LETTER TO THE EDITOR: If you demolish Village of SL

Jun 10, 2012


  I have documented most of the jobs entitled for the Village of Spring Lake; all of this information is available in the yearly budget (springlakevillage.org/government/budgets).   Will the township take ownership of all of this? Essentially, you are giving all the village jobs to the township. Those jobs don’t disappear; someone needs to do all of this.   The township will have to charge no matter what the top three — building debt, Harbor Transit and street debt. They cannot implement it to the township residents; that would not be right. The general expenses listed, should the township take over — such as park maintenance, Tanglefoot, Barber School, etc. Therefore, they are firing the village workers that do this in order to hire more township employees to do this, because they cannot just add it to their workload.   Spring Lake Village: millage, 11.6619; 0.4402 village debt, 0.9898 Harbor Transit, 0.2280 street debt, total: 1.6580.   10.0039 items as follows: Boards: council, Parks Board, CBDDA, zoning, historic. Administration: manager, treasurer, planning, zoning, water and sewer, code compliance, inspections, legal services. DPW: snow plowing, brush and leaf pick-up, Central Park cleanup, Spring Lake Beach cleanup, Mill Point Park, street-end flowerpots, water bills for the parks and sprinkling the village, storm water system, Fire Department, police. Barber School, Heritage Festival, website, boat launch, Tanglefoot Park and docks, kayak, concession stand, street lighting.   The information I have documented is fact from the village budget, the only information offered that can be backed up by actual documents.   — Amy Schmidt, Fruitport




Thanks Amy, good to see someone take the time to look at some of the numbers. I asked Joyce Hatton, who started the petition, how distribution of services was planned to be organized and she did not seem to be worried about it, more of just get it on the ballot then we'll go from there. I'm sure some money could be saved by combining services with the township, but, before this can go forward there needs to be some kind of plan of what/who stays and goes.


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