Money for roads: G.R. Streets millage supporters rally

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Supporters of the effort to extend a city income tax increase to fix streets and sidewalks are gearing up for next Tuesday's vote.

Monday, Mayor George Heartwell donned a hard hat and shovel as he patched potholes on Lake Michigan Drive along with Michigan's Department of Transportation director, Kirk Steudle. It was a photo opportunity to generate publicity for next week's vote; supporters of the proposal were also set to gather at Brewery Vivant Monday. The brewery has come up with a new beer, Pothole Stout, in a symbolic show of support for the vote.

"If the people vote 'yes' on this it's going to help us get back our good streets in Grand Rapids again," Heartwell told WZZM.

The vote extends for 15 years an income tax increase that was set to expire. The money would fix city roads and sidewalks, removing owner responsibility for sidewalk repairs when a property is sold.

Michael Farage, an opponent of the tax, went door to door again Monday, spreading his message. "I believe very strongly that not only is this a very dangerous election, but if we turn over all taxation power to the city then we will see a domino effect of tax increases over the next eight months that could be out of control."


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