local government

7:03 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Downtown Kalamazoo Parking Meters Can be Paid by Smartphone

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Western Michigan University uses the same technology
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Users of downtown Kalamazoo parking meters now can pay via smart phone instead of carrying around change. Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. and Central City Parking announced a one-year contract Thursday with Parkmobile USA Inc. The app is available for iPhone Android, Windows and Blackberry smart phones.
6:51 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Battle Creek Considers Firms for City Manager Search

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Firm that assisted search in Kalamazoo is among those being considered
The committee charged with helping find Battle Creek's next city manager may take some cues from the city of Kalamazoo's search last year. City officials will contact Voorhees Associates LLC of Deerfield, Ill., as they consider which search firm to hire to vet city manager candidates.
6:22 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Person Arrested in Disturbance Near Campus Identified as WMU Student

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Two students have been referred to university's student judicial process
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The person arrested Saturday after police used tear gas to disperse a crowd of about 2,000 people near Lafayette Avenue was a Western Michigan University student, a university spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. "He and a second student have been referred to our student judicial process.
7:33 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Village of Homer Hires Sheriff Department of Police Services

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Village officials say agreement will save about $65,000 a year on public safety
HOMER - The sheriff is back in the village of Homer. Homer Village Council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to replace its police department with deputies from the Calhoun County Sheriff Department. The council voted to negotiate a contract with the department to save money in their budget, said Village Manager Jerry Stonebreaker.
10:15 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Report Shows State Tax Revenue Up, Local Government Down Since 2009

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State revenue up due to increased income and sales tax collection. Local governments seeing less money from property taxes
Michigan community leaders expressed "outrage" this week on the heels of a new report showing that state tax revenue is on the rise even as local tax revenue is declining, pointing to a "broken system" they say has put the pinch on local governments and hampered their ability to provide services.

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