The township boasts a myriad of retailers, including big box stores, Meijer and Walmart, as well as several industrial facilities, a movie theater, schools and area parks. It is a very well-traversed area for many Tri-Cities residents.
As gas prices continue to increase, so will the need for public transportation in all areas of the country, and the Tri-Cities is no exception. According to the 2010 Census, Grand Haven Township’s population jumped 1,900 people, resulting in a total population of more than 15,100. As the township continues to increase in population, there will be a greater need for public transportation to its residents and venues.
The remaining transportation millage will be used to supplement road projects and maintenance done by the Ottawa County Road Commission. The Road Commission and the township alike have experienced a continual decrease in state revenue sharing. The township has also seen a dip in property taxes, leaving little money available to upgrade and maintain its roads.
Township residents will need to step up to the plate and help pay for road maintenance if they want to see improvements.
While some may balk at township officials for rolling the Harbor Transit and road issues into one package, we support the township’s “systems” approach for the transportation millage.