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Park millage to go on November ballot If passed, owner of $100K home would pay $49/year

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids voters will be asked to support the city’s Parks and Recreation Department in November.

City commissioners voted Tuesday to put the millage on ballot. The vote was unanimous.

The group Neighbors for Parks Pool and Playgrounds asked the commissioners to place the question on the ballot last month.

NP3 said it wants taxpayers to fund some much-needed improvements in Grand Rapids’ city parks.

If voters say yes, the .98 mill, seven-year request would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $49 per year.

Mark Miller, the chairman of NP3, said earlier that the millage would raise $4 million for city parks each year.

Supporters said they see the funding as a way to invest in the city’s neighborhoods.

Much of that funding would be used to rehabilitate the parks, which have fallen into disrepair as a result of city budget cuts.

Each summer, $600,000 would fund pools at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Richmond Hills Park and Briggs Park.

City Commissioners have also agreed to guarantee that current park contributions from the city’s General Fund budget, which covers administrative and basic maintenance costs, be maintained.

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