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Saugatuck-Douglas Consolidation Report Presented Tonight

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Beachgoers on the shores of Lake Michigan in Saugatuck, Michigan.
Beachgoers on the shores of Lake Michigan in Saugatuck, Michigan.

SAGUATUCK (WHTC) - A report on the proposed consolidation of Saugatuck and Douglas into a single city will be presented Tuesday night at Saugatuck High School. Eric Lupher of the Consolidated Research Council will give the presentation at 6 p.m. at the high school auditorium on Elizabeth Street. It’s about six weeks until voters in the two cities decide whether they should become one. The C-R-C report, which was paid for by the city councils in the two communities, estimates taxpayers would save more than $500,000 through consolidation, largely by eliminating duplicate positions such as city manager, city clerk, as well as consolidating public works departments. That’s about 17 percent of what the two cities spend in their current general fund budgets.

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