Muskegon County Not Planning To Raise Taxes In 2013 Budget

The budget counts a full reception of EVIP dollars, which the state offers as an incentive to municipalities who comply with three specific conditions: transparency, submitting a consolidation collaboration plan, and compliance with Public Act 152, which deals with health insurance.

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County Board Approves 3 Large Teamsters Labor Contracts

“Our employees have basically stepped up to the plate and taken some hits in terms of health contributions and retirement contributions,” said board chairman Ken Mahoney. “They have taken some sacrifices because they realize the county needs them at this point.”

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County Commission Discusses Ways To Make Solar, Wind Power at Home More Affordable

District 2 Commissioner Alan Jager stated that most panels and turbines have an average life expectancy of 25 years. However, at the cost and tax rates associated with owning and using them, owners can only regain the money on their investment after 15-20, leaving only a few years more to benefit off their purchase.

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County to Save $2.8 Million on Health Insurance Over 3 Years With New Plan, Some Concerns Remain

Commissioner Scott Plummer believes that possibly holding onto 40 county jobs is worth the switch and blamed some of the changes recent federal health care legislation.

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Muskegon County Commissioner Jager Voices Support for Heights on Water Consolidation

Jager said good prior performance, the need for competing water systems to keep prices down, and even questionable financial strength of any one city or the county as reasons for keeping the Heights plant under Heights control.

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In Light of Dantzler Incident, County Board Discusses Support of Community Mental Health

Commissioner Scott Plummer of District 7 expressed concern that last Thursday’s events in Grand Rapids might happen here too if CMH is not adequately supported.

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After Contentious Process, County Commission Finalizes Road Commission Appointment

Terry Sabo will fill the vacant 5th seat on the Muskegon County Road Commission, not Eric Rothoff, whose appointment was debated and overturned. The four-month process has raised questions about the County Commission following its own rules when making appointments.

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