Gearing up for August primary

There’s a smattering of candidates and issues on area ballots in August.
Alex Doty
Jun 17, 2014

“Overall, we’re looking at an average primary where a few key races are up for grabs,” Ottawa County Elections Coordinator Justin Roebuck said.

Among them is a contested Republican primary for the Michigan House of Representatives seat occupied by Amanda Price, R-Park Township. Price is running for a third two-year term and is being challenged in the primary by Matthew Wiedenhoeft of Spring Lake.

In November, the winner of that race will face Democrat Donald Bergman of Holland. Bergman has lost to Price in the last two state House elections.

Another local race with a contested Republican primary is for the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners’ 8th District, which covers a portion of Robinson Township. Incumbent candidate Greg DeJong will face David Lee Moren. 

The rest of the races will be decided in November. This includes these key contests:

— Governor: Republican incumbent Rick Snyder will face Democratic challenger Mark Schauer.

— U.S. senator: Republican Terri Lynn Land faces Democrat Gary Peters for the seat held by Carl Levin since 1978.

— Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District: Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, will face Democratic challenger Dean Vanderstelt of Spring Lake Township.

— State Senate: Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, will face Democratic candidate Sarah Howard of Grand Haven.

— Ottawa County Board of Commissioners 10th District: Incumbent Republican Roger Bergman will face Democrat Don Munski.

There are also many issues to be decided on the Aug. 5 primary ballot.

State of Michigan:

Proposal 1
The measure, upon voter approval, would reorganize the state use tax into a state share tax and local community stabilization share tax. The two share taxes would be levied on the use, storage and consumption of “tangible personal property” used for business purposes at no more than a total combined rate of 6 percent. The measure would create a community stabilization share from share tax revenue, and distribute revenue to school districts and local governments for services such as fire protection, police officers and ambulances.

Spring Lake Township:

• Museum Millage Renewal
Voters will be asked to renew a 0.25-mill tax for six years — 2015 through 2020 — to provide funds for the Tri-Cities Historical Museum. Funds would be used for operation, repair, maintenance and improvement of the museum and its related facilities. If approved, the estimated revenue the township would collect in 2015 is $173,077.

• Senior Activities and Services Millage Renewal
Voters will be asked to decide on the renewal of a 0.25-mill tax for 10 years — 2015 through 2024 — to provide funding for the North Ottawa County Council on Aging. Funds would be used for senior citizen activities and general senior services. If approved, the estimated revenue the township would collect in 2015 is approximately $173,077.

• Bike Path Millage Renewal
Voters will be asked to renew a 10-year, 0.49-mill tax that would provide funds for planning, financing, construction, right-of-way acquisition, maintaining, reconstructing and operating bicycle paths, including paved sidewalks and paved road shoulders. The estimated revenue the township would collect if the millage is approved and levied is approximately $334,278.

Grand Haven Township:

• Fire/Rescue Department Millage
Voters will be asked to decide on a 1.9-mills property tax increase to provide funds to operate and equip the township's Fire/Rescue Department. The estimate of the revenue the township will collect if the millage is approved and levied in its entirety in 2014 is approximately $1.3 million.

Ferrysburg:

• North Ottawa County Council on Aging Millage Renewal
Voters here will also be asked to decided on a 10-year, 0.25-mill renewal for the purpose of providing funds for senior services. The city estimates revenue collected in 2015, if the millage is approved, will be $39,600.

Grand Haven:

•Council on Aging Millage
Grand Haven voters will also be asked to decide on the renewal of a 0.25-mill levy for 10 years for the North Ottawa County Council on Aging, also known as Four Pointes. If approved, the levy is estimated to raise $125,968 in the first year.

Crockery Township:

• Crockery Fire Protection Millage
Voters will be asked to approve a levy for 1.5 mills for township fire protection services. The purpose is to fund the operation and maintenance of the township fire department; and the acquisition, operation and maintenance of fire and rescue vehicles, apparatus and equipment, as well as real property and improvements used for fire protection. It is estimated that $209,986 would be generated in the first year.

Robinson Township:

• Fire Department Millage Renewal
Voters will be asked to renew a fire department millage of 1.5762 mills for 16 years to provide operating funds and equipment for the township fire department. The estimated revenue the township will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2015 is about $336,451.

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