“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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