Kalamazoo city workers

7:21 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Kalamazoo city manager wants task force on legacy costs

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City faces $6-million in costs for retiree health care costs
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema on Monday will ask the Kalamazoo City Commission to authorize the creation of a task force to examine the city's legacy costs. Ritsema's task force would include staff and community stakeholders to "research, study and explore options that contain the city's long-term financial liability for providing health care to its retirees," Ritsema wrote to city commissioners in a staff memo.
6:45 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Four year contract approved for Kalamazoo municipal workers

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Employees to get 1% wage increases, pay more for health care
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission has approved a contract with its municipal employees' union. City commissioners unanimously approved the four-year contract Monday evening after a short closed-door session. The contract starts Jan. 1, 2014 and ends Dec. 31, 2017.
6:41 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Proposed Kalamazoo city budget includes fewer positions

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Spending plan includes increases in fees for recreation, sewer and water and inspections
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo city administration on Monday laid out a plan that will help the city patch a $2.9 million deficit in its proposed $179 million 2014 budget while keeping service levels largely unchanged.
6:51 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Kalamazoo, union representing police officers agree on four year contract

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Union has 183 officers
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety police officers' union and city officials have worked out a contract for the next four years. The contract, unanimously approved by the Kalamazoo City Commission after a closed-door session Monday evening, begins Dec. 1, 2013 and lasts until Dec. 31, 2017.
8:37 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Kalamazoo faces $2.5-million deficit for 2014

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Early retirement program has helped, but deficit remains for variety of reasons
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
The city will have to close a $2.5 million structural gap for fiscal year 2014 by increasing revenue and making cuts. In fiscal year 2013, it still falls $0.5 million short in the General Fund, city administration told the Kalamazoo City Commission on Monday in an update to the city's Early Retirement Incentive.