Kalamazoo City Commission

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.


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


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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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It’s not on the agenda yet, but the Kalamazoo City Commission seems willing to explore a proposal that’s intended to help people with criminal records find jobs.

Members of the grassroots group Michigan United told the board on Monday that Kalamazoo can do something to help so-called ex-offenders find employment to support themselves and their families.

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Kalamazoo’s 2016 budget tops the agenda at tonight’s city commission meeting. Despite a general-fund gap of more than two million dollars, the city says it has managed to avoid patching the hole with service cuts. But the city does plan to raise the tax that pays for bulk trash and recycling, and reduce bulk trash pickup.

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