Kalamazoo City Commission

7:21 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Kalamazoo city manager wants task force on legacy costs

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City faces $6-million in costs for retiree health care costs
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema on Monday will ask the Kalamazoo City Commission to authorize the creation of a task force to examine the city's legacy costs. Ritsema's task force would include staff and community stakeholders to "research, study and explore options that contain the city's long-term financial liability for providing health care to its retirees," Ritsema wrote to city commissioners in a staff memo.
6:38 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commissioners get 2% raises

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Rejecting increase would have required a two-thirds vote of the commission
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Members of the Kalamazoo City Commission will receive a 2 percent raise starting Jan. 18. Kalamazoo's mayoral salary will increase from $9,500 to $9,690 a year, the vice mayoral salary will increase from $8,000 to $8,160 a year and commissioners' salaries will increase from $7,000 to $7,140, after determination from the Local Officers' Compensation Commission.
6:09 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission approves $143-million budget

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Property tax rates unchanged, but some fees will increase under spending plan
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission on Monday adopted a $143-million budget for 2014, one that Commissioner Bob Cinabro called "tempered and well-disciplined." City commissioners voted 6-0 to adopt the budget along with a $54 million General Fund budget. City Commissioner Stephanie Moore was absent.
11:14 am
Mon January 13, 2014

2% raises proposed for Kalamazoo City Commissioners

Lead in text: 
City Commissioners' pay was last increased in 2005
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Raises of 2 percent are proposed for the seven members of the Kalamazoo City Commission. Kalamazoo's mayoral salary is proposed to increase from $9,500 to $9,690 a year, the vice mayoral salary is proposed to increase from $8,000 to $8,160 a year and commissioners' salaries are proposed to increase from $7,000 to $7,140, according to a report from the Local Officers' Compensation Commission.
8:05 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission outlines priorities for 2014 and '15

Lead in text: 
Five priorities identified during weekend meeting
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission on Saturday outlined five priorities for the city for 2014 and 2015, including that the city commission will take an advocacy role in working toward reducing poverty. City commissioners met in a six-hour long planning session with city department heads and City Manager Jim Ritsema, facilitated by Tim Fallon of TSI Consulting Partners Inc.

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