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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.