local government

6:08 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Battle Creek to Consider $43-Million Budget

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Includes increase in police and fire retirement property tax levy
City commissioners will be briefed on a proposed $43.5 million spending plan for next fiscal year during today's first workshop on Battle Creek's budget. The budget for next fiscal year calls for $43,493,491 to cover the bulk of spending through June 2015 and marks the second year in a row that the city has not been forced to make major cuts.
1:28 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Comstock Township Supervisor Files Appeal Against Recall Petition

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Ann Nieuwenhuis says petition contains language that is not factual
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI - Comstock Township Supervisor Ann Nieuwenhuis filed an appeal Thursday against a petition to recall her approved by the Kalamazoo County Election Commission last week. The commission -- comprised of county Clerk Tim Snow, Circuit Court Judge Stephen Gorsalitz, and county Treasurer Mary Balkema -- approved a petition to recall Nieuwenhuis on April 14.
6:45 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Benton Harbor Activist Charged With Election Fraud in Effort to Recall Mayor

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Election is scheduled for May 6th
BENTON HARBOR - Activist Edward Pinkney has been charged with five counts of election forgery in the effort to recall Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower, authorities reported Thursday. Pinkney, 65, had not been arrested by late Thursday because law enforcement can't find him, Sheriff Paul Bailey said.
7:06 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Downtown Battle Creek Restaurant Owners Suggest Pilot Program for Food Trucks

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Battle Creek is considering changes to decades-old rules
Downtown restaurant owners have proposed a different area for mobile vending and suggested a one-year pilot program instead of ordinance changes as the heated debate over food trucks rolled on.
7:11 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Benton Harbor Commissioners Accuse Sheriff's Detectives of Harassment

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Berrien County Sheriff says he had not received any citizen complaints
BENTON HARBOR - Three Benton Harbor commissioners said Monday city residents are being harassed by Berrien County Sheriff's Department detectives as they investigate possible election fraud. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said anyone who feels they have been mistreated should file a complaint at his office, and his department will investigate it.