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Saugatuck and Douglas voters will have the final say on whether or not the two communities consolidate under one government when the issue appears on the November 5 ballot.
In an order signed Tuesday (May 21) by Kevin M. O’Brien of the Michigan State Boundary Commission, the date for the election was set.
Officials of both Saugatuck and Douglas were notified of the order and are now preparing for this historic vote.
Allegan County Clerk Joyce Watts will ensure the state-approved ballot language is put before the voters.
If voters approve the measure, the consolidation process will continue and officials from both municipalities will have to work together to unite their budgets, services, etc., eventually under one unit of government.
If voters turn thumbs down on consolidation for the sister cities,, the issue is over and the state will officially terminate the effort leaving the current governing units in place.