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My Town: Community to weigh in on potential EGR road tax Jan. 5
My Town: Community to weigh in on potential EGR road tax Jan. 5

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  The first of two city commission meetings centering on a proposed tax for road and sidewalk repairs is Jan. 5.

In October, Mayor Seibold convened a group of citizens to research and recommend a long-term solution for 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 at the Community Center.  Written comments may also be sent to City Clerk Karen Brower by emailing kbrower@eastgr.org or by mail to 750 Lakeside Drive SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

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