Traverse City Record-Eagle

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October 26, 2013

Campaign raises, spends less

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Falconer was one of two individuals to contribute $1,000, the top contribution this year. Board President Kelly Hall also contributed that amount.

Board of Education members Julie Puckett, Scott Hardy and Marjorie Rich also contributed $100, $100, and $150, respectively.

Other TCAPS employees contributed to the committee, including Superintendent Steve Cousins.

The committee collected fewer corporate contributions this year; in 2012, Team Elmer’s contributed $5,000, Premiere Land Services contributed $5,500 and Grand Traverse Construction contributed $3,000.

Peggy Corcoran, the co-owner of Premiere Land Services, said she would have been happy to match last year’s contribution, but wasn’t asked.

Brian Lawton, the vice president of Grand Traverse Construction, said the company couldn’t afford to match last year’s donation. It did contribute $500 this year.

Residents of Grand Traverse County also saw signs from a second ballot question committee, Citizens for Better Roads. The committee paid for signs in support of a 1-mill increase to raise $4.4 million for streets and roads. It raised less than $1,000, so it did not need to disclose its contributors.

The committee’s treasurer, Anna Mouser, is the daughter of Grand Traverse County Road Commissioner William Mouser.

“Our roads are in horrible shape and I think that there’s one way to make them better and that means we need to come up with some money to do it,” said Anna Mouser, noting that the price of fuel, salt and sand increased in recent years.

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