Park Millage Won't go on November Ballot

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

At Tuesday's Ingham County Board of Commissioners meeting, voters spoke out against the special millage to support parks in the region. Many said they're taxed out.

"You see a chance to get your hands on some money and you go for it, all the time," said Lansing resident John Pollard.

However, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero strongly believes everyone in the county should pay for what he calls parks that are an asset to the region, like the River Trail.

"Regional support for regional destinations. It's an issue of fairness for our taxpayers and also an issue of just practical reality," said Mayor Bernero.

He wanted the Board of Commissioners to place the question on the November ballot. That is, to ask voters if they will support a 0.5 mill increase for four years. That comes out to about $25 for someone who owns a $100,000 home.

"There's just a lot of things we have to decide and the idea that we should decide them right now because Mayor Bernero asked us last week, so we should make a rush to get him some money, it just seems to me to be crazy," said Ingham County Commissioner Mark Grebner.

Commisioners voted instead to send the proposal to the County Services Committee for further consideration. That means it will not go before voters in November.

"Doing it next year might work, we might actually pull together a real plan," said Commissioner Grebner.

The mayor is eager for the plan to move forward because he says maintaining some of those regional attractions without help from the region is becoming too much of a burden for the city.


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