The city of Kalamazoo has a public hearing scheduled for Monday December 17th regarding the budget for fiscal year 2013. The city’s schedule calls for the spending plan to be adopted January 7th. WMUK’s Gordon Evans spoke with Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell. Hopewell calls it “a holding pattern budget” because fourth quarter financial reports will tell the city how much its early retirement program has affected the bottom line. He says the city also has to adjust to the state’s recent actions to phase out the personal property tax.
When President Obama visited the Detroit area on Monday (NPR story here), a small group of people from around the state met with him briefly. Among them was the city of Plainwell’s Downtown and Economic Manager Emilie Schada.