Portage city Council


Kalamazoo Vice-Mayor Don Cooney says the city should seriously consider putting an income tax proposal before voters.

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The Portage City Council has made it illegal within the city to withhold housing, a job or everyday services like health care because of someone’s sexual orientation or the way they present their gender. Six council members voted for the ordinance and one against at a meeting Tuesday evening.

(Kalamazoo Gazette) The City of Portage will consider passing an anti-discrimination ordinance. Portage city council members approved a motion to research ordinances that protect people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Portage would join several Michigan cities in enacting anti-discrimination ordinances, including Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Township, and Oshtemo Township.

"PORTAGE, MI - At least two Portage parks are slated for improvements this year. The new Eliason Nature Reserve will have its 1½-mile trail paved from Osterhout Avenue to Portage Industrial Drive and Lakeview and Schrier parks will be getting new playgrounds." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)


Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell and Portage Mayor Peter Strazdas say the cities will continue looking for ways to cooperate, improve service and save money.