Administrator's Digest - August 9

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Greetings from the Administrator

I have been busy meeting with local city, village and township officials in order to introduce myself to them and to assess the relationship between the County and the local units of government. I am pleased to hear from them that overall they have a positive and productive relationship with the County. The County has a long history of collaborating and working with our local units to provide services more efficiently to our residents, and we will continue to do that going forward.

The County has been working to finalize and submit the proposed FY 2023 budget to the Board of Commissioners in September. The FY 2023 budget begins on October 1, 2022. The budget reflects the fact that Ottawa County has the sixth lowest tax millage rate in Michigan. The budget will fund operations for all of the County’s departments, including the Sheriff’s Office, Circuit and District courts, parks, mental health and general operations. The budget fulfills the County’s mission statement that “Ottawa County is committed to excellence and the delivery of cost-effective public services.”

John Shay | County Administrator

Ottawa County Unemployment Rate

Unemployment rates for June 2022 were recently released recently by the state. Ottawa County’s unemployment rate for June measured 3.6%; the fourth lowest in Michigan. Rates ranged from 3.2% in Livingston County to 9.0% in Roscommon County. Sixty-nine of Michigan’s counties saw an increase in their unemployment rate from May to June. Over the course of the year, jobless rates have fallen for all eighty-three Michigan counties.

June Unemployment Rates

Art Trust

There are just two weeks left to view the Ottawa County Art Trust Exhibition and make your purchases. The show ends on August 24. The price of each piece is listed on the exhibit label accompanying each work. A portion of the purchase price funds the Holland Area Arts Council and the Ottawa County Art Trust. To make a purchase, contact Shannon Felgner. Many thanks to to offices and individuals who have made purchases this year.

tulip tide

Available for purchase: Tulip Tide by Emily Kimball-Wells

From Ottawa County Parks

From the Department of Public Health

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