Twp. Board forgoes salary hike

Despite township staff getting a 2 percent pay increase, Spring Lake Township Board members say they’ll sit tight with what they have.
Marie Havenga
Feb 22, 2014


“I thought it was a good thing for them to do,” Township Supervisor John Nash said. “It shows we’re fiscally responsible.”

The board is responsible for setting salaries each year, but those must be approved at the annual meeting of the electors, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 24 at the Township Hall.

Trustee Larry Mierle said the board is pursuing a new township hall and fire barn, so he doesn’t think it is appropriate to raise any board member’s pay because of possible public perception.

“We’re looking at hopefully building a building,” Mierle said. “Do we want that hanging over our heads that the trustees got a raise? And that will come up.”

Two years ago, the board voted to increase trustee pay from $3,000 to $4,000 a year, and residents concurred.

Township Clerk Carolyn Boersma expressed interest in raising the supervisor’s statutory pay from $15,600, but the board decided last week to keep it status quo. Nash receives an additional $12,600 for his non-statutory duties.

“The supervisor’s salary is way too low,” said Boersma, who was the only one to vote against keeping the supervisor pay the same.

Boersma makes $30,000 for her statutory duties and another $27,200 for extra duties not ordinarily part of a clerk’s job.

Treasurer Jim Koster’s salary will remain at $12,000.

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



I feel like the township board did the right thing here. I do not feel like these types of positions should necessarily be paid "what they are worth". They are meant to be public service positions (much like the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and other boards and commissions for small communities). I am NOT saying that these people don't put great time and effort in to their positions. They do.

I just feel that we always need to make sure that the pay for these positions is seen as a token instead of real compensation. I never want these positions filled by people that are "in it for the money." The amount of money paid for these positions more than cover any out of pocket expenses. Anything in excess of that is too much.

Again, please hear me properly on this. I am NOT saying they are not doing a great job. And I am NOT saying they do not work hard. I just do not believe these types of positions require full payment . . . they are jobs that should be done in a sacrificial way by people who want to serve for the greater good.

Great job Spring Lake Township. You have again proven yourself a well run community and a great place to live.


I hear ya and agree 100%. Anybody that does this type of work soley for "the money" needs to be removed and replaced post haste.


What are the wages of the public safety departments??? Is the fire Chiefs now a full time position???? How do we pay for the county deputies??? from the public safety budget.... What does a firefighter make per run??? these are all cost that us tax payers should know... I have received my tax assessments from the properties I own in three separate areas of the tri-cities area... What a huge difference...


@newspaperlawyer . . . You mentioned that your tax bills reflect a huge difference. I am curious which one of the municipalities appear the highest for you and which the lowest? I assume you compensate for the actual property value being reflected in the taxes?


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