Lake rides Harbor Transit to North Ottawa Community Hospital every week to volunteer in the gift shop.
“I use it for church every Sunday and I use it again during the week to volunteer,” said Lake, an Evergreen Village resident. “Every time I have to go out and don't have a ride, I use it. It comes in handy for me. I would be lost without it and I know others that would be, too.”
The levy put to Spring Lake Village voters this Nov. 6 would be for up to 0.7 mill, a decrease from the current 0.9898-mill levy for Harbor Transit. The reduction is due to Grand Haven Township coming onboard this year and sharing transportation and operation costs of the local bus service.
The owner of a $200,000 home would pay about $70 per year to keep the dial-a-ride service motoring through the village.
“It is used a lot,” said Village Clerk/Treasurer Maribeth Lawrence. “I think it's important for schoolchildren, the elderly that don't drive anymore, the handicapped and for those who just want to save on gas.”
If approved, the millage would take effect in 2013 and continue through 2016. It would generate an estimated $58,400 in the first year for the bus service's general operating funds.
Harbor Transit Director Tom Mandersheid said the village's support is vital to the overall system.
“We really would appreciate the village residents' support of this proposal,” Mandersheid said. “The service gives people a choice and give them the freedom to come and go as they please.”