ferris township

Michigan Tax Tribunal partially reinstates Ferris Township tax dispute case

The Michigan Tax Tribunal on Wednesday denied a Texas oil and gas company’s motion for reconsideration in a Ferris Township tax dispute, but partially reinstated the case relative to a question of qualified error at the township’s Board of Review level.

Ferris Twp. Board considers creating wind, solar rules

A wind energy/solar energy survey sent out to township residents last winter and given an extended window to respond resulted in more input, but the same overall result: Yes to solar projects, no to wind projects.

The Ferris Township Board discussed the updated results of the survey and the possibility of creating related ordinances during their March 29 meeting. A Daily News reporter and Janice Jourdan (the retired township treasurer) were the only members of the public present at the meeting.

Texas oil/gas company appeals Tax Tribunal ruling regarding Ferris Township property

W. B. Osborn is appealing the Michigan Tax Tribunal’s ruling that the Texas oil and gas company failed to comply with the statute of limitations regarding a Ferris Township personal property tax assessment dispute.

During the township board’s meeting on Tuesday, Supervisor Randy Sterns reported that Osborn filed an appeal with the state on Monday.

W. B. Osborn ‘failed to comply with the statute of limitations’

Michigan Tax Tribunal dismisses Texas oil/gas company’s claim against Ferris Township

The Michigan Tax Tribunal has dismissed W. B. Osborn’s claim against Ferris Township, ruling that the Texas oil and gas company failed to comply with the statute of limitations.

The order granting summary judgment was entered on March 4 by Steven Bieda, the presiding judge over the case.

Small town vs. big oil

Ferris Township in tax assessment dispute with Texas oil company

One of Montcalm County’s smallest townships is in a big dispute with a Texas-based oil and gas company.

Ferris Township — which has a population of 1,331 according the 2020 census — is such a small community, its township board only meets quarterly. However, for the past two years, the township board has been waging a considerable battle against W.B. Osborn Oil & Gas, a San Antonio, Texas-based company with multiple property leases in Ferris Township as well as two other Montcalm County townships.

Ferris Township wind, solar survey sees low response rate

Surveys are still being accepted until Feb. 28

Solar energy projects: yes. Wind energy projects: no.

That’s what the majority of Ferris Township residents are saying — at least the majority of the meager 17% who responded to a survey for the un-zoned township.

Ferris Township sends out wind, solar survey to residents

Residents in this township are being asked for their thoughts on wind and solar energy.

The Ferris Township Board sent out 689 surveys to township taxpayers in early December along with their winter tax bills.

JUST IN: 11-year-old killed in Ferris Township vehicle vs. bicycle crash


The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post is investigating a fatal vehicle vs. bicycle crash that occurred in Ferris Township on Monday afternoon.

The crash occurred approximately 12:47 p.m. on E. McBrides Road near N. Douglas Road.

JUST IN: Crystal man killed in tractor accident Tuesday


A 55-year-old Crystal man was killed Tuesday evening when the tractor he was riding rolled over on top of him.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a John Deere tractor that had rolled over into a ditch on Kimball Road near Blackmer Road in Ferris Township in Montcalm County around 6:46 p.m.