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Grand Rapids votes on tax for parks
Grand Rapids voted Tuesday on whether to increase property taxes to help give city parks and pools a $4-million boost.
Voters gave wide approval to a 7 year, 0.98-mill levy on the ballot, which will be used for park repairs and improvements, as well as the operation of city swimming pools.
The city clerk's office said the proposal passed 60 percent to 40 percent.
Officials said the increased property tax would cost the average Grand Rapids homeowner about $45 per year.
A mill is $1 per $1,000 of a property's assessed value, and Michigan assesses property at half its estimated market value.