Kalamazoo City Commissioners offer only Lip Service on Street repairs

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The Kalamazoo City Commissioners are only paying Lipp service on the road repair issues. We currently have $425,000 readily available for local street repairs from HUD that the city is choosing to allocate to increased Code enforcement instead, which is nothing more than a tax on property owners. The disbursement of the HUD funds being granted to Kalamazoo is open to public comment only until 4/2/15. If we remain silent, the city will be keeping a total of over $800,000 of the 2.1 Million grant with absolutely no right sizing or cost reduction of its inefficient departments. Code enforcement has 19 full time staff that could be cut in half to reduce costs. The community planning department is a huge pit the city continues to throw money into in order to perpetuate the financial crisis. Has anyone noticed that community planning is increasing its staff instead of right sizing? According to the engineering department, the adopted 2015 budget has only $800,000 allocated for local street repairs. The $425,000 would make a noticeable improvement to our streets and infrastructure. Would you locate your business in Kalamazoo with streets that are obviously neglected? Pothole riddled streets are just as bad as graffiti. The city staff claims that funds for street repairs can come from other places, but when asked if they are currently available from these places, the answer is NO. The money is there today for street repairs and the city appears to want to keep streets as leverage for the additional tax they are going to attempt to pass on its already overburdened tax payers.

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