Kalamazoo City Commission

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The Kalamazoo City Commission is likely to consider soon whether to increase the property tax that pays for bulk trash and recycling service.  And a new rate could come with changes in how trash and recycling are collected.

Public Services Department Administrative Support Manager Wendy Burlingham says single-stream recycling instead of dual-stream is one possibility. So is quarterly rather than monthly bulk trash pickup. Burlingham says while less frequent bulk trash service would help the city’s budget, that’s not the only advantage.

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Kalamazoo’s six city commissioners and Mayor Bobby Hopewell have received a 1.03 percent increase in their yearly salaries. The raise, which takes effect later this month, is intended to serve as a cost-of-living adjustment.

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- The City of Kalamazoo now has guidelines for anyone who wants to operate a commercial quadricycle service. Those are the rolling six- to 14-person pedaled vehicles that are being used for bar-hopping, brewery-hopping and sightseeing in other cities." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI – The light has been doused on a proposal to regulate stadium lighting throughout the city of Kalamazoo – at least for the immediate future. But Kalamazoo College will be able to go ahead with a limited number of nights with lights next year at its football stadium and soccer field." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI — The city of Kalamazoo's proposed 2016 budget uses several one-time steps to balance the spending plan, including a proposed increase to the city's solid waste tax." (Kalamazoo Gazette)