Kalamazoo City Budget
Wed December 19, 2012
Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell says state's funding of cities needs to change
The city of Kalamazoo has a public hearing scheduled for Monday December 17th regarding the budget for fiscal year 2013. The city’s schedule calls for the spending plan to be adopted January 7th. WMUK’s Gordon Evans spoke with Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell.
Hopewell says the city budget protects public safety and essential services like sewer and water. He says there is also money for repairs of major streets and neighborhood streets.
The city is not asking its citizens for an override of the “Headlee amendment,” which limits the property tax rate in Michigan communities. But Hopewell says that could be an option in the future, but he says it needs to be part of a larger conversation with the community.