SW Michigan

11:23 am
Wed May 7, 2014

House Committees Approve Bills to Boost Road Funding

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Bills in the Tax Policy and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees passed with bipartisan support
LANSING - A wide-ranging package of bills that will bring more than $400 million for road repairs passed two House committees this morning. Two bills will shift about $370 million in sales and use tax revenues from the general fund to roads.
6:18 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Battle Creek Hires City Manager Search Firm

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City hopes to hire Battle Creek's next manager by mid-August
An Illinois-based search firm will take the lead in Battle Creek's search for its next city manager after getting approval from the entire commission Tuesday. Commissioners unanimously approved spending up to $30,000 for the services of GovHR USA, which will conduct a six-phase process to find potential candidates for Ken Tsuchiyama's permanent replacement.
6:09 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Headlee Override Approved for Special Education Levy in Saint Joseph ISD

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The intermediate school district can levy full 2.75-mills for next 20 years
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
CENTREVILLE, MI -- Voters approved a Headlee override on the special-education tax levied by the St. Joseph Intermediate School District. Tuesday's unofficial vote was 1,261 to 1,158, with 52 percent backing the tax increase. The Headlee Amendment rolls back millage rates when property values increase faster than the inflation rate.
6:04 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Kalamazoo Public Library MIllage Renewed by Wide Margin

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Tax is renewed for another 20 years
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- By a 3-1margin, voters Tuesday approved renewing a 1.18-mill levy for the Kalamazoo Public Library for the next 20 years. With all 40 precincts reporting, the unofficial vote count was 6,317 to 2,055. "We are grateful for the strong confirmation of the services we offer and the direction and priorities of the library," said Ann Rohrbaugh, the library's executive director.
6:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

KRESA Enhancement Tax Approved by Overwhelming Margin

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Tax was first approved in 2005, and renewed in 2008 and 2011 before Tuesday's vote
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- A 1.5-mill tax that supplements the operating budgets of Kalamazoo County school districts was renewed Tuesday by more than two-thirds of voters. Tuesday's unofficial vote tally was 12,590 to 5,782, which did not include a handful of voters in Barry County. About 68.5 percent of voters backed the renewal.

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