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Kalamazoo County wants to renew its law enforcement tax on May 3. If it passes, the levy would last for six years. The rate will stay at its current level - about 1.45 mills. That means a taxpayer whose home is worth $100,000 on the market would pay just over $70 a year toward the tax.

The money the millage raises helps to fund a range of county departments, from animal services to the prosecutor’s office to district and circuit court. Kalamazoo County sheriff Rick Fuller says everyone who pays toward the millage stands to gain from it, as it helps to cover services such as the Kalamazoo County jail.

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The Kalamazoo County Commission has left off searching for a permanent administrator for now. Instead, Deputy Administrator John Faul will fill the county’s top appointed role indefinitely.

Faul’s appointment comes after the departure earlier this month of former administrator Terrence Neuzil, who resigned after just a few months on the job. Staff members alleged that Neuzil made comments to female employees that could lead to an unequal work place. An investigation ended without a conclusion when Neuzil resigned.

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Kalamazoo County has shed some light on former administrator Terrence Neuzil’s departure, releasing records that detail claims about inappropriate comments Neuzil is said to have made to and about female staff.

Neuzil resigned on Tuesday less than four months after the county hired him. He released an email statement Thursday calling the allegations a “false” and “malicious” attack.

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Update - Thursday afternoon: Kalamazoo County Corporate Counsel Thom Canny has confirmed that Kalamazoo County Administrator Terrence Neuzil is on paid leave.

If the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners voted to put new county administrator Terrence Neuzil on paid leave Tuesday night, it did not announce that decision publicly.

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An online petition calls on Kalamazoo County, the city of Kalamazoo and the state of Michigan to divest any public funds from gun and ammunition manufacturers. 


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