Friday, April 14, 2006

Taxpayers Association revived

The Kalamazoo County Taxpayers Association has been revived after several months of dormancy. It was shut down after its founder, former Kalamazoo County Commissioner Ray Wilson resigned due to fatigue.

Taking over the group is 22 year old legislative aide Isaac Morehouse:

"Morehouse, a staff member for state Rep. Leon Drolet, R-Macomb County, was raised in Kalamazoo and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Western Michigan University in 2003. He's also worked for Republican state Reps. Scott Hummel and Fulton Sheen.

``I've always been interested in politics,'' Morehouse said, noting that his interest in the taxpayer's association is an outgrowth of that. ``They believe in what I firmly believe in -- less government, lower taxes and more personal freedom.''"

If you do the math, you'll see that Morehouse graduated from Western at age 19. He was home-schooled.

The taxpayers association is a great group. They have helped to defeat many attempted tax increases in this county. Most recently, they killed the overblown justice facilities millage proposal. Before that, they defeated many government school millage requests.

The KCTA is on the front lines of the fight for limited government. They have saved the taxpayers of Kalamazoo County millions of dollars. Much of their work has been made possible by the Headlee amendment, which requires that local tax increases be submitted to the voters for approval.

There are more potential tax increases on the horizon, including in the Kalamazoo government school district. The website of the KCTA ( has not yet been updated to reflect the change.

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