City does it right with compromise

Several weeks back, Grand Haven City Council gave the OK for its administration to pursue a bond issue for several big projects headed the city’s way.
Jul 2, 2014

The $5.195 million bond will fund improvements at the City Hall campus and Water Tank Hill, and will also allow the city to update its water billing process.

Looking at the size and scope of the bond — and the amount of work that is going to be done — it’s easy to see these projects are no small undertakings.

With so much at stake, it’s nice to see city administrators heed the advice of some on City Council and come up with a bond size that was a little bit less than originally proposed.

Earlier this year, some members of City Council were concerned over the fact that, with a large General Fund balance, some of the project costs should be offset using that fund instead of being paid for with a bond. As a result, administrators decided to fund part of the Water Tank Hill project using $400,000 from the General Fund. The other half of funds would come from the bond.

While there was still talk among some on City Council about using more of the General Fund to pay for the hill project and going out for even less of a bond, it’s good to see that, in the end, a compromise was reached.

The improvements in town are needed — especially the project at Water Tank Hill. We’d hate to see another disastrous hill washout like the one that occurred in 2013.

And while it might not be the solution everyone on City Council was hoping for in terms of funding, finding a solution that provided a little bit of compromise in order to fund the project is greatly appreciated.

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