Kalamazoo City Commission

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The city of Kalamazoo says a community survey shows broad support for its proposed “Foundation for Excellence.” 

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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.

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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.

Donors Offer City Tens of Millions for Budget

Jul 29, 2016
Sehvilla Mann

The City of Kalamazoo might have found a fix for its budget problems – at least for the next few years, but possibly beyond that. On Thursday, leaders announced that private donors have offered the city $70 million. That would put Kalamazoo’s finances on solid ground for three years.