City of Kalamazoo

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Supporters of a unified 911 dispatch system in Kalamazoo County say consolidation will go on, despite the defeat of a proposal on Tuesday that would have paid for it.

About 62 percent of people who cast ballots in the May 2 election in Kalamazoo said ‘no’ to a monthly $2.30 phone surcharge. The fee would have paid for a countywide, single dispatch system for 10 years.

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Commissioners also heard about plans for a roundabout at Gull Road and Harrison and Ransom Streets, and approved plans for lead service line removal in Kalamazoo Township.

Kalamazoo city leaders say President Trump’s proposed federal budget would force the city to cut or put an end to a number of programs. Congress has shelved the president’s plan for now, but it could come back next year.

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The city has also received permission from the Gun Lake Tribe to use its seal for certain historical and educational materials.

Veterinary drug company Zoetis says the City of Kalamazoo has charged it too much in property taxes. Zoetis is seeking a city tax refund of more than two and a half million dollars.

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All seven commissioners voted against allowing drinking on “pedal pubs," at least for now; Kalamazoo’s summer youth programs are getting a big boost; Burdick Street will soon have bike lanes; and if your car is seized in a drug bust and you want it back, you'll have to pay a fee.

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Ever since the City of Kalamazoo received a $70 million private donation last year, leaders have said they want to use some of the money to fight poverty – a major issue in a city where 36 percent of children are poor.

Those leaders have also said it would take a while to work out the details. On Monday commissioners got a start, with a three-hour discussion on how to move from ideas to concrete steps in the “Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo” initiative.


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