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Municipal Meetings Tackle Variety of Issues

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UNDATED (WHTC) - It may be Tulip Time in Holland, but that doesn’t mean that governmental activity grinds to a halt elsewhere along the Lakeshore.

Last night, the Zeeland City Council approved a municipal budget for Fiscal 2015. The 42.3 million-dollar spending plan, which goes into effect on July 1, takes into account a number of needed capital improvements throughout the city. However, due in large part to improving property values, the annual tax rate of around 11 mills will not need to be increased for a sixth straight year, as revenue is estimated at 44.4 million dollars.

A somewhat controversial proposal to allow off-road vehicles on some Allegan County roads is on this morning’s agenda of a joint county tourist council and parks commission meeting. One of the arguments from grassroots group pushing for such an allowance is that it would help improve tourism, while opponents cite liability and safety concerns. The county Board tabled the issue at its last meeting, citing the need for more discussion about all of the pros and cons of the proposal.

Finally, some needed road and sewer work this spring is the subject of a special public meeting by the Saugatuck City Council tonight. Staffers will go over plans to renovate Butler, Hoffman, Main and Maple streets, along with expanding the Village Square parking lot. They want to have the work done by the time the summer tourist season is in full swing.

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