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City residents to vote on community event millage

The resident of the City of Cedar Springs will vote on whether to pass a millage that would provide funds to help publicize industrial, commercial, educational and recreational advantages of the City and to support recreational and educational projects, including community events.

They are asking for .25 mill (25 cents per $1,000 taxable value) for a period of five years, 2012-2016. If approved, it would raise $18,115 in the first year, and the money would be available in summer 2013. Approximately 2.4 percent would go to the Local Development Finance Authority.

In order to be deemed a community event, it would need to be sponsored by a non-profit or governmental entity, be open to the public, demonstrate a benefit to the community, have anticipated attendance of more than 50 people, be non-discriminatory, and be held within the city limits.

The idea for the millage first came about last year, when funding to the Red Flannel Festival and other non-profits was cut due to the budget.

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