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Freedom of Information Act Deadline - July 1, 2015

PA 563 of 2014 ("PA 563") amended the Michigan Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") effective July 1, 2015.  PA 563 amends FOIA in several major respects including the manner in which fees and costs may be charged for responding to FOIA requests.  Pursuant to PA 563, all municipalities in Michigan must have in effect by July 1, 2015 new written procedures and guidelines to implement the amended FOIA.  If a municipality does not comply with these new requirements by July 1, 2015, that municipality will still be required to process and respond to FOIA requests but will not be permitted to charge fees and costs for those responses unless and until the municipality comes into compliance.  If your municipality needs assistance with establishing and implementing the new procedures and guidelines required by PA 563, please contact Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett appointed to Advisory Council by the Stauffer-Kentwood Foundation

Jeff Sluggett was recently appointed to an Advisory Council established by the Stauffer-Kentwood Foundation.  The Advisory Council has been tasked with investigating the viability of establishing a community foundation that would serve the greater Kentwood area.

The Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention - 2015

Cliff Bloom will be teaching seminars on May 1 and 2, 2015 at the annual MLSA Convention at Boyne Mountain in Northern Michigan.  The topics will include water/riparian law, buying and selling waterfront property, local government regulation of the waterfront, easements and similar issues.

Crystal Morgan and Jeff Sluggett to Make Presentation at the 2015 Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks Master Academy

Crystal Morgan and Jeff Sluggett will make a presentation at the 2015 Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks Master Academy on March 25, 2015 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan titled Legal Updates.  The presentation will cover legal developments including new Freedom of Information Act amendments, Open Meetings Act issues, election law changes, and other matters.  Read More

Crystal Morgan appointed to Spring Lake Township Recreation Committee

In February 2015, BSM attorney Crystal Morgan was appointed to a 3-year term on the Spring Lake Township Recreation Committee.  Crystal is originally from Grand Rapids where BSM’s offices are located, but she and her husband currently reside in Spring Lake Township (Ottawa County) and enjoy the water, trails and other recreational activities offered there.  She looks forward to serving her community in this capacity, and brings years of municipal law experience and a love of outdoor activities with her.  Read More

Bloom Sluggett Morgan Recognized as 2015 Best Law Firm

Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC (BSM) has been recognized among the nation’s preeminent law firms in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Law Firms” for its work in tax litigation and tax law.  Read More

Bloom Sluggett Morgan Partners Recognized as Super Lawyers for 2014

The peer review group Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, has again named Cliff Bloom and Jeff Sluggett as Super Lawyers and Crystal Morgan as a Rising Star (the designation for attorneys under 40 years of age or who have practiced law for fewer than 10 years), all in the practice area of Government/Municipal Law.  We thank our clients and staff for making this recognition possible.  Read More

Bloom Sluggett Morgan Attorney Elected President of the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Community House

Jeff Sluggett was recently elected President of the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Community House.  After serving a full term as Vice President, Sluggett is happy to make the transition to President of the Board. The United Methodist Community House is a non-profit agency based in Grand Rapids with a mission focusing on children and seniors. See for more information.  Read More

Cliff Bloom to Make Presentations at Both Novi and Grand Rapids Cottage and Lakefront Living Shows

Cliff Bloom of Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC will be making presentations at the Cottage and Lakefront Living Shows, both in Novi on Saturday, March 1 and at the Grand Rapids Show on Saturday, March 29.  For more information, please visit the Showspan website at   Read More

BSM Client Prevails in Property Tax Exemption Case

BSM recently represented the City of Kentwood in the case of SBC Health Midwest, Inc v City of Kentwood (Michigan Tax Tribunal No. 416230).  The petitioner was claiming a property tax exemption going back to 2011 for approximately $600,000 of personal property that it owned and used in the operation of a for-profit college (Sanford Brown).  The City denied the exemption on the grounds that for-profit schools are not entitled to property tax exemptions under state law.  The property owner appealed and, after careful consideration of the legal arguments and evidence presented by the City, the Michigan Tax Tribunal agreed with the City that for-profit schools are not entitled to the exemption.  The Tax Tribunal’s decision was reprinted in the November edition of the Michigan Assessor Magazine, which you can read hereFor more information about this case, how it may impact property in your jurisdiction, or to discuss how BSM may be able to help you with other property tax related questions, please contact Crystal Morgan at BSM.   Read More