EM: Water system changes may hurt school finances
Updated: Wednesday, April 3 2013, 10:56 AM EDT
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - The state-appointed emergency manager for the school district in Muskegon Heights says plans to pay off debts could be jeopardized by changes in the city's water system.
The Muskegon Chronicle reports Donald Weatherspoon is worried that with Norton Shores and Fruitport Township leaving the city's municipal water system, rates could rise for remaining customers. He says that could prompt businesses to move, eroding the tax base.
Tax money is used to pay the district's debts. Weatherspoon updated Muskegon Heights Public Schools officials on the issue this week.
Muskegon Heights City Manager Natasha Henderson says she offered to sit down with Weatherspoon to talk about the water system's financial situation. She said she thinks it's appropriate for him to know what's happening because the city and schools are intertwined.