2013-02-07 / Community

MTA honors Booher and Casperson as 2012 Legislators of the Year

Northern Michigan lawmakers recognized for their support for local governments

DELTA CHARTER TOWNSHIP - The Michigan Townships Association named Michigan Senators Darwin Booher (R-Osceola Township) and Tom Casperson (R-Wells Township) as recipients of MTA’s 2012 Legislator of the Year Award. MTA honored the two northern Michigan state senators at its 60th annual statewide educational conference and expo in Detroit.

“Senators Darwin Booher and Tom Casperson have been longtime supporters of local government and were extremely instrumental in the passage of Payment in Lieu of Taxes legislation, allowing townships to receive full and timely payments for state-owned properties,” said Larry Merrill, executive director of the Michigan Townships Association.

“For 2012, we honored both senators as they were instrumental in the sponsorship and passage of legislation increasing the reimbursement to local governments for state-owned properties.”

Booher, elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010, served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives and 28 years as Osceola Township supervisor and assessor. In addition to sponsoring Public Act 604 requiring full PILT payments in a timely manner, Booher sponsored Public Act 619 that changes the criteria for the purchase of state-owned land and provides preference to projects or acquisitions within a local government that supports the acquisition.

In addition to sponsoring Public Act 603, which raised the reimbursement paid to local government for state-owned tax-reverted properties from $2 to $4 per acre, Casperson sponsored Public Act 240 and Public Act 622. Public Act 240 places a statewide cap on the amount of land the state can own at 4.6 million acres. Public Act 622 alters procedures for state surplus land.

Casperson was also elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010, after serving in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years. He worked for 27 years in his family’s log trucking business, including 12 years as its owner and operator.

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