Kalamazoo City Commission

"KALAMAZOO, MI — Members of a task force created to look into revenue options for the city of Kalamazoo will not recommend that the city considers an income tax to raise revenue." (Kalamazoo Gazette)


Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell and Portage Mayor Peter Strazdas say the cities will continue looking for ways to cooperate, improve service and save money.

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When Kalamazoo voters head to the polls next week, the ballot will look a little different than it did two years ago. 

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This is a special year for Kalamazoo city elections. That’s because in 2014, Kalamazoo voters changed how they're done. Voters will now elect a mayor directly. And commissioners will serve four-year, staggered terms. This year’s election is unique, a transition from the old system to the new one. They're the biggest changes Kalamazoo has made to its city elections in nearly a century.


Voters in Kalamazoo will elect seven members to the city commission next week. Under a new format, the vote for mayor is separate from the other six city commissioners. WMUK’s Gordon Evans spoke with both men running for Mayor of Kalamazoo