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Monday, November 8, 2010

Howrylak's Censure Hearing, Part II

Expect fireworks at today's city council meeting~
Censure hearing of Troy councilman continues
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Special to The Oakland Press
A call to censure Troy City Councilman Martin Howrylak continues at the Troy City Council’s regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8.

A hearing was adjourned at a special City Council meeting on Nov. 1 when the City Council was unable to accommodate about 90 people who came to observe the meeting in the council’s boardroom. Mayor Louise Schilling is calling for Howrylak’s censure for a letter he sent to residents on Oct. 26 urging them to vote “no” on four proposals calling for an independent library millage.

Voters turned down all four proposals in the general election on Nov. 2. Proposal 1, which would have added 0.9885 mills to tax bills for the next 10 years, failed by  a 2.2 percent margin — 15,742 to 15,065 votes. Three other unnumbered proposals calling for 0.9585 mills, 0.9855 mills and 0.9995 mills were soundly defeated — 23,300 to 4,868 votes, 23,580 to 4,487 votes and 23,948 to 3,985 votes, respectively, on the ballot.

Schilling is seeking Howrylak’s censure based on a possible violation of the City Council’s code of ethics, which members signed on Oct. 18.

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