Commission honors mayor's final meeting, approves 2022 operating budget

Mount Pleasant City Commission presents Mayor Will Joseph with a plaque at its Nov. 22 meeting.

Mount Pleasant City Commission officially accepted Mayor Will Joseph's resignation at its Nov. 22 meeting. Joseph celebrated his final meeting with the commissioners.

"I certainly will not be a stranger," Joseph wrote in a farewell letter to the Mount Pleasant community. "These moments, and the people who I shared them with, will live with me forever."

The commission also approved the final 2022 Operating Budget and set the millage rate for 2022.

Mayor Resignation

Joseph recently announced his resignation from the city commission. He intends to further his career with the acceptance of the village manager position in Paw Paw, Michigan. Nov. 26 marks his final day with the city of Mount Pleasant.

"It’s been an honor and a pleasure to do this job," Joseph said. "You get to see all the forces at work that create the city and uphold the basis of society. That's a perspective I've been fortunate enough to have and I’ll carry that to my new role.”

Commissioners shared words of encouragement with Joseph, thanking him for years of dedication and wishing him the best in his future position. They presented him with a plaque to commemorate his time as mayor of Mount Pleasant.

"We acknowledge your devotion to this city and staff," Commissioner Amy Perschbacher said. "The last few years we’ve watched your leadership style evolve and we look forward to hearing about your new experiences. We give you this plaque as a way to remember the time you’ve spent with us.”

Joseph's resignation was accepted 7-0.

2022 Operating Budget

Commissioners considered the 2022 Operating Budget for formal adoption.

The budget outlines the appropriated funds for 2022 and sets the city's millage rate at 16.25, City Manager Aaron Desentz said. 16.25 remains consistent with previous years of property tax rates. The budget presents more revenue than expenditures for the upcoming year.

“Our budget document exceeds the standards put forth by other municipalities in the country," Joseph said. "It clearly outlines where the money comes from and makes it an easy read for us and for residents who want to know how their city government works."

The motion passed 7-0.

Check out the full breakdown of the budget below:

The entire city commission meeting can be viewed on the city's Youtube channel.