Read carefully

To the Editor: Voters: When you vote in the August primary please be careful to read all of the ballot carefully.
Aug 1, 2014

I refer especially to the millage renewal for Four Pointes, our Senior Center.   This organization is doing a fabulous job supporting the needs of seniors. 

To this millage renewal request is attached another Tax Increment Financing proposal.  This proposal takes taxed money from the Senior Center and sends it to other local agencies.  The ballot reads:  "a small amount"  but it does not tell the voter how much.   Voters have the right to know the numbers.  When one votes for the Senior Center (or the library or museum, etc.)  all of the voted money should go to that organization, not some of the money diverted to other agencies.  We should be allowed to vote on separate proposals  for a single agency only,  we should not be required to vote a package deal,  since the voter may approve of only parts of the package.

If you Google "Tax Increment Financing" you can learn all about how this legal, undemocratic  gimmick manipulates your tax dollars.  

Alice Akin
Grand Haven

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