Yet, as each year goes by, it seems that fewer and fewer people exercise that right. That duty is lost somewhere between dropping the kids off at school and the mad evening rush to pull all the pieces of life together.
But this Tuesday, May 6, carve just 10 minutes from your busy life to cast your ballot. That is all the time it takes.
Why this election?
Because there are four ballot issues of local importance that could have significant impact on your tax rates and your children’s education. Combined, the total price tag for all four issues is just shy of $100 million.
Grand Haven Area Public Schools seeks two separate bond proposals — one for technology improvements, roof replacements, site improvements and buses; another for remodeling and construction work for athletic facilities, performing arts and cafeterias.
Spring Lake Public Schools is back to the voters after a November ballot defeat. The district’s leaders reached out to community members and retooled the proposal, essentially dividing it into two separate issues. The first is focused on construction and remodeling; the second geared toward athletic facilities.
As you can see, this is an important election.
Before you vote for or against the levies, we urge you to arm yourself with information. Our special elections website is located at www.grandhaventribune.com/elections and has all the news articles and letters to the editors to help you make your decision.
Then, please, vote.
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