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Kalamazoo County leaders trying to reduce legacy costs


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo County Administrator Peter Battani says that legacy costs are a concern right now, and county leaders been trying to reduce them as the year moves forward. Batani says that legacy costs, or the money the county will need to spend on healthcare for retirees, is a problem that could stick around for 20 or 30 years.

"I'm proud of what we've been able to do," Battani told WKZO. "We've got a plan in place where we've reduced the costs, and we've got to keep moving. If we keep doing the plan, we'll get to where we needed to go. It's sort of a step by step, methodical approach."

Battani says that the legacy costs faced by Kalamazoo County aren't nearly as high as those faced by the city of Kalamazoo, but it's an issue that has to be addressed, or everything from services to taxes could be affected for residents. Battani says other priorities right now include court consolidation, and the creation of a county transportation authority.