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Kalamazoo City Commissioners say more cuts are in their future


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners are looking at a 3.5-million dollar revenue shortfall next year, despite downsizing staff and other cuts this year, and Commissioner David Anderson says they should start finding ways to make cuts soon.

Last night they approved spending 50-thousand to make cosmetic improvements to the façade’s of 4 businesses. It’s a program they have offered for a few years, but it may have seen its last days.

Commissioner Dave Anderson thinks there are better ways to spend the money. And he says that may be true of a number of programs they offer.

Mayor Bobby Hopewell says he doesn’t think that community groups and individuals understand their predicament.

The Façade program is funded by federal block grants designated for community improvements, but that money can be applied in all sorts of ways, and it may be just one of many programs that don’t make it into the next budget.