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My Town EGR: City to consider tax for road and sidewalks
My Town EGR: City to consider tax for road and sidewalks

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— City commissioners are considering a proposed tax that would pay for improvements to the city’s roads and sidewalks.

In October, Mayor Seibold convened a group of citizens to research and recommend a long-term solution to improving the road and sidewalks in East Grand Rapids.  After several meetings, the Streets & Sidewalks Task Force recommended the city propose a 2.0 mill, 10-year millage dedicated to upgrades.  The tax would cost approximately $300 per year for the owner of a $300,000 home. More information on the proposal can be found at www.eastgr.org/streets.
 

The recommendation was submitted to city commissioners just days before state lawmakers announced its sales tax increase proposal to improve roads throughout Michigan.  That measure would be up for public vote in May 2015.  East Grand Rapids officials plan to study the state proposal to determine if a city millage would even be needed.

City residents are encouraged to weigh in on street conditions and the proposed city millage by attending the 6 p.m. city commission meeting on Monday, Jan. 5 or Monday, Jan 19 or by sending written comments to City Clerk Karen Brower by emailing kbrower@eastgr.org or by mail to 750 Lakeside Drive SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506.