GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Voters in Georgetown Township have rejected a measure that would have funded a $19 million township government complex.
With 61% of voters saying no, Proposal 5 failed.
The measure would have paid to move the township hall, library and senior/community center from their current space off Baldwin Street to the former Kmart and ABC Warehouse building on Chicago Drive.
The Jenison School District would have taken over the current building. A new library, famers market and park improvements would have been part of the new project.
The project has been controversial. The first plan drawn up by township officials late last year was so unpopular that they went back to the drawing board and came up with the proposal.
“What’s so unfortunate is that the proposal was a comprehensive attempt to deal with several issues — a blighted business district, our need for a library and senior center and right sizing or township hall,” Adam Tountas, a leader in group that supported the proposal. “I think it’s important we stay positive. The voters have said they’re not interested in this proposal and it was take it or leave it, so the question’s going to be to the township leadership, are there pieces of the proposal that can be salvaged? I think there are.”
But that will be up to township officials.