GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The group that wants taxpayers to fund some much-needed improvements in Grand Rapids' city parks has outlined how much they'll ask taxpayers for and how it will be spent.
In a letter sent to city commissioners on Monday, Neighbors for Parks, Pools and Playgrounds, or NP3 for short, said it wants the city commission to place a seven-year, .98 mill request on the November ballot.
If voters say yes, the millage would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $49 per year.
Mark Miller, the chairman of NP3, said the millage would raise $4 million for city parks each year. Supporters said they see the funding as a way to invest in the city's neighborhoods.
Much of that funding would be used to rehabilitate the parks, which have fallen into disrepair as a result of city budget cuts.
Each summer, $600,000 would fund pools at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Richmond Hills Park and Briggs Park.
Miller told 24 Hour News 8 that he's asking city commissioners to guarantee current park contributions from the city's General Fund budget, which covers administrative and basic maintenance costs, be maintained.
City commissioners will consider whether or not to put the millage request on the November ballot during a Jun 18 meeting.
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