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2011-2012 Adopted General Budget

On Monday, June 20, the Alpine Township Board of Trustees adopted the general budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011. Available here is a copy of the approved budget, however the figures for the 2010-2011 fiscal year can not be completed until after June 30, 2011.

Election Information - Looking Ahead to 2012

Next year will be a busy year for elections with the possibility of the Clerk's Department conducting four elections in 2012. The biggest election days will be held in August and November which will include the Presidential race and selecting Alpine officials to the positions of Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer and four Trustees. The election of many other local, state, and federal officials will crowd the August and November ballot.

New Census data may change your voting precinct location in 2012. The process of redistricting begins on many levels and trickles down to the local units of government. The new information may not reach Alpine Township until late Fall 2011. If you are assigned to a new voting precinct you will receive a new voter ID card by mail.

Any Michigan voter can go on-line at anytime to verify that they are registered and find the location of their voting precinct at www.michigan.gov/vote.

School Elections 2011

School Elections 2011

Election workers at the six Alpine Township precincts saw very small turn outs at the polls yesterday. 395 voters cast their vote by absentee ballot, while 295 visited the polls.  Most votes were in the Comstock Park School District, where there was a contested election for local school board. The election was won by Denise Clement.  Residents in the Sparta and Kenowa School Districts saw no local contests, while all three districts voted for trustees of Grand Rapids Community College...


Alpine Township Supervisor's Report

By Alex Arends, Township Supervisor

Our 2010-2011 fiscal year ends June 30th and bar any unforeseen catastrophes, Alpine Township did a great job of keeping its expenditures below the amount of revenues collected. All the credit should go to the Township staff. The Board of Trustees is in the process of reviewing and approving the 2011-2012 budget. A public hearing will take place at the regular scheduled Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, May 16, 2011 beginning at 7:00 PM. One of the challenges the Board faces is to determine the exact amount of state revenues that will be made available to the Township next year. Municipalities rely heavily on constitutional state shared revenues. These funds are a portion of the 6% sales tax collected.

Drop in Population Will Result in Decrease Revenues

KHPS - School Board Election

From: http://www.khps.org

Two citizens, Curt Orsinger and Melissa Courtade, will run for two school board vacancies. Curt is running as an incumbent, and Melissa hopes to fill the vacancy that will be left by Chelly Heeringa. Thanks Curt and Melissa for your willingness to serve, and thanks Chelly for four years of service.

Curt Orsinger: I look forward to serving a second term on the KHPS Board. I will continue to work toward providing effective fiscal oversight and policy development while assessing the effectiveness of all operations. I remain committed to assuring we provide quality educational programs that lead to improved student achievement.

KHPS - Letter from the Superintendent

KHPS - Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Friends,

During my 30 years in education, I have never seen a budget proposal from a governor that will so severely impact all public schools. I want to take this opportunity to provide you with how Governor Snyder’s budget will directly affect Kenowa Hills Public Schools.

Over the last three years, the Kenowa Hills Board of Education has made budget reductions of over $4 million, including closing three buildings and reducing staff by 27 teachers, 25 support staff and three administrators. Last year, our employees agreed to higher insurance co-pays, paying a portion of their insurance premiums, and pay freezes to help protect the integrity of our instructional programs.

May 3rd school board election

May 3rd school board election

Do you know who is vying for the Comstock Park Public Schools Board of Education?

There is one seat open in the May 3rd election.

Voters will choose between Denise Clement and Frank Pfaff.  Neither candidate is an incumbent.

The winner will serve a four year term on the school board.

Voting begins at 7am on Tuesday, May 3rd and closes at 8pm.  Voters can cast their ballot at their regular voting location.