HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - A contentious issue was finally dealt with by Holland City Council last night.
In a special business meeting, the members voted 7-1 on approving a new fee schedule for rental properties in the Tulip City. The current 75-dollar charge for the first unit remains unchanged, much to the relief of landlords who balked loudly at public hearings earlier this month when a hike of up to 115 dollars was proposed. However, there will now be charges of 50 dollars for a first re-inspection if violations are spotted, with 50-dollar increments for subsequent follow ups if needed, and a 600-dollar levy if the city attorney’s office has to get into the matter. This was a fair compromise in the eyes of Mayor Kurt Dykstra as the extra money will help restore the city’s inspection staff that had been trimmed due to budget cuts in recent years. Todd Whiteman was the lone no vote on the issue, with Dave Hoekstra stepping aside because he is a landlord himself.