WAYNE COUNTY, Michigan – A booklet explaining what Wayne County government is, what it does and how it works has been published by the Wayne County Commission.
“A Citizen’s Guide to Wayne County Government” is available now at various locations and through county commissioners, as well as online, said Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak.
The Citizen’s Guide is 24 pages of information ranging from how the county was formed, to the structure of Wayne County government and a sampling of the services the county provides. It includes a section on how county government is financed, including a breakdown of property taxes collected by the county. It also has a complete listing of all Wayne County elected officials and their contact information.
Woronchak said he got the idea for the booklet from people in his district who said they didn’t know what the Wayne County Commission does or what services they get from the county. Woronchak, a former longtime newspaper editor, wrote much of the booklet along with the commission’s public information staff.
“County government provides many important services that people are aware of, but might not realize they are part of the county,” said Woronchak, D-Dearborn. “Last year, I asked residents in a survey I mail to my district whether they knew how county government works and what it does for them. Many responded that they either were unaware or wanted to know more.
“In response to residents of my districts, I wanted to produce something that gave a basic, easy-to-follow explanation of county government, what the commission does in relation to the county executive, and the responsibilities outlined in our county charter,” Woronchak said. “The result was this Citizen’s Guide.”
In addition to copies residents can pick up or have mailed to them, the Citizen’s Guide is available for download online. Woronchak said residents in his district, which includes Allen Park and Dearborn, can contact him directly to have a copy mailed to them. His email is [email protected] and his office phone number is (313)224-0934.
Residents elsewhere in the county can request that their county commissioner mail them a copy. They can locate their individual commissioner on the interactive map on the commission’s home page, or by calling the commission’s general information number, (313)224-2383.