first_imgPolice on Tuesday arrested a 30-year-old man when they found he was in the possession of drugs.Officers who searched the man’s house in Nicosia on Tuesday afternoon found 450 grammes of cannabis and 0.3 grammes of cocaine which they seized.The suspect is being detained pending further investigations.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgTHE East Med pipeline taking gas to Europe from reserves in Israel, Cyprus and south of Cyprus was a visible possibility, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  said in an interview published on Sunday.In an exclusive interview with Kathimerini newspaper, Netanyahu, said that if the pipeline became a reality, it would have tremendous prospects.President Nicos Anastasiades, Netanyahu, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who met on Thursday in Thessaloniki for their fourth trilateral Summit, said in a declaration issued afterwards they would speed up plans for the development of a pipeline channelling gas to Europe from newly discovered east Mediterranean reserves.European governments and Israel agreed in April to explore the possibility of a Mediterranean pipeline project to carry natural gas from Israel to Europe, setting a target date of 2025 for completion.The 2,000-km pipeline, known as the East Med Pipeline, would link gas fields in the Israel and Cyprus EEZ with Greece and possibly Italy, at an estimated cost of €6 billion.Netanyahu said that Israel had significant, proven gas reserves, and smaller ones also proven, but significant reserves were in Cyprus, and probably also off the coast of Crete. He said: “So, we are talking about large stocks that can reach the European market. If we join forces, it will cost the companies concerned a lot less to build a pipeline than to build one for each field. This obviously sounds reasonable.”Commenting on whether he was concerned about any tension in the region that might be caused by Turkey, when drilling begins in the Cyprus EEZ, Netanyahu said he always hoped “the issues will be resolved peacefully”.As to the settlement of the Cyprus problem, Netanyahu said that it’s been 44 years. “If they can start and finish it (settlement talks) in the next four months, we will be happy, believe me”.The Israeli Prime Minister believed there was enough gas to support multiple pipelines. Even though the East Med was considered impossible a year and a half ago, he said, the Greek-Italian company that did the initial survey re-estimated that it was feasible. It would do the exercise again and if the estimates were confirmed, work on building the pipeline would begin soon after.Israel and to a lesser extent Cyprus are thought to be sitting on vast quantities of natural gas deposits.Israel has discovered more than 900 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas offshore, with some studies pointing to another 2,200 bcm waiting to be tapped. Apart from the European market, Israel was exploring the possibilities of exporting its gas to Turkey, Egypt and Jordan.Cyprus’ Aphrodite gas field has proven deposits of 128 bcm and drilling in other plots is scheduled to begin next month, despite warnings by Turkey.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgTHE number of applications received for the Sir Stelios Hadji-Ioannou 2017 Bi-Communal Awards in Cyprus has hit a record high, it was announced on Wednesday.At the close of applications, 424 teams made up of 848 people who have applied with a partner from the other community — either Greek Cypriot or Turkish Cypriot — could win one of 75 prizes of €10,000 in cash from the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation ( is the ninth consecutive year that the awards are taking place in Cyprus.The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Nicosia at the Filoxenia conference centre  on Friday October 20, at 10am.All 848 applicants will be invited to participate at a special conference and discussion to explore solutions to the Cyprus problem. This year’s ceremony is designed to give some of the winners “air time” to express their views about the division of the island and how they could see a solution working between the two communities.Sir Stelios will extend invitations to all political leaders and dignitaries from both communities to attend as a matter of courtesy, but the main speakers at the conference will be the winners of the awards.“It is now clear to me that the attitude of all Cypriots on the island towards the other community is changing in a positive and favourable direction,” Sir Stelios said. “This positive change comes despite the recent breakdown of the talks at Crans Montana in Switzerland. Our objective as a charity remains for the last nine years to continue to encourage positive co-operation between the ‘real people’ of the two communities in  Cyprus in order to ensure lasting peace on the island. I hope the politicians will follow the attitude of the ‘real people’ in due course…”You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoHearClearRowland Heights Seniors With Hearing Loss Are In For a Big SurpriseHearClearUndoGundry MD Vital Reds SupplementCan’t Release? Top Surgeon: How To Properly Restore Your MetabolismGundry MD Vital Reds SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgLast month was the best October ever in terms of tourist arrivals which rose 14 per cent compared to the same month of 2016 to 406,870, the statistical service said.In January to October, the number of incoming visitors rose 15 per cent compared to the same period last year to 3,408,473. This exceeds total arrivals for the whole of 2016 by 221,942, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Friday.Arrivals from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’s main source of incoming tourism, rose 0.5 per cent to 134,575 last month compared to October 2016, while those from Russia, the second largest market, rose 7.1 per cent to 87,325, Cystat said. The number of tourists from Germany, Israel and Sweden rose 73 per cent to 31,392, 55 per cent to 24,599 and 35.8 per cent to 19,049 respectively. Arrivals from Greece rose 10 per cent to 16,790.In a separate statement, Cystat said that the number of Cypriots who travelled abroad last month rose an annual 7.5 per cent to 118,370.