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Goodrich detachment issue on November's ballot

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(08/01/12) - Wednesday morning, the Genesee County Board of Commissioners unanimously decided that a group of Goodrich citizens, who want to detach from the village and be considered only a part of Atlas Township, will have their issue voted on this November.

Some people in the Mill Pointe Shores and Fairview Hills subdivisions, plus some people on Shuman Drive, say they're tired of paying taxes to both entities.  "We're not trying to dissolve the village," said Don Emch. "We're just trying to say 'we want to be separate.'"

It's still unclear what the potential move would mean to tax rates, sewer rates, garbage pick-up and police protection.

"My point is there is a lot of fallout from this that will occur within the village," said Goodrich councilman Richard Saroli. "This will plunge the village back into division again. We've come a long way since recalls and other things that have occurred over the last several years - this will put us back into the dark days again."

For the proposal to pass on the November ballot, it must get a majority of votes from the people in the subdivisions that was to detach, the Village of Goodrich and Atlas Township.

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