local government

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.
6:37 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Proposed Phone Surcharge to Pay for 911 Dispatch Unlikely to be Approved This Year

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State deadline would require action by next month
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - While most advocates of a proposed consolidation of Kalamazoo County's 911 dispatch system continue to say it must happen sooner rather than later, it now appears a phone surcharge to support the system will not be voted on this year.
6:20 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Battle Creek Restaurant Owners Criticize Plan to Allow Food Trucks

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Officials have revised the ordinance since public discussion in November
Restaurant owner Ross Simpson said discussions over allowing food trucks in downtown Battle Creek has seemed like "negotiation by ambush" that's "more for show than substance." Reading from a prepared statement, Simpson told city commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night that proposed changes to mobile vending rules have been done "in a relative vacuum" and that downtown restaurant business owners have not been included enough in the process.
6:49 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Memo Shows Former Battle Creek City Manager Had Concerns About Relationship Between Police Employees

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Memo was issued less than a week before Ken Tschiyama retired as city manager
Former City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama's move to have Inspector Maria Alonso report directly to him was prompted by concerns that a romantic relationship between her and Deputy Police Chief Jim Saylor could ultimately "compromise the integrity of the department," according to a memorandum issued earlier this year.