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Old 06-10-2020, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Their may have been an idea floating around for a city-county deal in Kent County.
Just me but Grand Rapids could look into annexing just Grandville, Wyoming (aka the rest of the SW side lol)
Kentwood and East Grand Rapids. They mostly share the same streets as Grand Rapids. Walker however still seems very suburban and to a less extent rural especially around Wilson and still be considered a suburb. It doesn't have to be an extreme of either the whole county or nothing. The mayors of the respective adjacent towns could have other jobs that still pertain to overseeing those communities. The fire and police could work together a lot more. The police departments of the other communities would be become just different precincts. There are other benefits beside increased population #s
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Old 06-11-2020, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Louisville
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Their may have been an idea floating around for a city-county deal in Kent County.
Just me but Grand Rapids could look into annexing just Grandville, Wyoming (aka the rest of the SW side lol)
Kentwood and East Grand Rapids. They mostly share the same streets as Grand Rapids. Walker however still seems very suburban and to a less extent rural especially around Wilson and still be considered a suburb. It doesn't have to be an extreme of either the whole county or nothing. The mayors of the respective adjacent towns could have other jobs that still pertain to overseeing those communities. The fire and police could work together a lot more. The police departments of the other communities would be become just different precincts. There are other benefits beside increased population #s
The short answer to your question is....they can't. Michigan's charter township law makes it all but impossible for Grand Rapids to annex anything. Every square inch of land around its borders is incorporated. East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville, and Walker are all cities. This means they have total governing autonomy, and the city of Grand Rapids has no power to annex them without their resident bases consent.

The best thing you could hope for in this scenario is a merger. I think that would be unlikely as well, I don't see residents in Wyoming, and Grandville consenting to pay Grand Rapids property or income taxes. Perhaps if they created a merger plan that allowed these respective cities to stay in tax "zones" it would have more support. Don't get me wrong I think there would be a lot of value in reducing redundant governments, and a larger population would raise Grand Rapids' profile nationally. The "One Kent" initiative that was talked about several years back would have merged the city and county governments and done just that. I think the way suburbanites view the city is much more favorable now. Though I still think Michiganders as a whole value their tiny local governments and it would be very difficult to sell a merger like this.
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Old 06-11-2020, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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The short answer to your question is....they can't. Michigan's charter township law makes it all but impossible for Grand Rapids to annex anything. Every square inch of land around its borders is incorporated. East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville, and Walker are all cities. This means they have total governing autonomy, and the city of Grand Rapids has no power to annex them without their resident bases consent.

The best thing you could hope for in this scenario is a merger. I think that would be unlikely as well, I don't see residents in Wyoming, and Grandville consenting to pay Grand Rapids property or income taxes. Perhaps if they created a merger plan that allowed these respective cities to stay in tax "zones" it would have more support. Don't get me wrong I think there would be a lot of value in reducing redundant governments, and a larger population would raise Grand Rapids' profile nationally. The "One Kent" initiative that was talked about several years back would have merged the city and county governments and done just that. I think the way suburbanites view the city is much more favorable now. Though I still think Michiganders as a whole value their tiny local governments and it would be very difficult to sell a merger like this.
So they would have to ask the resident's of Grandville, Wyoming, Kentwood and East Grand Rapids. If the response was favorable at least from Wyoming (especially being the biggest) it might open up the eyes of the other three suburbs with having the right tax proposal. Also Wealthy Street in the east town area has a very nice vibe to it unique only to GR not anywhere else.
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Old 06-17-2020, 09:17 PM
 
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There was already a merger planned but it fell thru
https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rap...ps_back_1.html
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