NORA levy put on hold

Township officials want a timeout called on a plan to introduce more recreational opportunities in the community.
Alex Doty
Jun 11, 2014

 

The Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority wants to place a recreation millage before Grand Haven Township voters on the November ballot. Despite the desire, township officials are saying “not now.”

“I think the concept is great, but it is just really bad timing,” Township Supervisor Karl French said.

The authority represents communities in the Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ district: Grand Haven city and township, Robinson Township, and Ferrysburg.

NORA officials envision a new recreation complex with outdoor sports fields, a fitness trail, indoor courts, fitness room and locker rooms.

In a 2013 Tribune article, it was reported that the authority’s annual operating budget was $300,000. This provides funds for operational expenses, staffing and programming, but not enough for major facility expenses.

NORA Coordinator Jill Vander Stel said the authority’s board will make a decision by July on whether the proposal would be placed on the fall ballot.

“If it is not on this November’s ballot, it would have to wait two more years,” she said.

Township officials say the review for the proposed millage hasn’t been sufficient in terms of justification or planning for the new property tax. The Township Board believes NORA should wait two years to allow local communities to expand both the service boundaries and services provided by any recreation authority.

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Comments

newspaperlawyer

Karl French is worried about the GH TWP fire mileage INCREASE passing....

Back to the Wall

Don't put additional millages on the ballot, the supervisor hates competition!!

Jason

With the "booming" of youth sports, (which in my opinion is out of control) the need for more fields is becoming more evident. Specifically in regard to baseball (Travel and TCKL) and soccer (Travel and TCYSO), the Tri-Cities is having a hard time providing fields.

I believe it is time for the Tri-Cities to come together and develop some sort of field complex. My hope is this could be done through fundraising or donations of materials, time, etc. instead of raising taxes. Land is obviously the big need. Could Harbor Island be an option or is there another spot of land that could be used?

We just returned from Stevensville for a weekend baseball tournament. There were at least 10 baseball fields ranging from small all the way to the varsity level. There were also soccer fields as well.

Each day every car paid $5. Not only did this generate thousands of dollars just at the complex, it was a weekend tournament so most families stayed in hotels which brings a lot of money to the town via hotels, dinning, gas, etc.

Certainly a decent sized complex (probably not to the level at Stevenesville) in the Tri-Cities would bring in some cash for the surrounding areas.

It is just an idea and maybe not one that everyone is interested in but the amount of money parents are willing to pay these days in regard to sports more than likely means a complex would pay dividends.

ohwell

Have to give the city money for fireworks. No money for the kids. The township board needs some house cleaning, as in some people need to go.

theQuin

Voters need to watch for another "mysterious" proposal that has been nixed in some neighboring communities. Someone is/was trying to conduct a study to develop an athletic and cultural authority shared by all local communities. This would have been tax-supported, and would have included Spring Lake - which NORA does not now serve. It would have been competition for NORA, and its origins are unknown -at least to the majority of citizens. I think we need to support NORA and the other local cultural providers that already exist. I wish the staff at NORA good luck, and hope they continue in their outreach to SL and other municipalities.

 

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