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Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

My Town: Varnum attorney Dean Reisner appointed to board of directors

My Town: Varnum attorney Dean Reisner appointed to board of directors

 

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. –  Varnum attorney Dean Reisner has been appointed to the board of directors for the chamber of commerce for Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.

Reisner is a partner in the firm's corporate and estate planning practice teams. He concentrates his practice on business transactional matters, general corporate work, real estate acquisition, sales and development, estate planning and agricultural law.

"I am honored to be selected to serve on the board of directors for the chamber," said Reisner. "I look forward to working with and serving the businesses and community in North Ottawa County and West Michigan."

In addition to serving on the public policy committee for the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce, Reisner is president and a member of the board of directors for the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club Foundation.

My Town Spring Lake: District proposes millage hike for school upgrades

My Town Spring Lake: District proposes millage hike for school upgrades

SPRING LAKE, Mich.—Voters are encouraged to visit the polls Tuesday, May 6 to decide two funding proposals by Spring Lake Public Schools.

According to the district website, Proposal I would generate funding for major renovations and additions to Jeffers and Holmes elementary schools.  The proposal would also include renovations to intermediate/middle schools, minor upgrades to the high school and district-wide technology and bus upgrades.

Proposal II would focus on improving Grabinski Stadium, adding turf at the high school for soccer and lacrosse, upgrading practice fields, adding restrooms at the high school tennis courts and creating additional parking.

After voters turned down a bond proposal by the district last November, Spring Lake Public Schools expanded its Internal Review Committee to include community members along with staff and administrators.  The group surveyed community funding priorities to come up with these two updated proposals.

89th District Rep. Amanda Price at Spring Lake District Library

89th District Rep. Amanda Price at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--State Rep. Amanda Price will be at the Spring Lake District Library on Friday, Feb. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to talk with constituents about their concerns.

Price represents the 89th District which includes Spring Lake, Grand Haven  and Ferrysburg. Take advantage of this opportunity to let your state representative know what issues are important to you.

For more information about this event, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake

Rep. Amanda Price to hear resident concerns Jan. 3

Rep. Amanda Price to hear resident concerns Jan. 3

SPRING LAKE, Mich.— Michigan House Republican Amanda Price is inviting community members to share their concerns with her as she holds local office hours at the Spring Lake District Library.

Price will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 at the library, located at 123 E. Exchange St.  All area residents are welcome to stop buy during that time; appointments are not necessary.

People who cannot attend can contact Price in Lansing by calling (888) 238-1008 or by emailing amandaprice@house.mi.gov.

Two millages pass, one fails in Ottawa County

Two millages pass, one fails in Ottawa County

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.— A highly contested bond proposal for Spring Lake Public Schools is dead.

The measure failed during Tuesday night’s election, by a vote of 1,895 to 1,806. Under the proposal, the district would have borrowed $59.8 million from taxpayers to renovate school facilities, build a new elementary school and transportation building, expand the middle school, improve athletic facilities, fields and playgrounds and buy school buses.

Meanwhile, Grand Haven voters are giving the city the green light for a $7.1 million plan to fund infrastructure improvements. Tuesday night, city voters overwhelmingly approved the bond proposal, 986 votes to 491 votes.  The millage will be for .99 mills for no longer than 20 years. 

Voters also approved a ten-year tax hike to expand and maintain bike paths in Ferrysburg.  The new paths would be located along North Shore Drive and 168th Avenue.