Portage city Council

"PORTAGE, MI - Portage will spend $2.9 million of its $3.6 million in excess funds, but is still debating whether to use some of that money to set up a budget stabilization fund." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"PORTAGE, MI - Portage City Manager Larry Shaffer has received a raise and a bonus following a performance review by the Portage City Council. The council by a 6-1 vote Tuesday gave Shaffer a 2 percent increase, the same that most city employees received, boosting his pay to $132,600, and also granted a one-time meritorious bonus of $1,000." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"PORTAGE, MI - Portage has a new assessor and a commitment from the administration and council to rebuild that office rather than outsourcing the service. Edward VanderVries was appointed Tuesday as the new city assessor, replacing Jim Bush who retired Oct. 1 after 15 years with Portage." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"PORTAGE, MI - Portage has a "problem" that few cities today are dealing with: A $3.7 million surplus in its budget and how to spend it. Earlier this year City Manager Larry Shaffer said that it was possible the city might end up with a $2.4 million surplus, but in September he said it will likely be at least $1 million more." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)


Voters in Portage will elect a mayor and three members to the City Council on November third. All of the candidates participated in a forum on Wednesday September 30th hosted by the Kalamazoo Gazette.