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Jury duty, trampoline court guidelines signed into law by Governor

Jury duty, trampoline court guidelines signed into law by Governor

LANSING, Mich.—Full-time college students called to jury duty can now postpone their service until the end of the school year.

Governor Snyder signed that bill into law Tuesday.  It allows students attending higher education in Michigan to delay jury duty if they can prove it will interfere with their class schedule. A similar exemption already exists for eligible high school students.

“Serving on a jury is an important part of our civic responsibility,” Snyder said. “However, for college students, jury duty can be disruptive to their studies. This law gives them the opportunity to focus on their education while still giving them the opportunity to serve after the school year.”  

Kent County begins search for comissioner replacement

Kent County begins search for comissioner replacement

LOWELL, Mich.—The search is on to find someone to replace a Kent County Commissioner accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl.

Gary Rolls submitted his resignation from his District 4 seat Dec. 12. In a statement released that day, Rolls said he would use his time to prepare for trial to “prove my absolute and complete innocence.”

Rolls’ resignation officially takes effect Jan. 1. The county is looking for someone to finish out his term, which ends Dec. 31, 2014. District 4 represents Lowell, Cannon Township, Grattan Township, Oakfield Township and Vergennes Township. Eligible candidates must be from one of those communities.

The person elected to Rolls’ seat should expect to attend four meetings a month. The position is part time with an annual salary of $20,500 and benefits. The deadline to apply is Monday, Jan. 6. Those interested in applying should submit a resume and cover letter to:

Office of the Board of Commissioners

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Republican Senator Mark Jansen says he will not join the race for Congressman Justin Amash’s seat next year.

“I have decided at this time my focus will continue to help Michigan find the road to recovery, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to the Upper Peninsula to our lake shores,” Jansen said. ”Right now I really feel the call to continue helping Michigan’s recovery as my Senate term ends in 13 short months.”

Jansen says he has been “strongly encouraged” to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat for the past two years.  He believes people want the same level of reform achieved in Michigan to happen in Washington.

Jansen represents the northern portion of Kent County.  The U.S. 3rd Congressional District includes Belding, Rockford, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Ada and Cascade, Alpine Township, Sparta, Plainfield Township and all of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Comptroller keeps her job

Grand Rapids Comptroller keeps her job

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Comptroller Sara Vander Werff is sticking around.

Vander Werff took 56 percent of the vote in Tuesday night’s election, besting Rina Baker.  Vander Werff got 8,046 votes from Grand Rapids’ 77 precincts; Baker took 6,245 votes.

Vander Werff took over as comptroller in April, after Donijo Dejonge resigned in December.

Kent GOP opens regional office in Grand Rapids July 1

Kent GOP opens regional office in Grand Rapids July 1

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Michigan Republican Party is moving one of its regional offices into the Kent GOP headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids.

The new office will open July 1 as part of the state GOP’s new political strategy of focusing precinct-by-precinct and neighbor-to-neighbor.

Kent County currently has more than 400 Republican precinct delegates.

Former first ladies plan Grand Rapids visit

Former first ladies plan Grand Rapids visit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Former first ladies Barbara and Laura Bush will visit Grand Rapids in April to honor late first lady Betty Ford, who would have been 95 years old this year.

On April 8, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation is teaming up with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to host a day-long conference and luncheon titled America's First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy.  The event will focus on the role of first ladies and how the affect society.

Susan Ford Bales will join the Bush's for a luncheon at the JW Marriott.  Tickets to attend are $50.

The first of two panel discussions, "First Ladies as Influence Makers", will begin at 3 p.m. inside the Gerald R.

Computer Programs With Problems Filing 2012 GR Income Tax Returns

Contact: John Schaut
Income Tax Administrator
City of Grand Rapids
(616) 456-3415

Problems with Filing of 2012 Grand Rapids Income Tax Returns using Computerized Income Tax Preparation Products

The vast majority of income tax returns filed with the City of Grand Rapids are prepared using computerized income tax preparation software available online or purchased at local retail stores.