The legal question of whether the township and school district will have to reimburse New Covert Generating Plant millions of dollars due to a state decision to lower the company's taxes is still being argued in the courts.
There's also concern about whether Palisades Nuclear Plant — one of the county's largest employers — will survive into the future as a deregulated plant that is forced to compete with cheaper fuel offered by natural gas plants and renewable energy sources.
She said she hopes the future will be good for her hometown. Sometimes you need to be still, but for me it won't be for long.”By ROD SMITHFor the Tribune The Van Buren County Board of Commissioners are officially placing a millage request on the May 2017 ballot to fund a proposed building expansion program at the courthouse and jail complex, and an adjacent county building, all located in Paw Paw. For a property with a taxable value of ,000, the annual levy would be .
The officers will receive 2 percent raises each year plus receive $250 per semester for career enhancement classes approved by the sheriff. "They put their life on the line every day to protect us as citizens," Cultra said.
Commissioners also approved $50,085 for equipment to enhance courthouse security.
Other improvements that Rose played a role in Covert include resurfacing of M-140 Highway and County Road 378; helping to coordinate construction of the new Covert Township Library; making improvements to Covert Township Park and the Covert Historical Museum; lowering property taxes for three consecutive years; and helping to attract Dollar General and West Michigan Flocking Co. Currently, West Michigan Flocking is located in South Haven but plans to build a facility on County Road 378 West.“One of the best compliments I received was from someone who said, 'you do more behind the scenes to help people than people will ever know,'” Rose said.
But she admits Covert faces a number of challenges.
“You have to get input.”Through her surveys she found that residents were concerned about Covert's economic appeal.