Village Council keeps quiet on disincorporation drive

Village Council decided Monday that "mum' would be the word on a grassroots petition drive that aims to put disincorporation before voters this summer. Although the item was on the agenda, council members said they didn't feel comfortable discussing the possibility of dissolving into Spring Lake Township unless the question actually makes it to the Aug. 7 ballot.
Marie Havenga
Apr 10, 2012

“This is something we shouldn't be involved in,” Councilman Dave Bennett said during Monday's work session. “If a group of citizens wants to put something on the ballot, we don't need to discuss it. It's up to the citizens to decide if they want to do this.”

Councilman Marv VandenBosch agreed.

“If this gets to the ballot, we as a council should take a stand on how we feel about it,” he said. “But it's not our business right now.”

Village resident Joyce Verplank Hatton is circulating petitions in an effort to gather the required 306 signatures by May 15 to get the question on the ballot. If she is successful, two-thirds of registered village voters would need to approve the measure in order for the village to dissolve into the township.

Hatton said combining the village with the township makes fiscal sense and would negate 11.6619 mills in village property taxes.

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Joyce, I as member of the Township and not the Village, are wondering what is your general plan? Eliminate the services and maintaince provided to the citizens of the Village within the village limits completly OR to now pass those costs onto the overall Township? There are some nice services my friends that live in the Village recieve with thier tax dollar, like leaf pickup, low cost dockage at Tanglefoot, signage that shows where the kayak ramp is, etc...

2011 Village Budget -

I assume your plan is to remove all the costs associated with all the administration of the village, and to expand the township government to fill that void. What do with Village run public properties / police / sewer water / zoning /etc... What are the financial details you propose?

Joyce Verplank ...

Captn Pea-- A little sanity on all this. First, the Village is part of the Township, We pay all twp. taxes, and we can elect every twp. trustee and the supervisor, and we can go to every board meeting and be heard (I was there last night) and we VOTE on all twp. services. The twp. is at a governmental level ABOVE the village. Just like a State is above the level of the County and then a city--and then a twp. and finally a village, which has the least powers of all! We have two municipal governments 500' from each other and one (representing 15,000 people in the twp.) has a very talented manager at a salary of $80,000 /year plus benefits and one (representing 2,500 people in the Village) has HAD a talented manager at a salary of $83,000 /year plus benefits. All the services will still be available to the village if they want! But instead of paying 11.66 mills for the local government, they can have their special curb side trash services for less than one mill! It makes fiscal common sense to share these services-- many which are shared already! Please join our petition drive to put this on the ballot. And then we will have almost 3 months to review the pros and cons. Petitions are part of our first amendment rights. Join our democratic drive. We need everyone to participate. Please call me if you want to circulate or sign a petition. 616-842-1001. Note: Circulators must be registered voters in the STATE of Michigan. Petition signers must be registered voters of Spring Lake VILLAGE.


Has anyone asked or does anyone know the Township's position on this issue???

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