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Kalamazoo County is looking into the possibility of creating a countywide ID program. On Tuesday commissioners voted 10-1 to create a task force to study the idea.

Supporters say it would give people who lack a state ID a way to access services from banking to borrowing from the library.

“You need it for daily life, every aspect of our lives. Not having an ID is almost like not having a name,” Yazmin Fuentes told the board on Tuesday.

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City of Kalamazoo water customers will pay a bit extra for that service starting next year. On Monday commissioners agreed to increase water service fees and the per-gallon price of city water by eight percent. Under the new rate the average one-family household in the city will pay about $1 per month extra.

The city says it needs the additional money to ensure that it can deliver safe drinking water over the long term.

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Western Michigan University president John Dunn has received one last raise before retirement. On Tuesday Western’s board agreed to increase Dunn’s salary by three percent, retroactive to last July, to about $410,000.

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With the healthiest financial outlook it’s enjoyed in years, the City of Kalamazoo might add staff with its next budget.

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The future home of the health department, the county's high mortality rate among African-American infants and Administrator Moored's contract were also on the commission's agenda Tuesday.

Kalamazoo County voters must decide whether unified 911 dispatch is worth a few extra dollars on their phone bills.

On Tuesday commissioners voted 8-3 to put the question on the ballot in May. If it passes, residents would pay as much as $2.30 per month per phone toward consolidated dispatch.