June 7 2012

Slow water meters costing Rockford lost revenue

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL In a proactive move to increase City revenue with accurate water meter readings, the City of Rockford plans to change out all residential and business water meters within the City along with those in areas served by Rockford outside the City limits. Over time the reading mechanisms of all water meters degrade and slow down and do not accurately record water usage. The result is lost revenue necessary for on-going improvements to, and maintenance of, the City of Rockford’s water distribution system. Over a 5-year period new state-of-the-art water meters capable of remote reading will replace all current water meters. In doing so, meters can be read from a passing Rockford Public Works vehicle rather than on foot resulting in ongoing cost savings. The City also proposes a nominal 2-percent water/sewer rate increase, its first in four years and 3 years, respectively.

BIRTHDAYS — June 9-15

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9 Madison Kunkle, Collin P. Mackie, Peter Schluckebier 10 Joanne Case, Phyllis Klomparens, Tom Laage, Wanda Northcutt, David Steffes 11 Rachel Furman, Mike Mawby, Thelma Vis 12 Jordan Orr 13 Frank Berris, Andrew Halliday, Willie Schrier, Bunny Voss, Dylis Wilson 14 Michelle Doane, Betsy Leistner, Rick Maharry Claire Smitter

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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Foreclosures, home equity loans The tax return preparation business is a whole lot more complicated today than it was when I started preparing taxes back in 1978. The Internal Revenue Service has to deal with many more preparers today than in 1978. Of course, we probably have to deal with more IRS people today than were employed in 1978. There have been thousands upon thousands of pages of regulations, publications, rules, and clarifying instructions added since 1978. The technology of preparing returns is more complicated today. Back then, we used pencils, carbon paper, and predominantly one publication called Pub. 17. Today, the process is all computerized with fully interactive software. I can access all of the publications, regulations, rules, court cases, and commentary right from my software. It’s great. I only use a pencil to keep notes and a pen to sign items. Carbon paper? I doubt if kids of today even know what carbon paper is. There is not one piece of carbon paper in any tax office today. Some things don’t change, though. There are preparers who didn’t follow the rules then and there are preparers who don’t follow the rules now. However, I believe today the IRS has a better handle on preparers as a whole. All preparers who sign returns today are required to apply for and receive a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). For information purposes, anyone who receives compensation for preparing a return is required to sign that return. Along with the application for the PTIN is a $63 fee that allows the IRS to maintain a database of preparers. This is not a bad thing for the thousands of legitimate tax preparers nationwide who are preparing good returns based on the tax laws as written. In conjunction with the PTIN is a requirement that all preparers, other than CPAs, Enrolled Agents (EAs), and attorneys, must pass a Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) test by December 31, 2013. All preparers must also take a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education annually with at least two of the hours based on the subject of ethics. This sounds very fair to me. The way things change in the field of taxation, even 15 hours might not be enough. An area […]

