Saugatuck Douglas consolidation

Saugatuck-Douglas Merger
10:39 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Supporter of Saugatuck-Douglas consolidation says it could save money, improve service

File photo of path in Saugatuck-Douglas area
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Voters in Saugatuck and Douglas could decide this year if the two cities will consolidate. Petition signatures to put the issue on the ballot are to be submitted Tuesday.

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7:23 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Petitions for consolidation of Saugatuck and Douglas to be turned in Tuesday

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Vote could be held in August or November on merging the governments of the two cities.
The group leading the petition drive for a referendum on consolidating Saugatuck and Douglas plans to turn in the more than 340 signatures to the state on Tuesday. "We are gratified by the number of residents who signed the petition. It clearly shows our voters want this referendum," said Matt Balmer, spokesman for the Citizens for Independent and Cooperative Communities.
9:21 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Douglas joins Saugatuck in paying for consolidation study

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More than 250 people have signed petitions seeking a referendum to consolidate the governments of Saugatuck and Douglas.
Douglas joined Saugatuck on Monday night in funding a third-party study of the possible consolidation of the two municipalities. The study by the nonprofit Citizens Research Council of Michigan is $10,000 split between the two cities. The study will be completed by April.
2:07 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Saugatuck City Council approves $5,000 for consolidation study

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Saugatuck and Douglas are considering a merger of the two cities.
Douglas will deciew next week if it will contribute $5,000
8:35 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Signatures collected move Saugatuck, Douglas closer to consolidation vote

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Signatures are due with State Boundary Commission on February 19th to call election on merging the two cities
Saugatuck and Douglas residents circulating petitions for a vote on the merger of the two communities have collected more than 250 signatures so far, according to the anti-consolidation group Citizens for Independent and Cooperative Communities. They need about 90 signatures. The group plans to circulate the petitions until at least Jan.