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Portage mayor pro tem to release proposals to City Council

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Portage Mayor Pro Tem Jim Pearson is set to share a series of proposals with the entire City Council Tuesday night.

In a release he says "this city has always been a shining light in West Michigan but, as everyone knows, times are tough and the city is not immune.  To keep pace, we need to keep our eyes forward.  There are specific things we can do to achieve that."

Here are four of the initiatives Pearson is set to propose;

1. Launching a public "Learning Tour" to solicit suggestions on how services can be improved.

2.  Encourage City staffers to meet with members of the Council to share ideas on how to achieve "best practices" in day-to-day operations.

3.  Engage in a dynamic budget negotiation process in an effort to better address the perennial tough questions surrounding various expenditures.

4.  Greater public access to City Hall. Residents deserve access to Council meetings in real time online, and to a record of each and every public meeting on file. We have the technology, now we need to use it!

"We've got a wonderful team in place on Council. Given the talent we have on staff, there is no reason we can't become better at what we do while searching for a new City Manager," added Pearson.

The City of Portage employs approximately 179 people and operates on a budget of about $62 million.