Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association suing City of Grand Rapids
Patrick Center March 7, 2014 | WGVU The confusion arose over the state’s February 25th deadline required for proposals to be sent to the county clerk 68 days ahead of the election.
County Elections Coordinator, Sue deSteiguer, says the email she received from City Attorney, Catherine Mish, on January 24th referring to the street tax proposal four days before the city commission approved the ballot language meets state requirements.
“And we looked at the statute and it was very clear that the law requires the city to at least notify and certify through the county clerk the ballot language. They did not do that and therefore it should not be on the ballot in May.”
Attorney Jeff Steinport represents the Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association.He says the suit is about following rules and saving the city the $80,000 spent on what could be an invalid election.
Does ballot language on a local proposal need to be certified by the county? Steinport says, yes.
“We even have documentation from the Secretary of State of Michigan that has the same deadlines on their documentation and we have an interpretation from the state legislature saying the exact same thing. All local issues still have to be certified.”
Steinport says the city and county must abide by the rules and that the ballot proposal can go before the voters during the August or November elections. ListenDownload
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