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Kalamazoo City leaders tackle 2014 budget

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City Commissioners get their first look at proposed cuts to balance the 2014 Kalamazoo City Budget.
City Commissioners get their first look at proposed cuts to balance the 2014 Kalamazoo City Budget.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners are meeting this morning to go over next year’s proposed budget.

They have to erase a 2.9-million dollar projected deficit in the 54-million dollar general fund.

The proposal laid out by the City Manager calls for the elimination of ten jobs, including five in public safety that are currently vacant.

It also calls for fee hikes in parks and recreation, a number of funding cuts to departments and the use of a Public Safety Grant to offset some costs.

Mayor Bobby Hopewell says with more deficits off on the horizon its going to take community collaboration and understanding to make it work.

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday night and if a majority of the Commissioners are satisfied with the proposed budget, they could vote that night to approve it.

The meeting begins this morning at City Hall and will continue until they are finished.’

 

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