GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids City Clerk's Office is reminding residents of a special election for voter who live in the boundaries and Kentwood Public Schools (KPS).

The election is on Tuesday, May 7 and for those who specifically live in the city's Third Ward in precincts 51, 54, 56, 57 and 58. 

According to city officials, a KPS operating millage renewal proposal is on the special ballot. Voters are being asked to consider renewing the current assessment of 18 mills on non-homestead properties. They are not on the owner's primary resident and not protected by the homestead exemption.

“This election is not for all voters in the city of Grand Rapids,” City Clerk Joel Hondorp said. “Only the voters who reside in the Kentwood Public Schools District will participate.”

Per Michigan election law, the Election Commission consolidated all five precincts into one polling place. The polling place for these precincts will be located at Brookside Christian Reformed Church, 3600 Kalamazoo Ave. SE.  The polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 7.

Voters are also eligible to apply for an absentee ballot without reason. To request an absentee application, contact the Clerk’s office at 616.456.3010 or email

For more information about the ballot question, check out the Kentwood Public Schools' April 2019 newsletter.

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