September 19, 2018

Deborah Obrecht

Candidate for Bruce Township Treasurer
(Incumbent) 

Republican

Campaign IssuesRCNMC ReviewParty IssuesState/County/Local Issues

Campaign Issues

Why are you running for this office?
Why are you running for this office?  I enjoy serving our residents and our community.  Helping people with tax concerns and questions is very rewarding.  My knowledge and experience has been an asset in assisting residents with questions and concerns.  In my 24 years, I have a impeccable settlement record and department audit. Bruce Township has Industrial Facility abatements, Brownfield recaptures, and Ren Zone abatements.  I have helped businesses secure tax abatements to encourage their business to remain in our community.
What skillsets and real life experience do you have that makes you the best candidate for the role?
I have 24 years of experience as Treasurer.  I hold a Level II assessing and Certified Municipal Finance Administrator certifications.  For 24 years, I have 100% attendance at all Township Board meetings.  I have testified in Lansing to fight for tax law changes.  Successfully in 2004, our Fire & ALS special assessments were approved as qualifying State tax income tax deductions.  Knowledge in the various tax abatements and tax recaptures.  I have assisted businesses in applying for these abatements.  I have helped residents understand the tax appeal process is done to reduce their taxes. Residents that have been denied Principal Residence Exemptions, I have written letters on their behalf and also filed with MTT for hearing for denial to be appealed.  Helping taxpayers understand the tax system is a skill that sets me apart.
What are the top three issues you are concerned with for your district/municipality?
Sewer Bond Debt Obligation, Decreasing revenues and Maintaining Rural Character.
What are the solutions you will bring forward if elected?
We need to retain and encourage new businesses into our sewer district area.

Continue to look at ways to maintain current service levels with less funding.  Internally cutting expenses to maintain a balanced budget and not utilize fund balances.

Adhere to our Master Plan.

What specific measures will you take to maintain low taxes and less expensive, limited government?
Look internally for cutting costs measures.  Government does not need to control and direct people’s lives.  They do not need the red tape and the burden of government putting mandates and more tax burdens on them.
If elected, what will you do to better promote transparency in government?
I strongly encourage more information be accessible via our Township website for the public to view – such as: Board packages, check registers, financial reports and budgets.  The public should have easy access to this data to see how their hard earned money is being spent.
Have you received any endorsements?  If so, please list.
Ted Wahby, Macomb County Treasurer

RCNMC Review

Deborah Obrecht is an active member of the RCNMC.

Party Issues

Why are you a running as a Republican?
I am fiscally conservative.
What prior involvement have you had in the Republican Party or Conservative organizations?
I have been a Republican all of my life.
What is your position on Obamacare?
I am against this program.  It is a burden and inequity. This is a tax, but by another name.
What is your position on abortion?
This is where education should be provided so no one should have to face this decision.  I support “Right to Life”.
What is your position on the 2nd Amendment?
I support the right to bear arms.  My husband is a member of the NRA.
What is your position on public sector unions?
Unions have a important role in our society in protecting workers and the safety of the workplace.  However, economics must now be folded into negotiations. We have fewer dollars and everyone must work as a team to help the community.  Public benefits should not be greater than the public footing the bill.

State/County/Local Issues

What are the two biggest issues you feel Macomb County is facing today?
Declining home values and road funding to improve quality of roadways.
Do you think Macomb County should have casinos?
Yes.
What is your position on the Ambassador bridge project?
Macomb County is “Automation Alley”.  The auto industry strongly supports this and will help “grow” the industrial tax base.  I believe it will benefit our State and County.
What is your position on special millages like the DIA or Zoo millages?
These are important attractions to our area.  However, I don’t think that property owners can continue to add millages to pay for these types of resources.  Alternative funding resources should be secured.

Debbie Obrecht

Residence: Bruce Township
Marital Status: Married
Current Occupation: Bruce Township Treasurer
Contact Email: debbie.obrecht@comcast.net
Contact Phone: 586-246-3795
Contact Address: 8661 N. Dutchess, Romeo, MI 48065
Website: none
Social Media Links: Facebook

 

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