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Holland City Council Tables Rental Fee Inspection Increase

Holland City Council Chambers (photo courtesy City of Holland)
Holland City Council Chambers (photo courtesy City of Holland)

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) -- Wednesday evening’s Holland City Council Meeting had a few items on the agenda that could affect  a number of residents.  Community Development Coordinator Joel Dye asked for an increase in inspection fees for Fiscal Year 2014 on residential rental properties.  Dye gave a detailed presentation on reasons for the increase.  A few rental property owners were in attendance.  David Vandersluis has two rental properties and he made the point that any increase would be passed on to renters and that many times, renters are on the lower end of the wage schedule.  He aslo said that this increse would be a hardship to many renters.  Other people who spoke made the same type of comments, saying that most renters could not afford to buy a home.  After some discussion, it was voted to table the motion of raising those fees.  A study session is set for next Wednesday to discuss the issue and it will be on the next regular meeting scheduled for October 16th.

Story by:  Diane E Coston