A Salute to Our Hometown Graduates

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Leah Marie Curry Jonas Dröge Rebecca Mathilde Gobert Jorrit Gorseman Annbritt Hagenah Emilie Luise Hahne Bérénice Marie-Louise Lagarde Jeremie Wayne Murray Paige Lauren Nastaj Clara Petrine Møller Nielsen Chutipan Panumaswiwat Mariana Kozyreff Pereira Mariana Saraiva de Melo Pinheiro Amber Lee Stults Kelly Jocelyn Villarroel Cascos Matthew James Warkoczeski Eliane Svenja Weishaupt Jody Kay Scherer Rachel Lynn Alberta Trevor Scott Alferink Jacob Matthew Aman David Clarke Anderson Samantha Rose Anderson Benjamin Daniel Annis Anthony Lloyd Apkarian Daniel Gregory Apkarian Nathaniel Julian Arganbright Benjamin Robert Armstrong Amanda Marie Avella Kamryn Alison Megan Babb Cory Allen Ball Miguel Marcus Balli-Kovach Jessica Anne Baniukaitis Cody John Barker Samuel James Barnard Brianna Marie Barr Christina Deanne Barteld Alexander James Barth Paul William Bartlett Jr. Bryndolyn Paige Baumann Michael Roy Baumgart Zachary John Baumgart Courtney Mae Beals Michael Richard Becker Amber Joy Beimers Joseph Michael Belliel Bailey Lynette Benoit Christopher David Benson Joel Samuel Bera Caitrin Esther Bergers Samuel-Hunter Berndt Alexander James Bernhardt Brenna Jean Bernhardt Ashley Kaye Beyer Suzann Jane Bigelow Kendra Anjali Bilardello Heather Marie Bilski Jeremy Hayes Blauser Isaac Michael Blenman Alaric Robert Bloss Samantha Rae Boatright Shannon Jordana-Martha Bobbitt Mallory Drew Bolin William Samuel Bonney Beth Ann Boogaard Matthew Robert Boonstra Cameron Scott Borg Kelli Catherine Borgeld Melissa Ann Bors Marjeanne Bothma Kaitlyn Marie Bowers Kaitlyn Ashley Bowman Trent Michael Boyer Benjamin Alan Braden Zachary James Brady Eric Kyle Bray Kaitlyn Marie Bremmer Rebecca Lynne Britsch Brianna Ashley Brodowski Ian Christopher Brom Jenna Ruth Brower Cameron Michael Brown Cody Lauren Brown Kylie Dawn Brown Courtney Marie Brummeler Marc Francis Brunette Casey Michelle Buelken Amanda Rose Buhr Seth David Burke Alexander Gene Burnett Thomas Robert Burns Audrey Elisabeth Bush Brittany Marie Bussing Matthew Scott Campbell Ethan Robert Caverley Mitchell Ned Caywood Julia Rose Ceglowski Jenna Nicole Chaffee Kathryn Elizabeth Chaney Colton Christopher Childers Eric Ian Chisholm Alanna Nicole Christy Daniel Michael Clark Kristen Michelle Clement Joshua Alan Clouse James Benner Coberly Andrew Phillip James Cole Matthew Austin Cole Joseph Jacob Combs Makenzie Elizabeth Conner Alyssa Louise Constantine Allison Marie Cook Andrew Martin Cornelius Jeanette Carolyn Cortese Kevin James Cowell Maxwell Hansen Crimp Terry Everett Crumb Ian Thomas Crumm Andrew Brett Cunningham Kylie Irene Curtis William Michael Curtis Jr. Aaron Spencer Danigelis Ashley Nicole Day Ian Mccarthy Dayton Sarah […]


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Thursday, June 7 Rockford Area Historical Society Annual Picnic and Election of Officers—6:30 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St. Please bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Tent Sale—noon to 8 p.m. at Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Ave. NE, Belmont. Find discounted rates on popular brands of footwear, courtesy of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. All proceeds will benefit YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and the “Boot Campaign,” aiding military families with YMCA membership, child care and other programs. All sales final; in case of bad weather, event moves indoors. Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 to 8 a.m. at the Rams Den in Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes St., unless school is delayed or canceled. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Sunday, June 10 Free Picnic—noon on the front lawn of Rockford Baptist Church, corner of Fremont and Courtland streets, Rockford. Come for hot dogs, pulled pork and more. After the picnic there will be games for kids, open volleyball, and an opportunity to pre-register your kids for VBS. Everyone welcome. Praise in the Park—6 p.m. at Garden Park in Rockford. Open to the public. Christian music every Sunday through August 26, 2012. Tuesday, June 12 Rockford Rotary Club Meetings— 7 a.m. at Rockford High School. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Free Zumba Class—7 p.m. at Dr. Nylaan’s office, 5011 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, to raise funds for local charities. Open to the public; led by Kate Rehmus of Live Dance Move. Classes held every Tuesday through September 4, 2012. Country & Gospel Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, 8540 Shaner Ave., Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. For more information, call Keith at (616) 866-2459. Thursday, June 14 Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven […]

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