Museum earns voter support in Spring Lake

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Spring Lake voters approved renewing a museum millage of 0.25-mill for six years — from 2015 through 2020 — by a vote of 1,265 to 621 on Tuesday.

Tri-Cities Historical Museum Director Steve Radtke said he appreciated voters’ approval of the levy.

“It’s pretty essential to our operations,” he said. “That money is used for the general operations for the museum. It is pretty essential to our services.”

The millage funds are paid to the museum pursuant to a contract between the museum and Spring Lake Township. Radtke said the passage allows for continued operations, repair, maintenance and improvement of the museum and its related facilities.

The estimated revenue the township will collect in 2015 is approximately $173,077. For the owner of a home with a value of $200,000, the cost of the millage would be $25 a year.

Radtke said the millage was crucial for the overall operation of the museum going forward.

Without the support from the Spring Lake community, the museum would likely have to look at ways it could offer services to the community, but at a reduced capacity.

“We’d certainly have to look at what our next steps (would be),” Radtke said. “(It’d likely be) cutting back on non-essential services and staff.”

The millage with Spring Lake is one of several the museum has with communities in the Tri-Cities. The museum also gets support from voters who live in Grand Haven City, Grand Haven Township and Ferrysburg.

Read the complete story in today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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