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Busy Municipal Meeting Wednesday Along Lakeshore


UNDATED (WHTC) - Three city councils along the Lakeshore meet today, with two of them holding special morning sessions.

The gas fired power plant owned by Consumers Energy in Zeeland has challenged a tax assessment, as the Jackson-based utility claims that there is a huge gap between the actual value and the taxable value of their holdings. The city has assessed the value of the plant at about 500 million dollars, but utility spokesman Roger Morgenstern says the plant is worth less than half that and that Consumers should be paying half the local taxes. Mayor Kevin Klynstra says that would cost the the city about 700 thousand dollars a year in lost revenue that would have to be covered with higher taxes or fewer services - or both. Zeeland Public Schools would also see a hit in revenues. The final decision is up to the Michigan Tax Tribunal; the Zeeland City Council held a special meeting and retained a special legal counsel in the matter this morning.

In addition, Saugatuck’s council will consider a six-month trial period for sidewalk cafes, while Holland’s leaders will review ordinance proposals from the city's Neighborhood Improvement Committee during their scheduled work-study session tonight.