Candidates, levies on Nov. ballot

The official report of who and what will be on the election ballot locally this November was released this week.
Alex Doty
Aug 30, 2013


“We’re not looking at a huge thing,” Ottawa County Elections Coordinator Justin Roebuck said. “There’s not a ton of stuff.”

In Ferrysburg, there are no contested elections. Mayor Daniel Ruiter, and councilmembers Regina Sjoberg, Michael De Witt and Rebecca Hopp are all unopposed in their re-election bids.

In Grand Haven, Mayor Geri McCaleb is also running unopposed, but there are three people running for two seats on City Council. Incumbent councilmen Dennis Scott and Bob Monetza will square off against newcomer Henry Reyenga Jr.

There is also a contested race for a Board of Light & Power director seat, with incumbent James Vander Molen being challenged by Daniel Borchers.

Also on the Nov. 5 ballot are propositions for Spring Lake Public Schools and the City of Grand Haven.

You can see the complete ballot proposals and list of candidates throughout Ottawa County in the Related Documents (PDFs) at the bottom of this story.

Voters in the Spring Lake school district will be asked to approve borrowing up to $59.8 million for school improvements. The plan calls for:

• One school for grades K-4 with upper and lower elementary wings, and shared facilities
• Major remodeling at the intermediate/middle school, upgrades at the high school
• Relocate bus/maintenance facility to the township site
• Remove portable classrooms
• Maintain stadium at village location
• Improved traffic patterns
• Additional parking and practice fields at the high school

Based on bond proposal language, if the proposition passes, the owner of a home valued at $120,000 would see an increase of $34 a year on their property tax bill. That would mean an increase of $57 a year for the owner of a $200,000 home.

Grand Haven city voters will be asked whether or not the city should borrow up to $7.185 million for improvements to its public utilities and streetscape. The work would be a follow-up to a previous bond that brought in more than $15 million worth of water, sewer and street work in recent years.

Based on ballot language, the estimated levy to pay the proposed bonds in the first year is 0.99 mill —equal to about $1 per $1,000 of taxable value. For a home worth $200,000, the resulting millage would mean an additional $100 per year in property taxes.

Roebuck said it doesn’t appear there will be any state ballot issues this year.

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



I'm voting no! No more money for the schools. I just got my tax bill and it went up $271 ! Enough is enough. They will just have to make due with less like the rest of us.


I hope the Spring Lake is successful with their plans of building a new school and all of the other improvements that they have listed.

The costs to build new are high, however the costs of maintaining the buildings will be much less than they are paying now.

There comes a point in time where they need to replace the existing schools. The community built and paid for the existing schools for your children, it's time to do it for the next generations. Building costs are just going to increase in the future.

Tri-cities realist

Wouldn't it be nice if the Trib reported the millage rate on all proposals (SL).


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