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My Town: Commissioners to vote on potential road tax Jan. 19
My Town: Commissioners to vote on potential road tax Jan. 19

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— City commissioners are expected to vote on a proposed tax for road and sidewalk repairs Monday, Jan. 19.

The city commission will hear from residents one more time before deciding whether to move forward with the proposed 2.0 millage.

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 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.

Monday night's meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. Those who cannot attend the meeting may send in written comments to City Clerk Karen Brower by emailing kbrower@eastgr.org.