OUR VIEWS: Give village residents the vote

Jul 11, 2012

It’s not realistic to expect that any village in 2012 can operate under an act that was created in 1909.

It may have made sense then, but things have been known to change over 112 years. This is really no different.

To not allow authority for the village residents to vote for such an action is unacceptable.

If the only way for that to happen is to have an amendment added to the charter — which would require a vote of the village residents and approval by the governor — so be it. It needs to change.

By not giving residents a voice, it forces them to pay both township and village taxes.

When consolidation and shared services are common practice in the public sector, it’s time that Spring Lake gets on board and makes some decisions that will benefit its residents and create an environment that will allow economic growth.

This isn’t a matter of whether or not a consolidation of the village and township government is in the best interest of residents — it’s a matter of the charter giving the residents a voice, and allowing the people to have that vote.

Good, bad or indifferent — it should up to the people.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Kevin Collier and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

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