SW Michigan

8:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Kalamazoo County Administrator Peter Battani gets three year contract extension

Lead in text: 
Two commissioners wanted a two-year extension
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo County Administrator Peter Battani received a three-year contract extension Tuesday, but not before some county commissioners voiced that they would rather see a two-year deal. Battani's extension was approved by the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners by a vote of 9 to 11, with commissioners Julie Rogers, D-Kalamazoo Township and Phil Stinchcomb, R-Portage, voting against the contract.
6:33 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Benton Harbor voters reject city income tax

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Proposal would have required city residents and business to pay 1% income tax, non-residents would have paid 0.5%
BENTON HARBOR - Benton Harbor voters on Tuesday turned down a city income tax, which supporters had hailed as a solution for various financial woes but which critics had said would discourage businesses from locating in the city. The proposal lost by 124 votes.
6:05 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Two incumbents re-elected, former city council member elected again in Portage

Lead in text: 
Mayor Pete Strazdas ran unopposed
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Two incumbents and a former council member were elected for the next four years to the Portage City Council in Tuesday's city elections. Claudette Reid, the current mayor pro-tem who was seeking her third term, was the top vote getter in the election, tallying 2,531 votes.
6:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Consolidation vote fails in Saugatuck and Douglas

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Both cities had to approve proposal for merger to move forward
Saugatuck and Douglas will remain two separate cities after voters turned down a consolidation proposal Tuesday night.
5:56 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Two incumbents defeated in Battle Creek

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Retired police officer Mike Sherzer wins open seat in Ward 4
Two incumbents were ousted Tuesday as Battle Creek voters opted for a newcomer and a former representative to be on their next city commission. Ward 3 Commissioner Sherry Sofia, who regained her seat in 2011 after losing the previous election, was knocked off the commission again, this time by political newcomer Dean Newsome.

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