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Ann Arbor Area Community News

Major cuts in Grand Rapids, Troy, and Kalamazoo.

11. November 2009 • Matt Hampel
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Grand Rapids has announced a January layoff of 125 staff, including 44 police officers and 25 fire fighters. Mayor George Heartwell is calling for a tax increase.

Troy has announced deep cuts and possible layoff of 1/3 of city staff. City Manager John Szerlag has proposed a 2 mill tax increase, but more cuts are needed.

Kalamazoo: a total of 51 jobs eliminated in this round. City Manager Kenneth Collard may announce more deep cuts and more layoffs.



  1. A Michigan Messenger story has more statewide municipal layoff news, with quotes from Marquette, Waterford Twp, and Traverse City.


       —Edward Vielmetti    Nov. 11 '09 - 09:07PM    #