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Portage Budget Avoids Layoffs


PORTAGE, MI  (WKZO)  --    Portage City Manager Maurice Evans presented his 61-million dollar Budget proposal for next year to the City Council last night, saying it avoids layoffs, and will actually mean a slight reduction in some fees for taxpayers, and no reductions in services.

But he says he also wants to double the size of their rainy day fund because the proposed elimination of Industrial Property taxes by Lansing could cost the city $2-million or more a year in future years.

Mayor Pete Strazdas says “there is a storm coming” and it’s a good idea.  Strazdas told the Council it could be worse, this could be California, where he just spent his vacation.  He says the cuts taking place there are draconian.

The Council plans work sessions on April 30thand May 1st to go thru the budget proposal, item by item.