Following a court hearing Tuesday, a judge is expected to rule Thursday on whether Grand Rapids City Hall may ask city voters in May to extend a temporary street tax. Opponents of the ballot proposal want that vote delayed until August, at the earliest.
The city had not had county and state approval for the ballot proposal's wording by the deadline, but city and county leaders have argued municipal ballot proposals do not need county and state approval. Opponents of the measure argue the opposite. Arguments in front of the judge Tuesday hinged on technical interpretations of the law's wording.
The city wants voters to agree to a 15-year extension of the city's temporary income tax increase, with the money to pay for street improvements.