Allegan Township board members met April 7 to adjust rental inspection fees.

Allegan Township raises rental inspection fee to $60

Board also votes 3-1 to help pay for fireworks
By: 
Ryan Lewis, Editor

Allegan Township raised mandatory fees Monday, April 7, for rental property owners.

Township supervisor Steve Schulz said officials recently realized the fee structure set up in the township’s new rental ordinance would not cover the township’s costs.

It had been set at $32 per unit and $20 per unit after the first in multi-unit dwellings.

The new ordinance and inspection process was prompted by a series of phone calls from renters in the township expressing dismay at the condition of their apartments last year; lacking an ordinance, the township had no way to force property owners to fix up their properties.

The ordinance gives the township the ability to write civil municipal infractions ranging from $75 to $500 for owners who refuse to bring their buildings up to code. If those go unpaid, the buildings can be condemned.

In other business, township board members voted 3-1 to contribute $5,000 to the city for its fireworks this year.

Board trustee Seth Hough voted against it, saying, “It’s the city’s project.”

Schulz said, “I think our residents benefit just as much as anybody’s. To me it’s a community project, not just a city project.”

Treasurer Jane Waanders was absent

Contact Ryan Lewis at rmlewis@allegannews.com or (269) 673-5534.

For the full story, pick up a copy of the April 10 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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