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Ferrysburg bike path proposal rolls toward November ballot

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Council member Regina Sjoberg cast the lone dissenting vote.

“I don't believe this is the time to tax people when there's 8 percent unemployment,” Sjoberg said. “We have some bike paths. A lot of people are on fixed incomes. When you say, 'By the way, you owe another $50,' it might be a trial for some people and I can't support it.”

About 20 residents attended Monday's meeting. Of the nine residents who voiced opinions, three spoke against the proposal.

Howard Ryan Brown, 551 Ridge Ave., said he struggles to pay his taxes already.

“You keep adding and adding,” Brown said. “It's a luxury item. I just don't think it's warranted at this time.”

Councilman Mike DeWitt said he believes a safe route is necessary for residents.

“Basically you take your life in your hands if you ride a bike on North Shore Road,” DeWitt said. “I think this would be an asset to the community. This is not a frivolous issue. It's a safety issue.”

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