

To begin your registration process, open the Exhibitor Packet, which has all the details for the event.

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Bipartisan House vote advances ‘Dark Stores’ reform

A large, bipartisan House majority today approved House Bill 5578, which would reform Michigan’s property tax system to ensure fair and equitable treatment of property values.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dave Maturen (R-Kalamazoo County), cleared the House 97-11 after proponents detailed the need for reform in wake of recent Michigan Tax Tribunal decisions relying on the faulty “Dark Stores” valuation technique.

Read the full statement.

Court ruling validates arguments to end 'Dark Stores' property tax loophole, local governments say

LANSING ― A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling against a Big Box retailer in the Upper Peninsula validates the case against the "Dark Stores" property valuation method, and the need for an immediate legislative fix to the problem, representatives of local government associations said (May 27).

In Menard, Inc. v. City of Escanaba, a three-judge panel said the Michigan Tax Tribunal made an error of law in accepting a Dark Stores-style appeal by Menards and cutting the retailer's value by more than half from the original assessment.

The decision is a significant victory for local governments that have argued against the Dark Stores technique's artificial lowering of property values around the state. It also validates the reforms embodied in House Bill 5578, sponsored by Rep. Dave Maturen (R-Kalamazoo County), now before the Michigan House of Representatives.

"This is a huge step forward for fairness in tax law," said MAC Deputy Director Steve Currie. "The court made note that using just the sales approach is insufficient, that deed restrictions have to be considered in how a property is valued and that there is an 'anti-competitive' nature to deed restrictions being used in an inappropriate fashion."

See full statement.

Federal court permanently enjoins Secretary of State from enforcing gag order law

LANSING, MICH. — U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara has accepted an agreement between the Secretary of State's office and local governments and school groups, permanently enjoining Secretary of State Ruth Johnson from enforcing a law passed in December that prevented local officials from providing factual information on local ballot proposals.

O'Meara's order, entered today (April 28), references his previous temporary injunction against enforcement of the law, saying that the local governments had "demonstrated a strong likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that (the law) is unconstitutionally vague and thus void."

The gag order was part of a larger campaign finance bill that passed the Legislature with little debate in the final days of last year's legislative session and was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, becoming Public Act 269 of 2015.

"County commissioners and other local leaders will be pleased to know they can continue to inform their constituents about ballot issues in the same fashion that they have done for years," said Matthew Bierlein, a plaintiff in the lawsuit,a Tuscola County commissioner and second vice president of the MAC Board of Directors. "Now that this dispute is behind us, everyone can turn their attention back to cooperatively addressing Michigan's challenges."

See the full news release.

MI County Matters website, campaign launched to educate public, policy-makers on central role of county government

A new website and campaign to help inform the public and policy-makers about the central role county services play in daily life was unveiled April 20 before an audience of state and local leaders at the Michigan State Capitol.

MI County Matters pairs quick summaries of county responsibilities with large databases on county activities to give the public a complete picture of what county leaders do on their behalf, explained Timothy K. McGuire, executive director of the Michigan Association of Counties.

“MI County Matters was conceived as a response to an ongoing challenge for MAC and our members: How to quickly and clearly explain the importance of county government to Michigan residents’ daily lives,” McGuire said to open the briefing in the ornate Speaker’s Library at the Capitol.

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