LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tax increase is unfair

May 3, 2011


Is this fair? The Grand Haven City Council did not ask Grand Haven residents if we wanted Grand Landing built. How much debt did the Grand Haven City Council take on for the development? I urge residents to contact City Council members.

Our council is also proposing to increase the water and sewer rates 12 percent.

— Norma Koopman, Grand Haven



it would be eye opening to find out all that the city has liability for
we should clean house at city hall


Who were the businesses that benefitted from the public service upgrades at Jackson and US-31... How about those businesses being levyed the extra taxes.... The city would never do this because they would close the doors... Pushing employers out of town started years back.... How about NO pay raises across the board for all city employees... this should pay for it all... or start cutting health care benefits or public safety retirement benefits... 80% retirement benefits w/ health care... Cut the Public Safety directors position.... I think they have a 1 capt, 2 Lt, and 5-6 patrol supv... overseeing 3 patrolman on each shift... sounds top heavy... lets start cutting bodies on the payroll and stop letting employees drive city vehicles home at $4.00 gallion.... Some of these employees live in different counties... Maybe the residences that have lived here for over 50 years would support a tax increase if the city shows they are really tighting up the purse strings.

common cents

Part of the problem is people seem blind to this issue. The "C3" issue has 17 comments, yet this, something that really will increase costs for all, only 2 (now 3) replies.
Sad really.


The developers walked out of this scott free. The city did not have the proper contracts in place to cover the resident' behinds and is now taking a bath for their lack of attention to detail. What do they have 14 million in bonds for a property worth maybe 5 mill. Guess who gets to pay? They said time and time again. Residents would not have to pay ANYHTING.


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