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgThe Turkish navy ship Barbaros has anchored in Famagusta port, media in the north reported on Tuesday.Turkish Cypriot daily Haberal Kibrisli said the Barbaros anchored on Monday in the port of Famagusta.According to a statement issued by the Turkish Cypriot ‘security forces’ the frigate would open on Tuesday until December 1 for public visits.The public, the statement said, may visit the boat from 10am to 4pm daily.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsResearch About Hepatitis C – The Early Signs Of Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades will receive the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative and Deputy Special Adviser on Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar at the Presidential Palace at 10.30 on Friday ahead of his informal dinner with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci next week.Spehar will host the dinner for Anastasiades and Akinci on Monday at her residence in the UN-controlled buffer zone, in Nicosia. This will be the first time the two will meet since the Crans-Montana Conference on Cyprus last summer, which ended inconclusively.She also had a meeting with Akinci on Tuesday.In a statement, Unficyp spokesman Aleem Siddique said that “the Deputy Special Advisor looks forward to hosting the leaders for their informal meeting on the 16th of April and she will continue her contacts with both sides in preparation of this meeting.”You May LikeElectric Mosquito TrapIs This the Solution To United States’s Mosquitos We’ve All Been Looking For?Electric Mosquito TrapUndoPostFunMan Remodels Cabin With $100, Wait Till You See InsidePostFunUndoHealth & Human ResearchWhat Happens When You Eat One Avocado A DayHealth & Human ResearchUndo Urgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgNicosia municipality rejected suggestions on Tuesday that tactile paving — usually used to guide people with impaired vision — on a stretch of the Eleftheria Square had been installed improperly with lampposts obstructing the path.The municipality, which has been under constant fire over delays in completing the square, was forced to issue a statement after fresh criticism over the installation of tactile paving on Costakis Pantelides Street, which links the square with the bus terminal.Photos on social media showed a stretch paved with tactile tiles, used to guide visually impaired people, with lampposts fitted at regular intervals along the route.In a post on its Facebook page, the local authority said the tiles had been properly installed.“Tactile marking on Costakis Pantelides Street on the same line with benches and lampposts is not a path for visually impaired people,” the municipality said.It said that the road is shared space between pedestrians and vehicles constructed on the same level.The tactile paving had been installed to alert people with disabilities that they were entering a stretch used by motorists, the municipality said, providing a photo from London where the same concept had been used.Even so, some observers pointed out that the tiles used on the square – mostly raised, flat-topped bars – were normally used as guidance tactile whereas blister tactile was used on even surfaces to warn visually impaired people that they were at the end of the footway and there was a carriageway ahead.South Kensington, London You May LikeIQgal7 Early Warning Signs of Cancer Women Shouldn’t IgnoreIQgalUndoForReasonAccessories To Liven Up Your Summer OutfitsForReasonUndoLowerMyBillsPay Off Your House At A Furious Pace If You Owe Less Than $625kLowerMyBillsUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgOver 800,000 vehicles were registered in the Republic at the end of 2016, according to the auditor-general.During 2016, 34,563 vehicles were registered in the Republic, up 30.5 per cent on 2015 – 26,495, the report on the road transport department said.Government revenue from registrations was €5.44m, a 28 per cent rise year-on-year. The report said 821,621 vehicles were registered at the end of 2016 compared with 797,263 the previous year.According to the road transport department, 775,838 road permits had been issued, fetching €98.7m. At the same time, the owners of 133,594 vehicles had not paid their road tax. The figure includes 74,696 vehicles listed as being immobilized.The department also struck off the registry 12,648 vehicles that did not have their road tax paid for three consecutive years.You May LikeHealth & Human ResearchTop 11 Foods That do NOT Affect the Blood SugarHealth & Human ResearchUndoDiarionuevo8 Amazing uses of aluminum foilDiarionuevoUndoClearViewEvery Driver Should Have These