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Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

Wyoming School Board of Education delays millage vote

WYOMING, Mich. – The Wyoming Public Schools Board of Education is delaying a public vote on a bond proposal, after backlash from the Kent County Taxpayers Alliance.

On May 15, the Alliance announced it would oppose the district’s tax in August, calling it a “rapid-fire” election that’s “a waste of taxpayer dollars.”  The same millage failed in a public vote on May 7.

During a work session on May 20, the Board of Education voted to wait until November 2013 to place the bond issue on the ballot.  The Board previously planned to put the tax to a vote during the August 2013 election, but members agreed extra time is needed to make any necessary changes to the bond proposal.

During the work session, board members also discussed possibly relocating programs and using different facilities, including the former Newhall building, to alleviate crowding.  The Board is expected to vote on those proposals during their regular meeting June 10 at 6 p.m.

Want to be Mayor? Time is running out!

WYOMING, Mich.—Time is running out for residents to enter the race for Mayor or City Council.

The filing deadline is Tuesday, May 14 at 4 p.m.  In November, voters will elect a representative for four offices:  Mayor, Councilmember at Large (two openings), and Councilmember 1st Ward.  Each elected official will serve a four year term.

For more information, contact the Wyoming City Clerk’s office at (616) 530-7296.

City of Wyoming Looking For Staff With Different Skills

City of Wyoming Looking For Staff With Different Skills

As part of getting ready for the coming seasons, and also to fill some empty spaces, the City of Wyoming has several job openings right now, including in Police, Water, and Parks and Recreation. See City of Wyoming Current Job Postings Page for more information for something that might fit your skills.

Congressman Bill Huizenga Statement About Unemployment

Congressman Bill Huizenga Statement About Unemployment

 

Huizenga Statement On Latest Unemployment Report

 

Washington, DC – Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) released the following statement on the national unemployment report for January:

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Find the grades for legislators in your district through The Sierra Club's full scorecard.  

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