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Kalamazoo City budget gets tentative approval to move forward to a public hearing


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners have given next year’s spending plan their tentative approval but with an alteration that was not unanimous approved. Monday Night’s special budget session got a little heated over whether a proposal by Commissioner Don Cooney to find $25-thousand for the Poverty Initiative should be entertained.

Mayor Bobby Hopewell also wasn’t satisfied that everything that needed to be discussed had been hashed out before the vote and he abstained.

The tentative vote was approved 6 to 1. The Commission will hold a public hearing on the spending plan this coming Monday night, and a final vote on January 7th.

Kalamazoo City Commissioners are defending a proposal to add a 1% administrative fee to tax collections. They say they already charge it for collecting taxes for the Library, KVCC and the schools. Commissioner David Anderson claimed they are the only ones who don’t charge it right now. It would raise about 350-thousand dollars and cover costs.

Apparently the proposal is drawing some flak prior to next Monday night’s Public hearing.