City, county to collaborate on assessing

Just as Gov. Rick Snyder has been urging local communities to collaborate, the city of Grand Haven and Ottawa County will be working together on a collaborative project of their own. The city will be working with the county to perform its assessing services. "We're going to give it a shot and see how it works,' City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
Alex Doty
Aug 25, 2011


According to McGinnis, the plan was made possible because of the retirements of Phil Chalifoux, Sharie Lee and Pat Herrick in the assessing department. Instead of hiring new employees, the city will farm the work out to the county.

“I think this lined up very well because of the retirements in the Grand Haven department,” Ottawa County Administrator Al Vanderberg said.

The Grand Haven assessor’s office is responsible for establishing the fair market value of real and personal property, and is responsible for more than 6,000 properties in the city.

“We’re looking at a 30-percent savings,” McGinnis said of the new agreement.

While the service will be provided by the county, McGinnis said people will still call a city phone number for service, and county staff would be in the city doing field work and checking in.

“The taxpayers will not notice a difference,” McGinnis said. “They will be seeing the same service delivery.”

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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