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East Express E-Newsletter
January 21, 2016


MAYOR SEIBOLD'S STATE OF THE CITY MESSAGE.  Look in your February water bill for a special update from Mayor Seibold.  Her State of the City letter will highlight the many projects and initiatives our City began or completed this past year. 

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CITY BUDGETING PROCESS BEGINS.  City leaders have begun the annual process of developing the city's budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1.  First, each department develops its goals and objectives for the coming year as a guide to what needs to be accomplished.  

Next, a capital improvement plan is developed outlining any new or replacement equipment or supplies that will be needed to continue operations and implement new programs.  

Finally, the budget document brings together the new programs and equipment with the day-to-day expenses like personnel, utilities, supplies, outside vendors and other operational costs.  

The entire process begins in January with the staff, then is presented to the city commission in a series of work sessions and concludes with a public hearing and adoption of the budget in early June.  Watch for more information over the next several months.


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ASSESSMENT NOTICES.  Notices will be mailed by Feb. 20, 2016.  The Assessor’s Review will be held on Feb. 29 & March 1, 2016.  March Board of Review hearings will be held March 14 and 15, 2016.  You can call 616.940.4818 to make an appointment for either upon receipt of your notice.  Please note, your Assessment Notice as Assessor’s Review and March Board of Review are the only times a valuation issue can be resolved.

The Consumer Price Index for assessment purposes for the 2016 year is .3%.  If there was not a transfer of ownership on your property in 2015, your 2016 taxable value is calculated by multiplying your 2015 taxable value by 1.003.  Physical changes of your property may also increase or decrease your taxable value.  If there was a transfer of ownership on your property in 2015, your 2016 taxable value will be the same as your 2016 state equalized value.

If you have any questions, you can email Vicki Vander Lugt, Assessor, or Stacey Hayes, Assistant Assessor, or call 616.940-4818.


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POLAR PLUNGE.  The East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge will take place on Feb. 13, 2016 at the Middle School and Reeds Lake.  Polar Plunge events throughout the state raise funds for the more than 21,000 athletes that participate in Special Olympics Michigan.  Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Middle School. The parade of costumes will start at 12:45 p.m. with the plunge following immediately.  More information.


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DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE.  Get your dancing shoes ready!  Save the date for the East Grand Rapids: Parks & Recreation Dept. Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  More information.

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST.  Join friends and neighbors for a community pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person or $20 a family for pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee and juice. Kids 5/under eat free.  Gluten free pancakes available.  Tickets available at City Hall or at the door of the event.  Hosted by the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  Proceeds will benefit the foundation's bicycle safety efforts.

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LIKE US ON FACEBOOK FOR DAILY UPDATES.  Have you liked us on Facebook yet?  We provide daily updates on city operations, reminders, community news, things to do, traffic issues, construction updates and much, much more.  Find us at https://www.facebook.com/cityofegr/, then click LIKE in the banner photo.  We're also on Twitter: @cityofeastgr.


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FIRE HYDRANTS.  Each winter, our Public Safety Department attempts to clear the area around hydrants that are packed with snow.  However, if the hydrant is buried they can be hard to find leading to  possible freezing.  If you have a fire hydrant in your yard, we ask that you help by clearing the snow around it for the season. 

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PLOW SAFETY.  For the safety of you and City plow drivers, please remember to give drivers room to groom.  Keeping a minimum 50 feet between your car and a plow reduces the risk of accidents.  We are testing a camera system pilot project in one of our plows, which we hope this will increase safety and reduce property damage. 


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ELECTION WORKERS NEEDED.  The City is hiring more precinct workers for the upcoming election season.  If  you have basic computer skills and don't mind a long day serving the community, please contact Karen Brower or Chris Berg at 616.949.2110.  No previous experience is necessary; all training is provided.  Pay is $115 per day plus an hourly wage for training attended.  Application form.


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LIBRARY NEWS.  The EGR branch of KDL has a number of programs coming up this winter.  For more information on any of the events below, please contact the library at 784.2007, www.kdl.org or stop in the library.

Teen Cram Night - Come to the library for your concentrated study jam!  Finish that big project or prepare for a test, while having the library all to yourselves and enjoying pizza and pop.  Bring your assignments, study partners and your brain.  For teens grades 9-12.

Friday, Jan. 22, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

KDL Lab: Scratch Programming Club - Share tips and tricks for creating your own interactive stories, games and animations with our Coding with Scratch weekly meet-ups.  Pre-registration is required.  A limited number of laptops will be available for those who cannot bring their own.  For ages 6 and older.

Held every Tuesday while School is in session from 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.


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