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Kalamazoo City Budget set for vote in early January


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Final approval for the Kalamazoo City Budget has now been scheduled for January 6th.

City commissioners are still hoping for more citizen involvement after no one came forward to comment on the spending plan last night.

Commissioner David Anderson says they will be using one time funding this year to cover 60% of a 2.9-million dollar deficit, which will leave them an even bigger hole to climb out of the next year.He suggests that cuts may be coming that no one will like making.

City Manager Jim Ritsema says 2014 will be the pivot year, that will require serious engagement on the legacy costs that the city needs to address but structural issues as well.

Mayor Bobby Hopewell says copies of the Budget are available online and at City Hall.

Its pretty clear that commissioners are interested in getting more people involved in the process which is about to get tougher and perhaps a lot more controversial as they talk about cutting programs and raising revenues.