Judge: SL Village ballot issue not valid

Spring Lake Village will remain whole, at least for now.
Marie Havenga
Jun 12, 2012

A petition drive to place an issue on the August ballot appeared to be successful. The petitioners sought to dissolve the village, citing high taxes and duplication of efforts between the township and village as the reasoning behind the effort. They obtained more than enough signatures to pose the question to voters.

But then the village filed a lawsuit against the county seeking to declare the petition drive invalid because of what one lawmaker calls a "quirk" in the law that prevents voters from dissolving the village.

Ottawa County Circuit Judge Jon Van Allsburg declared Monday afternoon that the dissolution effort is not valid, and that the issue will not appear on the upcoming ballot.

More details on this story will be published in Tuesday's print and e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.





Glad the village officials were able to spare their jobs at everyone else's expense. Maybe we should just mail you checks every year and be allowed to dissolve the village. It would be far far cheaper.


I believe that the voters should be allowed to decide their fate. This is what our country was truly founded on, the democratic process.

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