Preview of 2019 Election Coverage for Lowell, Michigan

With only about a month to go until voters cast their ballots, we’re kicking off our coverage of the 2019 general election this week.

Since there are no offices up for reelection or ballot proposals in Vergennes Township, voters there will be sitting this election out. However, City of Lowell and Lowell Charter Township voters will have their say on several issues. To help them make an informed decision, we will be providing coverage of the following local elections and issues.

City of Lowell Councilmember Election

Five Lowell residents are running to fill three seats on the Lowell City Council. These include three incumbents and two challengers. In the month to come we will be profiling one candidate each week as well as publishing candidate responses to policy questions.

In alphabetical order, here are the five Lowell City Council candidates for 2019:

Marty Chambers – Chambers was appointed to fill a vacancy on Lowell City Council in 2017 and is running to keep that seat in this election. He hopes to help make Lowell better for generations to come. In addition to being a councilmember, Chambers works as a driver for Phillips Pet Food & Supplies and is the owner of Red Barn Consignment & Antiques in downtown Lowell.

Jake Davenport – Davenport ran unsuccessfully for Lowell City Council in 2017 and has since earned a degree from Ferris State University. The 25-year old says he wants to be part of crafting a bright future for the city he’s called home his entire life, and he hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the council. Davenport works for Encore Floral Marketing in Grand Rapids.

Mike DeVore – DeVore was first elected to Lowell City Council in 2015 and has served as Mayor since 2016. He’s proud of the work he’s accomplished so far during his two terms in office but says there is still much to be done. DeVore works as a 911 dispatcher.

Danielle Ettinger – Ettinger is a newcomer to the Lowell political scene and running for Lowell City Council for the first time in 2019.

Cliff Yankovich – Yankovich was appointed in 2018 to fill a vacant seat on Lowell City Council and is running in his first council election. He says he loves Lowell and is excited to be a part of making the community a better place for everyone. Yankovich co-owns Chimera Design, a jewelry store in downtown Lowell.

City of Lowell Income Tax Proposal

The City of Lowell is asking its voters to approve a city income tax to help repair roads. The city plan puts two proposals in front of voters:

  • Proposal No 1 asks voters to approve the income tax for a period of 15 years.
  • Proposal No 2 asks voters if property taxes should be reduced if the income tax is approved.

If passed, city leaders are planning on a 1% income tax for city residents and a 0.5% tax for non-residents who work in the city. Some forms of income, such as Social Security and retirement income, will be exempt from the tax.

Lowell’s First Look has already extensively covered the proposal but will have a final summary published prior to the election.

Lowell Charter Township Public Safety Millage Proposal

In Lowell Charter Township, voters are being asked to approve a 1 mill increase to pay for firefighting, emergency rescue, police and other public safety services. We will have more information on this ballot proposal prior to the election.

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  1. Property values have increased at a greater rate than inflation, understanding that this doesn’t raise property taxes at that rate for all properties, it has for any newly sold property. With that said, township revenue must be outpacing inflation. Why is a millage necessary? What guarantees are in place to make sure existing public safety funding isn’t cut and put to pet projects while this new millage takes the place of existing (like the zoo and museum money for greater Kent county)?

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