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Kalamazoo City Budget set for final approval on Monday

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners are set to give final approval to their 2014 budget at Monday night’s regular meeting.

The spending plan includes funding for a number of enterprise funds, including the Metro Transit, Water and Wastewater, downtown parking and others that are self-funded.

The 54-million dollar General Fund budget is the one they focus on because it pays for Public Safety, streets, parks and recreation and other core services.

The budget proposes some fee hikes for Parks and Recreation programs and sewer and water inspections, designed to keep up with inflation and cover the costs of the services.

While there are small increases anticipated in some revenue sources, legacy costs have forced new City Manager Jim Ritsema to recommend some staff reductions and other strategies to balance the budget, and more cuts will be required in the future.

Several commissioners seemed disappointed that no one appeared to speak on the budget proposal during the public hearing held last month.  They say that as they head into the future, and anticipate additional cuts to programs and requests for additional revenue, that public input will be critical to help determine which direction the city takes. 

 

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

 

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