UNDATED (WHTC) - No candidates are on the ballot, but voters in many Lakeshore school districts are being asked to go to the polls today.
A vast majority of districts are asking for the annual renewal of the 18-mill non-homestead tax for operational expenses. Holland, West Ottawa, Hamilton and Fennville in the immediate Tulip City area are on that list, along with Allegan, Allendale, Coopersville, Fruitport, Glenn, Grand Haven, Hudsonville, Martin and Spring Lake.
Two other districts have bond issues on the ballot. Fennville is seeking a half mill levy for a building and sinking fund, while Allegan seeks .85 mill for an 18.5 million-dollar bond to be used for equipment and technology upgrades.
A couple of other municipal proposals are seeking voter approval. In Hudsonville, a six-tenths of a mill increase is sought for public transportation, essentially to establish service with Grand Rapids’ Rapid. Macatawa Area Express officials are hopeful that approval could be a step towards a link with the Calder City’s mass transit network. Meanwhile, Monterey Township wants a five mill renewal for its roads. Some voters in both Ottawa and Allegan counties are also being asked to consider Grand Rapids Community College’s 98.6 million-dollar bond request.
Polls are open from 7 AM through 8 PM.