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Man alleges violations, mistakes

March 16, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

LAKE LINDEN - A Schoolcraft Township resident has alleged Open Meetings Act violations and incomplete worksheet information regarding Board of Review meetings.

Samuel Buschell said he had called Michigan State Police troopers to the Schoolcraft Township Board of Review meeting Thursday after he said he was unable to look at worksheets.

The worksheets for properties contained the year 1900 for all properties, which Buschell said would throw off home values based on state tables for depreciation, and also did not include information such as the presence of basements.

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Samuel Buschell addresses members of the Schoolcraft Township Board of Review Thursday in Lake Linden.

"You can't have an accurate amount if the field sheets are wrong," Buschell said.

Buschell also said he would be forwarding to the Houghton County prosecutor's office information regarding several townships failing to meet standards for publishing a sufficient number of notices prior to their Board of Review meetings.

Steve Pummill, chair of the Board of Review, said whether the information will be filled in will be the assessor's responsibility.

"We operate with the information that we have in front of us and what the appellants bring to us, between what is in the book and what information they provide if they're appealing their case," he said.

Pummill said he couldn't speak to the appearance by police at the meeting.

"We had no issues," he said. "Everybody was well-behaved, so we had no reason to call the police."



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