City of Kalamazoo

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The state has made cuts in recent years to programs that help prisoners succeed after release. But a new group in Kalamazoo hopes to push the trend in the other direction. On Monday the City Commission said it supports the creation of the Kalamazoo Prisoner ReEntry Coalition, a partnership that includes several local nonprofits.

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Property owners in the City of Kalamazoo will get a big tax cut this year, thanks to a $70 million donation by two area business owners in 2016. But city officials say some residents were apparently confused by a recent tax notice they got in the mail.

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Members of Kalamazoo’s city commission say the city needs to think now about how to protect its undocumented residents. They worry that the Trump administration will pursue mass deportations of people without papers; the president sometimes called for such action on the campaign trail.

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Kalamazoo's new city budget includes the first fruit of a $70-million private gift. City commissioners approved the $148-million spending plan Tuesday night. It includes a big reduction in property tax rates, thanks to the gift from business owners Bill Johnston and William Parfet announced last year. The city's millage rate will fall from over 19-mills in 2016 to only 12-mills this year, a reduction of 37-percent.

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Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell says the proposed Foundation for Excellence is similar to the Kalamazoo Promise and other philanthropic ventures in Kalamazoo. He says it’s another example of “thinking big” in the community. 


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