GH Twp. voters say yes to fire/rescue millage renewal

Voters in Grand Haven Township approved a fire/rescue millage renewal on Tuesday. The three-year, 1.5-mill tax was passed 741-256. Of the 997 total votes, 811 were made with absentee ballots, Township Clerk Sue Buitenhuis said. The millage renewal means a home with a taxable value of $100,000 will see an increase of about 66 cents, according to Township Manager Bill Cargo. The millage is expected to raise $882,960 in the first year of the Township Fire/Rescue Department's operational budget, Cargo said.
Tribune Staff
Aug 3, 2011


However, because assessed home values in the township vary from year to year — affecting the taxable values — township officials cannot predict the millage’s funds in the latter two years.

In Holland, City Councilman Jay Peters won re-election Tuesday, while two men will face off in a November runoff for an at-large council seat. Peters will continue to represent the city’s Ward 2 after receiving 61.5 percent of the vote. Because Peters received more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be no runoff.

Challengers Victor Orozco and Gerardo Tonini received 26 percent and 12.3 percent, respectively, in the Ward 2 race.

In the at-large Holland City Council race, Wayne Klomparens received nearly 45 percent of the vote and Scott Troeger received 37 percent. Ronald Chavez came in third Tuesday with 18 percent of the vote. Klomparens and Troeger will face each other in the November election. 

In Coopersville, City Councilman Roger Whitman lost his bid for re-election, finishing last among seven candidates running for six spots on the November ballot. Whitman was edged by challenger Bradley Sprague, who finished in sixth place, by a single vote.

The top six vote-getters will be running for three seats on council. The two other Coopersville City Council incumbents, Charlie VanderKolk (188 votes) and Larry Crandle (169), finished in first and second in Tuesday’s runoff. They were followed by challengers James Ward (124), Tim Palko (92), Dan Cooke (85) and Sprague (80).


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