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Saginaw City Oversight Committee Question (May 2011)

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A Buena Vista Township Police & Fire Levy Measures was on the May 3, 2011 ballot in the township of Buena Vista which is in Saginaw County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 1,365 (33.51%)
  • NO 2,708 (66.49%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to ask residents if the police and fire civil service board, oversight committee, should be disbanded. The measure would have rescinded the law which established the committee.[2] Those in favor of this measure noted that the committee was outdated and did not serve a real purpose, but those against this noted that the committee maintains employee protection in these fields. The oversight committee was established to prevent cronyism in the fire and police departments, but today it is seen as not being a problem as it was when the law was established in 1936.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall Act No. 78 of the Public Acts of 1935, entitled as amended, ‘An act to establish and provide a board of civil service commissioners in cities, villages and municipalities having full-time paid members in the fire or police departments, or both; to provide a civil service system based upon examination and investigation as to merit, efficiency, and fitness for appointment, employment and promotion of all full-time paid members appointed in the fire and police departments and respective cities, villages and municipalities; to regulate the transfer, reinstatement, suspension, and discharge of officers, fire fighters, and police officers; and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts,’ be rescinded?[4]