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One Position Open for Northview Board of Education

From: http://nvps.net

The one open position is currently held by Mike Humble. This seat will be filled at the annual school election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The term of the six-year seat ends on December 31, 2018. Residents interested in running for office must file nominating petitions and affidavits of identity by 4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

An individual is eligible for election as a school board member if the individual is a citizen of the United States and is a qualified and registered elector of Northview Public Schools by the filing deadline. Petition and affidavit forms will be available at the Kent County Clerk's Office located at 300 Monroe NW in Grand Rapids. These forms must be filed at the Kent County Clerk's Office.

If you have questions, please call 632-7650.

From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

Libraries and other organizations such as schools, police and fire departments that provide essential tax-supported services have been working with state lawmakers for nearly a year to brainstorm ways to replace the business equipment personal property tax (PPT) if it is eliminated

Replacement is critical because without it, the services Kent County residents rely on will be at the very least irreparably damaged, and in some cases may cease entirely. Kent District Library applauded senators who recognized the value and necessity of our services, and were heartened that a “poison pill” replacement provision was included in a Senate measure that passed on May 10. While this solution is far from perfect, it is better than nothing. The provision provides that if a future legislature fails to restore revenue lost by elimination of the PPT, the PPT will be restored.

Northview Public Schools - It's a "Yes"

Northview Public Schools - It's a "Yes"

FROM SUPT MIKE PASKEWICZ:

May 9, 2012,

Dear Parents, Family Members, Community Members, Students, and Staff:

Thank you for your careful consideration of the Bond Proposal.  As a result, the proposal was approved by voters.  While this is a very difficult economic time for many in our community, your vision for the future of Northview carried the vote.

Voters did a very detailed review of the components of the bond proposal, assessed the economic impact on their families and businesses and made an informed vote.  Now we engage in the project planning process and I assure you we will share the timelines with the entire community.  You will be able to track our progress at www.nvps.net.

Vote Today - Polls open from 7am to 8pm

Vote Today - Polls open from 7am to 8pm

From: http://nvps.net

Good Morning All,

Today you have the opportunity to cast a vote on the future of the Northview Public Schools.  As many of you know, several in our community received a "robo-call" last night that was in opposition to the bond proposal.  This call was financed by the Kent County Taxpayers Alliance.  The leaders of this group do not live in Northview nor have they made the decision to use the "schools of choice" process.  They have come out in opposition to other tax proposals on the ballot in Kent County.

NVPS May 8 bond request

NVPS May 8 bond request

From http://nvps.net/
By: Tim Detwiler, Ph.D., President, Board of Education, Northview Public Schools


We are open, transparent, and forthright with our Northview community. The May 8, 2012 bond request continues to promote Northview’s educational excellence and strong community.  It makes a great public school system even better.  Outstanding communities are known for their excellent schools.

There is a collective spirit among families, board members, staff and the community to “do the right thing” for our students and the Northview community.  We invest for the future.  Our children deserve the very best we can offer.  Our community expects nothing less.

NVPS - Did You Mark Your Calendar for May 8?

NVPS - Did You Mark Your Calendar for May 8?

REMEMBER TO VOTE ON MAY 8, 2012.  The bond proposal being placed before voters is more than a replacement pool.  It is also a major renovation of the athletic/activities wing  of the high school.   The renovations to the athletic/activity wing and tennis courts are estimated at $5 million.  The new pool and diving area is estimated at $6.9 million.If approved by voters this will ensure the entire high school is in good shape for the next 30 years.

NVPS - Bond Proposal Tax Calculator

The "tax calculator" is now up and running! Click below to obtain a very accurate estimate of what it will cost individual tax payers if this proposal passes on May 8, 2012.

This is the net tax increase after filing State and Federal tax returns. It takes into account the new Michigan Public Act 38 conditions (passed by the legislature last year).

Try it out with your data and inform others that it is on the webpage and is user friendly. You simply indicate which township you live in (Ada, Plainfield, Grand Rapids), enter your annual household income, the taxable value of your home (1/2 the assessed value), indicate if you are 65 or older (yes/no), and if you itemize your taxes (yes/no).  All these items are in blue boxes.  Then look to the green boxes below to see you "net tax increase" for the year and how much per month.

CLICK HERE FOR TAX CALCULATOR