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February 16, 2017
FIRST WARD COMMISSIONER APPOINTED. At its Monday, Feb. 6 meeting, the EGR City Commission unanimously voted to approve Diana Schad as the new first ward commissioner. Diana will officially begin her roll as commissioner at the Monday, Feb. 20 meeting. Read more about Commissioner Schad here.
LAKESIDE PRECINCT MOVE. If you vote at Lakeside School (Precinct 3-6), your voting location will be moving to the lobby of the High School's Performing Arts Center starting with the May 2017 election. Watch your mail for a new voter registration card. We will also remind voters prior to each of the next several elections until everyone is familiar with the new location.
ASSESSMENT NOTICES. Assessment Notices will be mailed by February 18. The Assessor’s Review will be held on February 27 and 28. March Board of Review hearings will be held March 13 and 14. You can call 616.940.4818 to make an appointment upon receipt of your notice. Please review 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 2017 year is .9%. If there was NOT a transfer of ownership on your property in 2016, your 2017 taxable value is calculated by multiplying your 2016 taxable value by 1.009. Physical changes of your property may also increase or decrease your taxable value. If there was a transfer of ownership on your property in 2016, your 2017 taxable value will be the same as your 2017 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.
PARENTING CLASSES. Stumped by a parenting issue? Wondering if you're on the right track? You're not alone! Join other moms and dads for a weekly discussion based on the books Parenting With Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay. The upcoming dates are February 7, 14, 21 and 28 (all Tuesdays). A discussion for parents with children is from 1 to 2 p.m. and a discussion for parents with teens is from 2 to 3 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of East Grand Rapids.