Kalamazoo County

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Board members also reacted to last weekend's events in Charlottesville.

Kalamazoo County is considering waiving the fee for birth certificates and other records for applicants who are homeless. The proposal for the one-year pilot program comes from County Clerk-Register Tim Snow. He says nonprofits in Kalamazoo would help people experiencing homelessness to figure out what documents they need.

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A senior millage is still on the table in Kalamazoo County, but it won’t be on the November ballot. Instead, commissioners now seem likely to put the issue before voters in the May 2018 election.

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Commissioners are also considering major changes for the veteran services department.

Kalamazoo County appears likely to place a senior millage on the November ballot, though it still has to work out the details. On Tuesday commissioners set a special meeting for August 8 where they hope to hammer out the language.

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The commission also considered options for moving forward with consolidated 911 dispatch.  

Supporters of a Kalamazoo County ID card program who have packed recent board meetings have seen their efforts rewarded. Commissioners approved a plan to start issuing countywide IDs next year.

The vote split along party lines with the board’s six Democrats supporting the idea and five Republicans voting against it.

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After two years when the Kalamazoo County administrator’s office was in flux, commissioners hired Tracie Moored for the post last fall. Last week, in a sign that perhaps stability has returned, the board approved a three-year contract. Moored joined WMUK’s West Southwest to talk about her approach to county government and her priorities for the next few years.