What's on the ballot?

Alex Doty • Nov 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Election Day is Tuesday, and there are multiple contested races and several ballot proposals in communities across Northwest Ottawa County.

Here is a rundown of what’s on the ballot in several local communities:

Contested Races

Ferrysburg mayor

The top vote recipient will serve a two-year term.

• Regina Sjoberg

• Rebecca K. Hopp

RELATED: Meet Ferrysburg’s mayoral candidates

Ferrysburg City Council

The top three vote recipients will serve a four-year term.

• Michael DeWitt, incumbent

• Dan Matteson

• Scott Blease

• Richard Carlson

• Ivy Barnes

RELATED: Meet Ferrysburg’s candidates for City Council

Grand Haven mayor

The top vote recipient will serve a two-year term.

• Geri McCaleb, incumbent

• Mike Fritz

RELATED: Get to know Grand Haven’s mayoral candidates

Grand Haven City Council:

Top two vote recipients will be elected to serve a four-year term.

• Robert Monetza, incumbent

• Dennis C. Scott, incumbent

• Andy Cawthon

RELATED: Meet Grand Haven’s City Council candidates

Grand Haven Board of Light & Power

Top two vote recipients will serve six-year terms.

• Gerry Witherell, incumbent

• Larry L. Kieft, incumbent

• Lane Sterenberg

RELATED: Get to know the BLP candidates

Ballot Proposals

City of Ferrysburg Charter Amendment

The ballot proposal asks Ferrysburg voters if they want to amend the City Charter to read: "When the proposition to sell, lease, or dispose of any park, cemetery or any part thereof, the proposition to sell, lease, or dispose of the same shall also be approved by a three-fifths majority of the electors of the city voting thereon at any general or special election.”

City of Ferrysburg Smith’s Bridge Millage Proposal

Voters will be asked whether they want to approve an up-to-3-mills millage request for 20 years to fund the replacement of the Smith's Bayou bridge. If approved, each mill levied would amount to an extra $100 a year for the owner of a $200,000 house. Each mill would generate an additional $170,000 per year for the city, or $3.4 million over the length of the levy. If all 3 mills are levied, it would bring in $10.2 million, not factoring in changes in taxable values over the two decades.

RELATED: Smith’s Bridge millage request in the hands of Ferrysburg voters

Spring Lake Village Charter Revision

According to the current Village Charter, the question of revising it is to be placed before the electors every 20 years. The charter was last revised in 1997. If voters approve the ballot question, they would then decide on a five-member Charter Commission in a subsequent election. Commission members would review the charter in its entirety and potentially make suggestions for changes.

RELATED: Ballot revision question may be confusing to SL Village voters

Spring Lake Public Schools Operating Millage (Headlee Override) Proposal

The operation millage “Headlee override” proposal asks voters to allow the district to override the Headlee Amendment and collect the full 18-mill levy. The tax is levied against non-principal residences and non-exempt properties. Primary homeowners aren’t impacted by the tax.

If approved Tuesday, it would generate about $31,000 for the 2017-18 school year. If the proposal isn’t approved by voters, the district would lose $31,000.

The district experienced a rollback during the summer tax collection, and the amount will continue to grow in the future, district officials say.

For the 2017-18 school year, the full 18-mill levy is expected to generate about $2.75 million. The district uses those funds for general operation expenses such as salaries, transportation and supplies. The state doesn’t make up the funding if districts don’t collect the full 18 mills.

RELATED: SL schools ask voters to restore full operating millage


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