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.2 Millage for Holland Historical Trust added to November ballot

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) -- At their Wednesday evening meeting, Holland’s City Council approved to add to the November ballot a .2 mill-levy for the Holland Historical Trust. The price of the fund will only cost taxpayers an average of fifteen dollars per household, per year for the next four years. Christopher Shires, executive director of the Holland Museum spoke to the council about the Trust’s plans for the funding, if it passes the b allot.

“This (millage) will generate for the trust $600,000 annually which will provide a solid bedrock for us to begin to grow as an institution  our programs, exhibits and what we can give back to our community,” Shires said.

Shires also said that the trust will still depend on some of their own fundraising. In return for the public and private support the Trust will make admission to the Holland Museum free for city and township residents as well as for k through twelfth grade school groups starting July 1. The trust plans to ask Holland Charter Township to put the mill on their ballot and Park Township has already added the mill to theirs. 

Story by: Claire Fodell