Michigan Townships Association holding U.P. conferences

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HARRIS, Mich. (WLUC) - Representatives from the Michigan Townships Association are crisscrossing the state helping to bring local administrators up to date on current issues.

On Wednesday the group was at the Island Resort in Harris working representatives of several area townships.

The group was formed 65 years ago to help give a unified voice to Michigan's townships and today, more than 99 percent of the state's townships are members.

In the U.P. there are 158 townships and they were well represented at the conference.

Attendees sat in on sessions dealing with road funding, property assessment and the ongoing dark store issue.

Larry Merril is the groups executive director and explain their stance on the dark store issue.

"The legislature doesn't seem to want to touch it so it's going to be up to the courts to address it but property here in Michigan is assessed way less than comparable property in Green Bay so there shouldn't be that much difference and our approach here in Michigan really pushes a lot of the burden of funding local services onto the residents and other tax payers. Our position is that everyone should just pay their fair share."

Thursday night the M.T.A. will wrap up the U.P. portion of their training tour in Brimley.