Kurt Dykstra http://michiganradio.org en Lawmakers find compromise, pass repeal of personal property tax http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-find-compromise-pass-repeal-personal-property-tax <p>Legislation that will eliminate several hundred million dollars in taxes that businesses pay each year on equipment awaits Governor Rick Snyder’s signature. Michigan’s personal property tax applies to all kinds of things; car makers pay the tax on heavy machinery, restaurants pay it on new ovens and dishwashers.</p><p>The legislature voted early Friday morning to repeal the personal property tax and replace up to 80-percent of the lost revenue to local governments where the loss makes up more than 2.3-percent of the total tax revenue.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:56:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10385 at http://michiganradio.org Holland wins $1.6 million in Blue Cross Blue Shield lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-wins-16-million-blue-cross-blue-shield-lawsuit <p>An Ottawa County Circuit Court judge is ordering Blue Cross Blue Shield to pay the City of Holland $1.6 million. Holland is one of dozens of communities that sued Blue Cross over variable fees charged on insurance claims filed by employees.&nbsp; The city claims the insurer didn&rsquo;t tell them about the fees for 17 years.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:48:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6342 at http://michiganradio.org Holland takes cautious steps on plan to build a wind farm http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-takes-cautious-steps-plan-build-wind-farm <p>The City of Holland is buying the option to lease more land it wants to use for a wind farm. <a href="http://www.cityofholland.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/110518rev.pdf">City Council approved the lease agreements </a>Wednesday night to spend $40,000 for roughly 860 acres of land south of Holland. The area has been identified as one of the best in the state for wind energy potential.</p><p>The city has been collecting more detailed wind data since last fall. If <em>everything</em> goes smoothly, Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra says wind turbines could begin to go up as soon as next year. Thu, 19 May 2011 04:17:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2559 at http://michiganradio.org Holland takes cautious steps on plan to build a wind farm