Resident to launch petition drive for SL village-township merger

Spring Lake resident Joyce Verplank Hatton said she will announce at tonight's Spring Lake Village Council meeting her plan to launch a petition drive to have the village absorbed into Spring Lake Township.
Marie Havenga
Mar 19, 2012


Hatton, who moved from the township to the village several years ago, said she is frustrated paying taxes to both the village and township.

She said she'll discuss her grassroots movement during the public comment portion of tonight's meeting, scheduled for 7 at Barber School, 102 W. Exchange St.

Hatton said she'll need 306 signatures of registered voters who live in the village by May 15 to put a question on the Aug. 7 ballot.

Read the full story in the Tribune's e-paper or print version on Monday.




The Village provides more services than the Township, so what would happen from the point of view of services vs taxation?

Less services as provided by the village / lower taxes, or more services / taxes provided to the township whole?

Combination of services could be more cost effective...


Attention Spring Lake Village Council! If you think the conflagration of 1871 was devastating to the Village, you ain't seen nothing yet. An indomitable BLAZE is coming your way. Your own hubris has brought this situation to BEAR.


SL Township is ruled -and I do mean ruled - by John Nash. The Village residents really need to investigate the operations of the township before they even think about allowing themselves to be swallowed up by that entity!

Joyce Verplank ...

Spring Lake Village is a part of Spring Lake Township. Spring Lake Village taxpayers pay 11 mills of the total annual tax millage of 37 mills. Spring Lake Township taxpayers (that includes all Village taxpayers) pay less than one mill (.96 mills) of the total 37 mills. Spring Lake Village has very few extra services, mainly the police force. If Spring Lake taxpayers vote on August 7 to "vacate their incorporation" (legal language required on ballot) then Spring Lake village taxes will disappear! For example, I have a condo and my neighbor has a house, both with 1400 sq. ft., and our annual Village taxes average about $1200 per year. They would be no more! Our little village of 2500 residents would be taxed the SAME as all other township residents, who number 12,500 residents-- and the number would increase to 15,000 residents who all share the SAME services, and the SAME tax base. Everybody wins! Especially the Village taxpayers! Village registered voters--Please sign our petitions and please circulate them. 306 signatures needed by May 15. Contact me for petitions:


I am glad to see that they are doing a petition. The people need to stand up for what they think here. So much will come from this petition here.


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