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Vote Today! It's your right and privilege

Tuesday, November 2nd, is Election Day, and we as citizens should make every effort to get out and vote, whether it be at the polls or by absentee ballot. This is our chance to pick and choose the people we want in office. Citizens who feel their vote won’t make a difference and do not vote, have no reason to complain later on.

Wyoming voters have a proposal on the ballot to amend the Charter.  If this proposal is approved, it would allow Capital Improvement Millage funds to be used for some of the general operations where needed. This is your chance to voice your opinion.

I am always amazed when I read articles about how few Americans take the time to vote in comparison to people in foreign countries. Some of these people walk for miles to get to the polls to cast their votes. With an absentee ballot that we have available, you only have to make your choices and drop it in the mail

Make an effort to get to the polls this election.

Charter Amendment Proposal

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

The City Council has placed a proposal to amend the Charter on the November 2, 2010 ballot. This proposal would expand the permitted use of funds raised by what is called the Capital Improvements Millage (CIP). The CIP millage is currently levied at 1.8678 mills, and can be used for sewer, water and street improvements. If the proposal is adopted by voters, the CIP millage funds could also be used for general operations of the City. The City Council heard from many residents that they would prefer to see some dedicated millages “undedicated” to provide more options when planning the budget each year.

A certain portion of CIP funds collected each year, about 40%, is committed to paying off bonds, or debt, that were issued to finance large construction projects, such as Byron Center Avenue and Wilson Avenue improvements.

Legislative Luncheon- Monday, October 25, 2010

Kentwood, MI - The Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a legislative luncheon on Monday, October 25th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Elected officials from Wyoming, Kentwood, Byron Township and Gaines Township have been invited to attend.

Elected Officials - $17
Chamber Members - $22
Not-Yet Members - $33

Click Here for additional information.

Candidate Forum at the Kentwood Public Library - Wednesday, October 13

Kentwood, MI - The Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidate Forum at the Kenwood Public Library on Wednesday, October 13th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. They have invited several candidates from both Wyoming and Kentwood from the following races:

3rd District U.S. Senate
28th & 29th District State Senate
72nd & 77th District State Representative

This event is open to the public. Visit http://www.southkent.org/ for additional information.

Applications being accepted for Poll Workers for the November 2, 2010 Election

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

Applications are being accepted for poll workers for the November 2 Election, reports Wyoming City Clerk Heidi Isakson. “We have a large pool of election workers, but we also need people trained and on stand-by in case we have cancellations. In order to accommodate the higher turnout for this election, we may need an additional 30 poll workers.” Election Inspectors set up equipment and voting stations, greet voters, approve voter applications, issue ballots and keep accurate records of the voting process. An election inspector must be a registered voter in Kent County, have clerical experience and ability, and good written and oral communications skills. Those interested must complete an application form, including naming a political party affiliation, and attend a two-hour inspector training session.