Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle.More >>
Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle. People at the track observed a moment of silence for Trickle. He died Thursday in an apparent suicide at the age of 71. Race organizers said the event brought in more than 1,500 fans to watch the season's opening race and to remember Trickle's successful career."More >>
On Election Day, the people of Grand Rapids made their
About 75 percent of voters said ‘no' to a tax increase
that would have allowed the police department to hire 3 new officers.
"It would have been good for, like, the cops and the
community, but if it didn't pass, I mean, I don't know how much crime is in the
area," said Grant Exner of Grand Rapids.
Town officials had said this would help them handle an
increasing workload, and some people agreed with that.
"I think it's a minimal tax increase for the benefits it
would have. For $75 a year to know that you have a full time force, and if you have
a problem, that they will get to you right away and that you won't have to
wait," said Scott Stainbrook of Grand Rapids.
But the proposal failed.
Still – Grand Rapids Police officials don't seem too
They say the purpose of the referendum was to see if they
community is satisfied with police presence in the area.
"I think that the reasons it didn't pass were it does
cost a little bit of money. Plus, it could be that the town citizens are happy with
the coverage that they have now," said Sgt. Brandon Christianson, Grand Rapids
Police say people shouldn't worry that the referendum
"Still continue to provide the town with the same
services as best that we can. The department is going to look internally to see
if there are changes that we can do to help with adjusting to the caseload,"
While the police look into changes, people in the town
will not have to plan on a tax increase.
Grand Rapids Police say they'll also continue to rely on
the Wood County Sheriff's Department for help with certain cases.
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