Holland property owners will be paying less than originally planned for a snowmelt expansion in their neighborhood.

A $500,000 donation sparked the snowmelt expansion on Central Avenue. Originally, property owners were supposed to pay a fee based on the amount of sidewalk space along their respective property.

But on Thursday, Oct. 19, the city council decided to lower their rate by requiring property owners to pay for the driveway space instead.

It comes after some residents claimed they would not get the same benefit from snowmelt as downtown businesses do.

Currently, downtown Holland has the largest municipally-owned snowmelt system in the United States.

City leaders say the new plan will cut the average cost in half. Money from the donation made the discounted rate possible. However, that will only last for three years. Then, city leaders will have to reevaluate the cost.