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2012 City of Grand Rapids Income Tax Forms Online

2012 City of Grand Rapids Income Tax Forms

The 2012 City of Grand Rapids income tax forms are available for taxpayers to download for their use from the City’s website at www.grcity.us/taxforms.

Forms will be mailed to taxpayers who filed a 2011 self-prepared paper return and will be available for pickup at City Hall, nearby Post Office branches and libraries by January 31, 2013.

The Grand Rapids City Commission urges taxpayers to consider donating all or a portion of their 2012 overpayment (refund) to one or all of the following three city projects:

1. American Flags for Veterans’ Gravesites in Grand Rapids
2. Grand Rapids Children’s Fund

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Find the grades for legislators in your district through The Sierra Club's full scorecard.  


Brinks Schedules Community Conversation

GRAND RAPIDS – Democratic Representative-elect Winnie Brinks will hold a community conversation on Friday, Dec. 14, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Arnie's Bakery, 815 Leonard St. NW in Grand Rapids.  Brinks encourages residents to join her for a conversation on state and legislative issues that are important to Grand Rapids residents. Brinks will take office on Jan. 1, 2013.

G-Sync: How Long Must They Wait?

G-Sync: How Long Must They Wait?

Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor

How long would you wait? This was the question I posed to a few folks last week. I already knew the answer.

It wasn’t about the morning coffee a hipster barista creates as she slowly pours hot water in a thin stream over ground (and often fair trade) beans, and it wasn’t about traffic on one’s route home after work.

No. My question regarded how long would you wait to vote in an election. And unlike the examples above, which have a plethora of options, voting in its current form in our city and state is woefully in need of an overhaul.

Busy GR poll locations

Busy GR poll locations

City Clerk Lauri Parks is reporting long lines at most polling places in the city of Grand Rapids. At this time the average wait is 90 minutes. “This is an important election and a very complicated ballot,” stated Mayor George Heartwell. “I urge voters to be patient and to realize that they will likely have a wait no matter what time they get to the polls.”

Voters can reduce time in the voting booth by going to the polls prepared. The Secretary of State website http://www.michigan.gov/ allows you to pull up a sample ballot. Mark it at home and carry it with you into the voting booth.”

Heartwell assures voters that anyone in line at 8:00 PM, when the polls close, will be permitted to vote. “We recognize there are delays at many of the polling stations. Voters may be waiting to vote when the polls close at 8:00 PM. Everyone in line will get a chance to vote. No one will be disenfranchised.”

DecriminalizeGR Challenges ‘Misleading’ Claims Made By Forsyth and Belk

DecriminalizeGR Challenges ‘Misleading’ Claims Made By Forsyth and Belk

From: http://decriminalizegr.org

DecriminalizeGR, the citizen group sponsoring City Prop 2 that would decriminalize the simple use and possession of marijuana in Grand Rapids, is calling into question the recent claims made by Grand Rapids Police Department Chief Belk and Kent County Prosecutor Bill Forsyth.  DCGR solidly rejects Forsyth and Belk’s mischaracterizations of the proposal and asserts that GR Proposal 2 will save taxpayer dollars and keep our kids out of jail.

G-Sync: The Buzz on DCGR

G-Sync: The Buzz on DCGR

By Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor

Earlier this summer, I was invited to a fundraiser at The Pyramid Scheme to say a few words and then introduce a local musical act. It was all pretty standard fare, to be honest, so with my notes ready, I headed to the stage.

As I stood next to the band members tweaking their instruments, I surveyed the crowd. According to the fire marshal’s sign on the door, the room had a capacity of 420 and it appeared pretty full. As I attempted to focus on the room, I saw the faces beyond the stage lights.

I realized something quickly -- something I had never witnessed before. Quickly casting off my prepared speech, I looked up and then outward before delivering, “What’s up, Grand Rapids!?!” in my best call-to-attention voice.