Cheap Night Driving Glasses. They Are Genius!ClearViewUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgAgriculture Minister, Costas Kadis, has given reassurances that all government bodies are doing their utmost to protect halloumi cheese production under an EU protected designation of origin (PDO) status.In his address at the first ‘Halloumi and Trachanas festival’ that took place at the village of Meniko on Saturday, Kadis said that halloumi is known worldwide  and constitutes throughout the years an exclusively traditional product of Cyprus which has contributed significantly to the country’s economy.According to data of the statistical service, he said, halloumi exports in 2017 amount to over €155m, while it is following an upward trend.He said that the effort made by his ministry and other competent bodies to register halloumi as a PDO in the European registry aims to protect the identity of this Cypriot product.At the same time, Kadis said that the process has been particularly “difficult and tough.”“I would like to assure you that the competent government agencies are doing their utmost to register halloumi as a PDO, which is the most effective procedure of protecting it,” he said.You May LikeWomenReality5 Facts Most Boyfriends Hide from Their GirlfriendsWomenRealityUndoflights50offThe Tool to Find 50% Off Flights is Finally Here!flights50offUndoTieBreakerBrain over Brawn: The Smartest Athletes in SportsTieBreakerUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgAround 1000 bank employees have opted to take the voluntary retirement scheme offered by the Cyprus Cooperative Bank, according to trade union estimates, as the deadline ends today at 3pm.The scheme, unveiled earlier in August, aimed at reducing staff by 900 as parts of co-op were being absorbed by Hellenic Bank.It provides for tax-free compensation of up to €180,000 depending on years of service. The total cost is expected to reach €128m.PEO union rep Savvas Touloupos told the Cyprus News agency that the target of 900 peoplehad already been exceeded last week. The number of those opting to leave the bank is now estimated at around 1000, he added.He said moreover that trade unions PEO, SEK and Pasydy now focus on the smooth continuation of the process, concerning employees that will continue working either for the lender or Hellenic.Touloupos said the bank has the final word as regards the number of employees to benefit from the voluntary retirement scheme.  You May LikePhoto StickHow To Backup All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhoto StickUndoSchlagwerk | Kelley DistributionSchlagwerk 60C80 Log DrumSchlagwerk | Kelley DistributionUndoMarlins PlaceUse your imagination and decorate this classic wooden block set for the mom-to-be and the kids!Marlins PlaceUndo Urgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgThe health ministry on Tuesday announced the decision to hire of a number of doctors of various specialties to help alleviate the serious understaffing problems at the Paphos and Polis hospitals.The announcement came a day after Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis visited the two state hospitals, where he discussed with management and medical staff the operational problems they face.In relation to the operational problems encountered by the two hospitals and following what had been discussed during Pamboridis’ visit, a number of decisions were taken, “which will be in immediate effect”, the ministry said.The decisions include hiring a general practitioner (GP) at the Paphos hospital who will also be assigned duties at the Polis hospital. The hospital will also see its medical staff increased by one cardiologist.The inpatient ward of the Polis hospital, which was closed down due to medical staff shortage, is placed under the supervision of the head of the Paphos hospital’s general practice clinic.The ministry also said it will buy the services of ambulance drivers “so that all shifts are fully covered, aiming at the maximum use of the four ambulances at the Polis hospital”.It added that it is also buying laboratory and radiology services to cover the needs of the Polis hospital during the hours when the hospital’s lab radiology department does not operate. The aim is the 24-hour support of the hospital’s A&E department and inpatient ward.As for the Paphos hospital, a physician will be appointed to help meet the increased workload at the A&E department. An endocrinologist will also be hired, the ministry said, to “partially cover the needs of the Paphos General Hospital”.“These decisions, which will be in effect immediately, are not the final solutions for the Paphos and Polis Chrysochous hospitals, but first necessary steps to address problems… at this stage,” the ministry said. It added that it continues to study all the issues related to the operation of the two hospitals to find long term solutions.Both the Paphos and Polis hospitals have been plagued with problems, and the health ministry has been pressured to find solutions, mainly to the understaffing.