Local leaders show support for Prop. 1

A pothole in Grand Rapids. (file photo)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several local city leaders gathered Thursday to encourage citizens to vote yes on Proposal 1 in May so more money will go toward fixing roads.

Proposal 1 would, among other things, raise the state sales tax by 1 percent. It would also trigger other law changes that would devote about $1.2 billion to roads annually.

>>Online: The ballot language as provided by the Secretary of State (pdf)

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell wants voters to OK the measure. He and other West Michigan leaders including Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky gathered at the Auto Fixit Body Shop on Ottawa Avenue NW in Grand Rapids to talk about the measure.

“The only way our streets will get better is if we invest in them,” Heartwell said. “We’ve done that here in Grand Rapids, now we need to do that for our future in the entire state.”

“This isn’t a political issue, it’s a public safety issue,” Rahinsky added.

The proposal goes before voters on May 5.

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