Kalamazoo City Commission to vote on 2019 budget
Kalamazoo City Commission is expected to approve the 2019 budget Tuesday night.
Leaders say infrastructure will see some of the biggest investments in the $181.7 million budget.
The proposal includes money for improvements city leaders say have been a long time coming.
The 2019 budget includes $43 million in capital projects for roads, sidewalks, water, sewer lines and park upgrades.
City leaders say the money will also help them connect more neighborhoods to downtown.
And they say the budget will help Kalamazoo catch up to quality standards, after a lean few years where they we're able to make many improvements.
“We did have some lean times about 10 years ago and now we're trying to do some catch-up to make sure our infrastructure, our roads, water pipes, things like that are good for the next coming 20-50 years,” said Jeff Chamberlain, Kalamazoo deputy city manager.
Chamberlain said there's going to be a great deal of construction starting in 2019, including on a stretch of East Cork Street between Portage Street and Sprinkle Road.
"We're going to be working on 28 roads in our community. In past years, you maybe got to 10, but 28 road projects. That's amazing," said Kalamazoo Mayor, Bobby Hopewell.
Tuesday’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Kalamazoo City Hall.