Kalamazoo City Commission

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

An unusual proposal to fix Kalamazoo’s budget might be too big to fit into regular meeting times. On Monday commissioners said they’d consider adding extra discussions in the hours before its regular meetings to talk about the plan.

The commission is considering whether to accept a $70 million private donation that would shore up Kalamazoo’s finances for three years – and whether to try to create a permanent endowment for the city.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Public concern about dog attacks has reached the Kalamazoo City Commission, following a serious incident in the Edison neighborhood last week where a loose dog bit a man repeatedly until it was shot dead by police.

Kathi Valeii lives a few blocks from where the attack occurred. On Monday she told commissioners she’s been threatened by loose dogs more than once. Valeii called on the city to treat unleashed dogs as a threat to public safety.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Several members of the Kalamazoo City Commission say they’re excited about a plan to fix the city’s budget with private money, though others have expressed reservations. Donors have offered Kalamazoo $70 million to shore up its finances and lower taxes for a few years, with a possible permanent endowment to follow.

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Kalamazoo Vice-Mayor Don Cooney says the city should seriously consider putting an income tax proposal before voters.


Gordon Evans / WMUK

The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday evening to accept County Administrator Terrence Neuzil’s resignation. Neuzil had been on the job for less than four months.

Corporate Counsel Thom Canny says the county was in the midst of investigating a personnel matter concerning Neuzil, and the administrator offered to resign before the investigation had concluded. Commissioners placed Neuzil on paid leave three weeks ago.


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