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameMen over 40 Would Consider This Game a Must-TryPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoNinjaJournalistRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowNinjaJournalistUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgPRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades is to meet with the medical association (CyMA) next week as private rheumatologists and intensivists, following six other medical specialities, said on Thursday they would too not back the National Health scheme (Gesy).With the starting date for submission for applications by private doctors who would like to register as GPs in Gesy fast approaching, another two medical societies announced they would not back the scheme and called on their members not to join.The board of the intensive care medical society called on its members not to join Gesy citing an insufficient budget for the scheme to run properly, they say. The Rheumatological Society of Cyprus also announced that it could not recommend that its members join Gesy, saying that none of its serious concerns had been answered or satisfied and that the proposed mode of operation was not viable.The HIO announced this week that, as of January 21, it would be accepting applications by private doctors who would like to register as GPs in Gesy. The first phase of Gesy, which is the introduction of outpatient care, is to start in June.The head of CyMA, Petros Agathangelou, said on Thursday that they have accepted an invitation to meet Anastasiades next week, most probably on Monday, to present to him their positions. The medical association that represents private doctors has yet to give the government a definite answer as to whether it would back Gesy.Speaking to Sigma TV, Agathangelou, called on the Health Insurance Organisation to finally present the final contracts to private doctors interested in joining Gesy “so that the medical world can freely decide whether the system ensures quality and safety, but also the dignity of doctors who will be called to carry the weight of the system.”Agathangelou dismissed claims that CyMA was behind the announcements of medical societies that they would not back Gesy as “slander”.“Every interested party, has the right, in a public dialogue, to freely express their opinion,” Agathangelou said.He reiterated that CyMA was focused on seeing the introduction of a quality health scheme which also ensures the dignity of doctors.CyMA, he said, would not agree to any commitments unless everything was agreed, including issues concerning inpatient care.The opt-out announcements by rheumatologists and intensivists follow those of urologists, nuclear medicine physicians, ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors, endocrinologists, paediatricians and gastroenterologists. Cardiologists, despite not being fully on board, said its members would each decide for themselves individually.Despite the increasing announcements by medical societies, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou, gave reassurances on Wednesday that enough private doctors would join Gesy for it to operate successfully.The minister put these developments down to misinformation within the medical world. For that reason, he said, HIO is to launch within the coming days another effort to inform private doctors.Agathangelou however, dismissed the idea that the medical world had been misinformed, arguing that several medical societies had already been briefed by the HIO while others were waiting to be informed.On a related note, state nurses’ union, Pasyno, said on Thursday that they did not find satisfactory the contracts given to them by the Organisation of State Health Services (Okyy). The organisation, as of the beginning of the year has assumed the financial and administrative supervision of state hospitals.Last week, all medical and paramedical professionals working in state hospitals were seconded to Okyy. As part of the transition, all health professionals will be given employment contracts on Okyy terms.  If they do not wish to change their present employment status, they can ask to be seconded to Okyy as civil servants.Pasyno said that basic issues were not mentioned in the contracts given to nurses concerning salaries, promotions, and allowances and there is no incentive for nurses to join under the new regime.The nurses’ announcement follows the call by state doctors’ union Pasyki to its 500 or so members – both doctors permanently appointed and those on contracts – not to sign.Ioannou said that even if many health professionals don’t sign the Okyy contracts and choose to keep their civil service status, it did not affect plans concerning the introduction of Gesy and hospital autonomy.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? 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first_imgCyprus had the second-highest private debt to GDP ratio among European Union countries in 2013, according to the latest data released by Eurostat.Private sector debt, consolidated (including non-financial corporations, households, non-profit institutions serving households) reached 344.8 per cent of GDP, or €62,482 billion.By comparison the private debt to GDP ratio stood at 331.4 per cent in 2012 and 330.7 per cent in 2011.Luxembourg held the highest private sector debt ratio at 356.2 per cent of GDP, or €161 billion. In third place after Cyprus was Ireland with 266.3 per cent private debt to GDP.According to the same data, the balance sheets of Cypriot banks shrunk by 19.5 per cent in 2013 compared to the previous year.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News State Rep. Holly Hughes today voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan vehicle buyers, joining her House colleagues in overriding a gubernatorial veto.The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039. With today’s vote, the reductions will be fully implemented a decade earlier.“This legislation is in the best interests of the people of Michigan,” said Hughes, of Montague, after the House joined the Senate in overriding a veto of legislation from Gov. Rick Snyder. “It’s good for our economy. It’s good for our auto industry. And it’s good for our hard-working families.”The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July.The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in. 17Jan Rep. Hughes votes to bring faster sales tax relief to Michigan car buyerscenter_img ####last_img read more

