City of Kalamazoo

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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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City of Kalamazoo water customers will pay a bit extra for that service starting next year. On Monday commissioners agreed to increase water service fees and the per-gallon price of city water by eight percent. Under the new rate the average one-family household in the city will pay about $1 per month extra.

The city says it needs the additional money to ensure that it can deliver safe drinking water over the long term.

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With the healthiest financial outlook it’s enjoyed in years, the City of Kalamazoo might add staff with its next budget.

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City of Kalamazoo water service will probably cost a little more next year. Staff have proposed to raise the service charge and the per-gallon cost of water by eight percent. A typical one-family household in the city would see its water bill go up about a dollar a month.

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