County Sets Bond Millage Dates

March 26, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County commissioners have two important dates circled on their calendars, May 13 and Aug. 3.

On May 13, board members will decide whether to create a bond package to purchase 1.25 acres of riverfront land on Monroe Avenue between Michigan and Trowbridge streets; an office building and its parking lot at 82 Ionia Avenue NW; and more land for Millennium Park.

The amount of the package will be known then, but it is not to exceed $16 million.

Then on Aug. 3, voters will decide whether to approve a millage request for a new zoo and wildlife park to be built on the East Beltline.

The request will be 0.55 mills for 25 years. If ratified by voters, the tax would raise $150 million for the creation and operation of the 165-acre park that would be located next to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

“It’s time to let the voters tell us what they want to do,” said Commissioner Dan Koorndyk.

“I think enough has been said,” added Commission Chairman David Morren.           

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