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From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

Libraries and other organizations such as schools, police and fire departments that provide essential tax-supported services have been working with state lawmakers for nearly a year to brainstorm ways to replace the business equipment personal property tax (PPT) if it is eliminated

Replacement is critical because without it, the services Kent County residents rely on will be at the very least irreparably damaged, and in some cases may cease entirely. Kent District Library applauded senators who recognized the value and necessity of our services, and were heartened that a “poison pill” replacement provision was included in a Senate measure that passed on May 10. While this solution is far from perfect, it is better than nothing. The provision provides that if a future legislature fails to restore revenue lost by elimination of the PPT, the PPT will be restored.

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - City Budget nearing Approval

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - City Budget nearing Approval

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

The City of Wyoming is closing in on the final Council approval of our City Financial Plan (Budget) for 2012-13.  The budget document, as we call it, is probably the largest policy statement the City Council reviews and considers every year.  This document is the result of countless hours of staff time, and subsequent Council time in the preparation, presentation, and review of City financial resources and information.  The budget begins on July 1, 2012, is completed on June 30, 2013, and guides the financial actions of the City for this period. 

In this document, all of the funding is shown for services like police, fire, water, sewer, parks, recreation, building inspections, the City Manager and much, much more.  If the City does not fund an operation, department, or project, it does not get done. 

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Personal Property Tax

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Personal Property Tax

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

Over the coming months, you are going to hear a lot of municipal officials talk about the Personal Property Tax (PPT) paid  by the business community.  The PPT is a tax businesses pay on furnishings and equipment that is equivalent to our millage rate.  The business community sees this tax as a disincentive to invest in new furnishings and equipment, while the local government community, City’s, School’s, County’s, and any entity collecting millage, is dependent on the PPT for operations.  For the City of Wyoming, this tax accounts for approximately $3,000,000 in total revenue, and with the current changes proposed by the legislature, it proposes to reduce that amount to approximately $1,800,000.  In other words, a loss of approximately $1,200,000 in revenue across all funds. 

Wyomonig Schools to hold hearing to discuss proposed Bullying Policy

Wyoming Public Schools will be holding a school board hearing on April 30th at 5:00pm to discuss their proposed updated bullying policy. The meeting will be held at the Gladiola Elementary all-purpose room.

Questions and comments related to the policy should be directed to Matt Lewis or Dr. Thomas Reeder at the district's administration offices by calling (616)530-7550 or by  email to lewism2@wyomingps.org or reedert@wyomingps.org.

You can review the proposed policy by clicking here.

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Change

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Change

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

This past week Wyoming Public Schools approved a plan to combine Wyoming Park High School with Rogers High School.  This change means that years of historical rivalries and pride will now end, and students will start new traditions and rivalries at the new “Wyoming High School”.  Both of my daughters are Rogers High School graduates and “Golden Hawks”; my wife works at Rogers and is also a “Golden Hawk”.  Although I think the decision to combine these schools is difficult for my wife and daughters, I think the School Board and School Administration have done a good job in reviewing the options and creating a plan that is the best for the students of Wyoming Public Schools. 

City of Wyoming Approves Tax Abatement for Michigan Turkey Producers

Wyoming, Mich., March 20, 2012 –The Wyoming City Council approved a 12-year tax abatement request for Michigan Turkey Producers during the March 19 council meeting.

Michigan Turkey Producers has been growing in the City of Wyoming for over a decade and currently produces both raw and cooked turkey products in its facilities at 1100 Hall Street and 2140 Chicago Drive.  The Hall Street location is slated to receive a personal property investment of $2,300,000 and is estimated to add 25 new jobs.  The Chicago Drive location is scheduled to receive a personal property investment of $1,440,000 and a real property investment of $9,200,000, as well as add 10 new jobs.  These planned expansions will allow the company to increase production in order to support a growing demand for turkey products.

3rd Congressional District Presidential Primary Results

3rd Congressional District Presidential Primary Results

The Presidential Primary Election was held throughout Michigan on Tuesday. In the 3rd Congressional District (includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Ionia, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, and Walker among others), the majority of voters supported Rick Santorum.

The top three candidates were Rick Santorum with 31,990 votes, Mitt Romney with 30,876 votes, and Ron Paul with 7,792 votes.

Full election results can be seen by clicking here.