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From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

Libraries and other organizations such as schools, police and fire departments that provide essential tax-supported services have been working with state lawmakers for nearly a year to brainstorm ways to replace the business equipment personal property tax (PPT) if it is eliminated

Replacement is critical because without it, the services Kent County residents rely on will be at the very least irreparably damaged, and in some cases may cease entirely. Kent District Library applauded senators who recognized the value and necessity of our services, and were heartened that a “poison pill” replacement provision was included in a Senate measure that passed on May 10. While this solution is far from perfect, it is better than nothing. The provision provides that if a future legislature fails to restore revenue lost by elimination of the PPT, the PPT will be restored.

Don't forget to vote!

Don't forget to vote!

From: http://www.eastgr.org

Just a reminder that Grand Rapids Community College is holding a special election on Tuesday, May 8th to request a millage increase for renovation and expansion of their facilities.

Polls will be open on Tuesday, May 8th from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm at your usual polling location.

Download sample ballot.

Those needing an absentee ballot can contact the Clerk's Office at 949-2110 or stop by the Community Center.

Students lose the most in the battle of the budget

Students lose the most in the battle of the budget

By Ali Reilly ’12 OPINION EDITOR

In about two months I am out of here! I will no longer be a student in the East Grand Rapids District, thus the current proposed budget cuts and the general state of our school really doesn’t need to be of concern to me. Nonetheless, when I see the direction our state and more specifically our educational system is heading I can’t help but express my epic frustration.

Although the state has our hands tied, I have three concerns with the latest budget reccomendations: the administrators’ unwillingness...

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East Grand Rapids Presidential Primary Election Results

East Grand Rapids Presidential Primary Election Results

The Presidential Primary Election was held throughout Michigan on Tuesday. In East Grand Rapids, an overwhelming majority of voters supported Mitt Romney.

The top three candidates were Mitt Romney with 1,156 votes, Rick Santorum with 495 votes, and Ron Paul with 198 votes.

Voter turnout for the election was almost 25%.

Full election results can be seen by clicking here.

EGRPS presents 'Race to Nowhere'

EGRPS presents 'Race to Nowhere'

February 28, EGRHS - Little Aud - 6:30 p.m.
Additional information here

Our district's five PTAs will host a showing of "Race to Nowhere," a thought-provoking documentary film that questions the current approach to education in American schools and examines the "pressures faced by young people, teachers, and parents in our high-stakes, high pressure public and private education system and culture."  

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion including numerous district administrators, teachers, staff, and students. The event is free, but tickets may be reserved at http://www.racetonowhere.com/state-screenings/MI.

Community Parks & Recreation Plan

Community Parks & Recreation Plan

From: http://www.eastgr.org

Thank you to all who took the time to review the proposed Parks & Recreation Master Plan online and at the City buildings in the last month. Now that the comment period if complete, the City Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, February 6th at 6 pm in the City Commission and take final action on the plan. Following this step, the plan will be placed on file with the Department of Natural Resources and will allow the City to apply for project grants detailed in the plan.

Here is a link to the plan on the City website: www.eastgr.org/?t=94&c=93

City Commission Vacancy

City Commission Vacancy

A vacancy was recently created when City Commissioner Amna Seibold was sworn in as Mayor of East Grand Rapids. This leaves on position open now and it is up to the City Commission to appoint someone to fill this position until the next election.

To apply you must be:

A registered voter

A resident of E Grand Rapids for a year and must live in the 1st Ward

Applications are available at the front desk of City Hall or can be downloaded at downloaded/submitted here.

Deadline for applications is Thursday, December 22nd. All paperwork should be presented to the City Clerk in City Hall or by e-mail to: kbrower@eastgr.org. You may also e-mail this address for more information.