Friends of Stevensville was formed to bring the issue of the allowance of retail marijuana shops to a vote. Four members of the Village Council made it law in the Village to allow retail marijuana shops. The caretakers of our village should not have made such a momentus decision without a vote of the residents. Friends of Stevensville was formed to bring the issue to a vote so that the will of the residents, rather than the four Village Council members, would decide the issue.
The Village Council's stated purpose is that the shops are needed for a road funding shortfall. This is false. Presently, the Village designates $100K annually to road funding. The Village states that in 2028, the Village will no longer be able to designate this amount from the general fund to road funding. This is also false. The analysis the Village presented excludes the increased $50K investment revenues that are happening now due to a change in investment strategy. The Village analysis also excludes the CSIF matching grant of up to $250K annually. The Village misrepresents the funding shortfall by excluding these other sources of funding. Let's also bear in mind that the projected shortfall doesn't start until 2028, and there's a lot that can happen in five years, especially since Governor Whitmore has made it her mission to "fix the damn roads". We would expect that in the next five years, there will be other legislation designed to improve Michigan roads.
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