Tuesday GR residents vote on income tax extension

Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) Tuesday is election day across West Michigan. A number of school districts are asking for millage renewals as well as some increases.

In Grand Rapids, voters are also being asked to approve an extension of an income tax increase first approved by voters in 2010. The money will be used to repair crumbling city roads and sidewalks.

Groups for and against the proposal spent Monday calling voters and encouraging them to get out to the polls.

Ed Kettle is with the group 'Fix Our Roads GR' which favors the extension, "If you vote for this, your taxes will not go up one bit. We are asking for a renewal of 2-tenths of one percent which was voted in 5 years ago... " said Kettle. "This money will go directly to a restricted and dedicated fund for roads."

The opposition says it's politics as usual, with city leaders keeping a tax they originally told residents was temporary. " When they originally increased the tax, they said it would be temporary," said Scott Hagerstrom. He is the state director of Americans for the Prosperity of Michigan. "Here they are now, wanting to continue it another few years... 15 years!"

Polls open on Tuesday at 7am until 8pm. We will have results on our website as soon as they start to come in.


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