"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)

An Elkhart, Indiana Material Recovery Facility
Recycle Works

Starting Thursday, the City of Portage will change the way it does recycling. Instead of having two bins, one for paper and cardboard and one for plastic and glass, residents can throw them all together in one big cart. 

This is called single-stream recycling. It’s convenient for residents and has been shown to dramatically increase recycling rates. But what’s good for residents isn't always good for manufacturers.

"PORTAGE, MI - Both the governor and attorney general oppose a Portage ballot issue in November to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, but if it passes it will become a part of the city charter, Portage officials said." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"PORTAGE, MI – Portage voters in November will have a chance to approve a city charter amendment that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana." (Kalamazoo Gazette)