Election confusion threatened Grand Rapids streets tax proposal
Caroline MacGregor March 5, 2014 | WGVU City Attorney,
Catherine Mish, says the confusion arose over the state’s February 25th deadline
required for proposals to be sent to the Kent County clerk to be certified - 68
days ahead of the election.
Although somehow overlooked by the city clerk, County Elections Coordinator, Sue
deSteiguer, says an email sent by Mish to the county on January 24th about the proposals four
days before the city commission approved the ballot language will meet state
Mish says after
meeting with both the city and county clerks, it was established that the
ballot language approved in January by the commission was indeed in the hands of the county
director of elections. Mish says the issue has been resolved and
approved by Michigan Elections Director, Chris Thomas.
The City now
has the go ahead to put two proposals on the ballot: the streets proposal along
with a second proposal requesting an amendment to the city charter that would
make the city responsible for sidewalk repairs and construction. The latter is
contingent upon the streets tax proposal.
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