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Report Finds Savings for Douglas/Saugatuck Merger

Bobby Gaunt (L) and Travis Randolph (R) discuss their efforts to consolidate Saugatuck & Douglas during a press briefing on Apr. 1, 2013
Bobby Gaunt (L) and Travis Randolph (R) discuss their efforts to consolidate Saugatuck & Douglas during a press briefing on Apr. 1, 2013

ALLEGAN COUNTY. MI (WHTC) -- A new report finds that a merger between the Village of Douglas and the City of Saugatuck could reduce the millage rate for residents of the area.  The Citizens Research Council of Michigan report estimates that 500-thousand dollars in savings could result if the merger goes through.  The operating millage required to fund the reduced spending would drop from 13 mills in Saugatuck and 13.08 mills in Douglas to 10.7 mills across the merged city.  The question of whether to consolidate will be on the November 5th ballot.

Story by:  Diane E Coston

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