Race for Ingham County Drain Commissioner Turns Ugly

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

The Ingham County Drain Commissioner's office handles millions of dollars in county infrastructure. The race for that seat has turned ugly.

Mark Grebner is the challenger to incumbent Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann. He says Lindemann squanders taxpayer dollars and gives contracts to campaign contributors.

"He doesn't really budget. What happens is he just keeps spending money....The drain office is spending $700,000 a year on attorneys and noone can understand how that could be," Grebner said.

In response, Lindemann pulled out the budget books arguing his opponent's accusations are simply false.

"I've never missed the mark on any budget in 20 years, never and the people I hire are smart, they're talented and they save this county money by coming up with projects that are on time and under budget all the time," Lindemann said.

Grebner promises to better manage spending should he take office, while Lindemann argues his opponent's incentive is to get a pension worth more than $60,000 per year.

"Everybody who runs for office has to think about how much money they'll get if they're elected to it, so certainly that's a part of it," Grebner said.

However, Grebner says that's certainly not the main goal as he made a public promise to drop out of the race if Lindemann steps down.

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