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To the Editor:

The Grosse Pointe News and the voters of this area must realize that being a trustee for Wayne County Community College is a public service position. It is not a job and I do not receive one penny of compensation.

I have patiently waited for the legislature to remedy the millage situation but that has not been successful despite many, including Reps. Andrew Richner and Bill O'Neil, who have attempted to pass legislation which would allow the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods to opt out of Wayne County Community College and join another community college.

I have come to the conclusion that the only way to resolve this unfair taxation is through a ballot initiative and again I am a volunteer, leading this project.

Let me confront another issue: Yes, I am running for state representative. Regardless if I win or lose on Aug. 6, I will continue my efforts for the hard-working taxpayers of my district to repeal this millage increase through the most democratic of all procedures, a vote of the people through a ballot initiative.

Mary Ellen Stempfle

City of Grosse Pointe

Mary Ellen Stempfle
July 11, 2002

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