The 10-year millage will cost the owner of a $150,000 home an additional $37.50 per year, beginning with next summer's tax bill.
“I think it's going to be a good thing for the citizens,” said Ferrysburg Clerk and Treasurer Debbie Wierenga. “I've heard a lot of positive feedback.”
Wierenga and Mayor Dan Ruiter said they were impressed with turnout – 533 residents cast ballots.
“That's a great one,” Ruiter said. “I'm pleased all the way around with the turnout, the vote for the bike path and everything else.”
Ruiter said he believes people approved the measure because of safety and health reasons.
The nonmotorized paths will be constructed along North Shore Road from the fire barn to North Shore Park, and on 168th Avenue from West Spring Lake Road to VanWagoner Street.
Estimated costs are $750,000 and $250,000, respectively, according to City Manager Craig Bessinger.
Further engineering and design are on the horizon, the manager said.
City Council plans to sell bonds to construct the paths as soon as 2015, when reconstruction is scheduled for North Shore Road.
“There was support from a lot of people that saw the need for a bike path along North Shore Road,” Bessinger said, noting that access to the four parks along that stretch – Fire Barn Park, Coast Guard Park, North Beach Park and North Ottawa Dunes – should become much easier for pedestrians and bikers.
Councilwoman Regina Sjoberg, who spoke against the millage proposal at past council meetings, said voters have had their say.
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