Portage city Council

"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.


"PORTAGE, MI – Five people will contend for three Portage City Council seats and Portage Mayor Pete Strazdas is unopposed in the Nov. 3 elections." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"PORTAGE, MI – Portage Mayor Pete Strazdas will seek a sixth term in the November elections. The filing deadline is 4 p.m. July 21 for candidates interested in running for Portage mayor and Portage City Council on Nov. 3. Strazdas is the first to announce." (Kalamazoo Gazette)