first_img The state Legislature this week fulfilled one of Rep. Lee Chatfield’s top priorities, approving bills to lower income taxes for Michigan families.The bills headed to the governor preserve and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, saving families hundreds of dollars overall.“This session of the House of Representatives began in January 2017, and from the very first day I’ve been leading the fight to lower income taxes,” said Chatfield, of Levering. “I’m proud to say we have approved legislation that will allow Michigan seniors and families to keep more of their own hard-earned money. This is a victory for retirees and every hard-working person in the state – our teachers, first responders and everyone else who heads to work every day to build a better life for their loved ones. They’re all going to save money.”The legislation approved this week ensures Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes, a necessary step after federal tax reforms signed into law in December. In addition, the bills increase the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,900 by the 2021 tax year.That translates to significant savings. The technical fix related to the federal reforms saves $170 per person per year — or $680 for a family of four – on state income taxes. The plan to raise the personal exemption to $4,900 provides $102 in additional relief for a family of four.While Chatfield wholly supported the bills approved this week, his preference continues to be a rollback of the Michigan income tax rate such as he proposed with the very first bill introduced in the state House in 2017.“There’s more than one way to lower taxes, and I am pleased we have found a broad and bipartisan consensus this week that saves money for all Michigan residents,” Chatfield said.###The legislation: Senate Bills 748 and 750. Categories: Chatfield News,News 17Feb Chatfield: Tax cuts approved by Legislature are a ‘victory’ for Michigan familieslast_img read more

first_img Categories: Reilly News 20Feb Reps. Reilly and Webber to present joint legislative update State Reps. John Reilly and Michael Webber will present a joint legislative update to local residents on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Oakland Township Hall located at 4393 Collins Road in Rochester. The presentation will take place during the Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting that evening.Information on legislation regarding auto insurance, tax reform and local issues will be among the key issues discussed.“I’m looking forward to giving residents an update on what we’ve been working on in Lansing,” Rep. Reilly said. “I encourage anyone in Oakland Township to join us and participate in this unique and informative event.”“Attending local events is a great way to connect with people one-on-one. Webber said: I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing ways we can improve our communities.”For additional information, contact Rep. Reilly at 517-373-1798 or via email at Rep. Webber’s office may be reached at 517-373-1773 or read more

first_img01Mar Rep. Frederick bill further streamlines property rehabilitation efforts The Michigan House on Wednesday advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, which allows more flexibility for assessed property value during commercial redevelopment periods.The Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Exemption was enacted in 2000 with the goal of providing local governments with an economic development tool to incentivize redevelopment of blighted and distressed properties. An OPRA certificate can be requested through local government by property owners or developers that freezes the assessed value of the property for up to 12 years while revitalization work occurs.If a property value decreases or was assessed inaccurately, however, the property owner or developer would remain locked into a higher tax rate. Frederick’s proposal allows the OPRA certificate to be removed, if requested and approved by the local government.“This is a program that has been pivotal in helping bring back areas of Shiawassee and Saginaw Counties,” said Frederick, who serves on the committee. “We need to continue to encourage long-term revitalization projects here in our state and such projects should accurately reflect changing property values and assessments. This is a flexible, common-sense solution that local governments can review case-by-case to determine if a certificate removal is warranted.”House Bill 5436 moves to the Senate for further consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Ben Frederick (left) provides testimony for House Bill 5436 before the House Commerce and Trade Committee on Feb. 13. Frederick was joined by state Rep. Eric Leutheuser, who is sponsoring similar legislation addressing commercial rehabilitation. Categories: Frederick News,Newslast_img read more