Lots of people will be marching in or watching Memorial Day parades Today (May 25, 2009) honoring our nation's veterans. But we need to do more.
The state budget crunch is cutting in to funds for helping our troops when they return home from their deployments. Now it's up to us at the local level to pick up the slack. So far, the Livingston County Commission has failed to do so.
American Legion Post 141 has sent out an email about the emergency that the Livngston County Veterans Committee has declared regarding emergency relief for veterans.
The post's email states:
"The County Veterans Committee is going to be asking the County Commissioners to approve a 1/20th of a mill Levy, specifically to fund Veterans Relief. The law, Public Act 214 of 1899, provides that a County must levy a millage to fund Veterans Relief--but Livingston County has not been levying the required millage. Surrounding counties- Shiawassee, Washtenaw, Oakland, and Ingham County, all provide County Veterans Relief Services from Public Act 214 of 1899 funds.
"So far the County Commission has refused to take a vote on authorizing a Veterans Relief Fund millage. The Veterans Committee wants to make it clear to the Commission that funding Veterans Relief is not going to wait. We need it now.
"Please turn out Tuesday, May 26th, at 7:00 p.m., to let the Commission know you are serious about funding Veterans Services."
County Veterans Committee Chairman John Colone is asking all veterans to come to the Livingston County Commissioners Human Resources committee meeting on Tuesday (May 26) to show support for the millage. The meeting is at the East Annex building- directly EAST of the Old County Courthouse. The meeting room is on the second floor.
The county is required to levy this tiny millage and is refusing to do so. It should have been levying it during the good times, so we would have a cushion during hard times.