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Grand Haven, Spring Lake millages renewed

Grand Haven, Spring Lake millages renewed

Voting took place throughout West Michigan yesterday where voters approved the renewal of the school millages for Grand Haven and Spring Lake.

The Grand Haven millage renewal passed 74.2% to 25.8%.

The Spring Lake millage renewal passed 79.5% to 20.5%

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GHAPS - Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, May 8!

GHAPS - Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, May 8!

From: http://www.ghaps.org

Non-Principal Residence (formerly non-homestead)

This is a renewal of 18 mills on non-principal residence and other nonexempt property and six mills on commercial personal property. This proposal represents an annual renewal (i.e. not an increase) of millage, which does not affect the taxes on a homeowner’s principal residence. Passage of the Non-Principal Residence means a continuation of $18.6 million in revenue needed to maintain Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ programs and services.

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, May 8!

Non-Principal Residence (formerly non-homestead)
This is a renewal of 18 mills on non-principal residence and other nonexempt property and six mills on commercial personal property. This proposal represents an annual renewal (i.e. not an increase) of millage, which does not affect the taxes on a homeowner’s principal residence. Passage of the Non-Principal Residence means a continuation of $18.6 million in revenue needed to maintain Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ programs and services. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

SLPS - May 8 School Election

18 Mills Renewal (formerly non-homesteads)
Poll Hours:  7:00 am to 8:00 pm

On Tuesday, May 8, registered voters will be asked to approve a very critical proposal to renew the 18 mills on businesses and non-principal residences (formerly non-homesteads). With the State’s ongoing cuts to schools’ funding, this $2,603,500 is especially vital to the district’s operation. District home-owners do not pay this tax on their primary residences; it is only levied on businesses and second homes. We encourage all registered voters in the district to exercise their right to VOTE.

Listed below are the polling places for the election. If you have any questions about where you should vote, please contact the township in which you reside.

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WMCCP presents fourth conversation with exploring public education

WMCCP presents fourth conversation with exploring public education

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- What’s the best thing we can do to enhance the quality of public education? More funding? More equitable funding? More choice in schools? More or less emphasis on testing and outcomes?  What are your ideas?

Join us as we discuss the topic Public Education: How well are we doing” as the West Michigan Civil Conversation (WMCCP) project launches its next conversation on Tuesday, May 15, from 7:00-8:45 p.m. at the Loutit District Library in Program Room A.

All who cares about public education are invited to attend. This is the fourth in a series of eight conversations planned throughout 2012. The local project is designed to provide a place and process for people with wide-ranging views to share perspectives on the important issues of the day. The goal is not to come to consensus, but to promote listening, learning and a balance between inquiry and advocacy.

Holland/Grand Haven unemployment dropped in March

Holland/Grand Haven unemployment dropped in March

The unemployment rate dropped statewide in March, compared to February.  Across Michigan, the jobless rate fell to 9% from 9.4% the previous month. In the Holland / Grand Haven are, the rate fell from 7.2% to 7.1%.

Here is a look at all of the regions across Michigan.

WMCCO lauches third conversation exploring balance in power

WMCCO lauches third conversation exploring balance in power

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- The public is invited to attend next Tuesday’s gathering of the West Michigan Civil Conversation Project (WMCCP) where participants will discuss Corporations & Individuals: Where is the balance of power? and explore the impact of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, recent state voter access laws, and the balance of power between corporations and individuals in our political process.

This is the third in a series of eight conversations planned throughout 2012. The local effort is designed to provide a place and process for people with wide-ranging views to share and explore ideas on the important issues of the day. The goal is not to come to consensus, but to promote listening and learning and a balance between inquiry and advocacy.

The project is cosponsored by the Loutit District Library, the League of Women Voters, and the Progressive Women’s Alliance-Lakeshore.