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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.

Voters at the Kenowa Hills Middle School

Voters at the Kenowa Hills Middle School

A scheduling conflict will prevent voters from going to their usual location inside the school.

Voting will be conducted in a different room which is the BAND ROOM on the east end of the building. Signs will direct voters to the large parking lot on the east end of the middle school building and to follow the sidewalk to your precinct.

Contact Clerk Jean Wahlfield at 784-1262 with any questions or concerns.

Two-for-One Special: Schmidt, Dillon to Host Joint May Coffee Hours

State Representatives Roy Schmidt (D-Grand Rapids) and Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) are inviting residents to join them for an informal conversation about improving state government at one of their weekly joint coffee hours.

Schmidt and Dillon's May weekly coffee hours are as follows:

Alpine Township Harvester - From the Clerks's Desk

by Jean Wahlfield

Elections, elections, and more elections……3 more elections to be held in 2012:

Alpine Township HostsTraining Session for Election Workers

Alpine Township HostsTraining Session for Election Workers

It was a full house at the Alpine Township Hall Wednesday as about 70 election workers from Algoma, Alpine, Grand Rapids and Sparta Townships as well as from the city of Walker received a briefing on the upcoming presidential primary election and some of the changes they may have to contend with.  The meeting was conducted by Kent County Election Director Susan deSteiguer. The County Clerk's Office Elections Division oversees all elections conducted in Kent County with respect to Michigan Election Law and Federal Election Law. The Primary Presidential Election will take place in Michigan on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

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Breakfast with Congressman Amash

Breakfast with Congressman Amash

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast with Congressman Justin Amash, who represents Michigan’s 3rd District.  The breakfast is scheduled on Monday, December 12 from 7:30am – 9:30am at the Hilton Hotel at 4747 28th Street SE.  The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  To register go to  www.grandrapids.org/congressional-breakfast  or call 616-771-0303.   

 

The 3rd Congressional District covers Barry and Ionia counties and most of Kent County.  Amash serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  He is a Republican from Cascade Township.

Alpine Township - From the Clerk’s Desk

Alpine Township - From the Clerk’s Desk

Election workers, precinct inspections, poll workers, and sometimes other not so nice references are just a few of the names used to describe the people that are working at your precinct on Election Day. Alpine election workers are trained prior to each election and carry out their election day duties with pride and integrity. They do their job in accordance to State election law and regulations which may clash with the opinions of the public. It's not an easy job and comes with low pay and long hours. Alpine Township appreciates all the work done by past and present election workers.