Number of Delinquent Parcels Continues to Decline Following 2017 Property Tax Reduction

The total number of tax delinquent parcels and the total value of delinquent parcels continued to decline in 2017, the year in which a Foundation for Excellence-funded property tax reduction took effect.

The total number of tax delinquent parcels in the City of Kalamazoo decreased from 3,296 in 2016 to 2,938 in 2017. The total value of delinquent taxes decreased from $4,798,276 to $3,663,053. These latest figures mark the continuation of a positive trend that has seen numbers steadily improving as the community recovers from the Great Recession.

“It’s great to see these numbers keep moving in the right direction, but we are only just starting to see the effects this property tax reduction and the Foundation for Excellence will have in our community,” noted Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell. “People and businesses are excited to move into the city and we are seeing that reflected in our local real estate market as well as the number of economic development projects currently underway.”

“The total amount of delinquent taxes and foreclosures continue to decrease in the city which is encouraging” noted Kalamazoo County Treasurer Mary Balkema. “It is our goal to have a stable tax base and to have our hard working families grow wealth and income. The millage reduction has had a direct impact on residents paying their taxes current. As we continue to invest in our housing stock and infrastructure, we will continue to see positive results.”

In 2017, the Kalamazoo City Commission approved an agreement with Kalamazoo-area philanthropists to create the Foundation for Excellence, a public-private partnership that will provide funding to reduce property taxes, make aspirational investments in the City, and work to eliminate generational poverty. As a result, the City of Kalamazoo Operating Millage was reduced from 19.2705 To 12 mills starting in 2017. This decrease applies to all individuals and businesses that are subject to City property taxes, regardless of their income level, and is intended to be permanent.

Spring Hydrant Flushing Begins April 15


The City of Kalamazoo Public Services Department will begin the Spring Hydrant Flushing Program for 2018 on Sunday, April 15 and continue through Tuesday, April 24. Most of the flushing will be done at night between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. with some additional day flushing between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Hydrants and mains are flushed twice each year (in the spring and fall) to remove accumulated sediments. While flushing doesn’t affect the safety of the water supply, tap water may appear cloudy or discolored immediately after flushing. If this occurs, residents are advised to run their cold water in their bathtub or utility sink until it runs clear again. Residents are discouraged from using their washing machines the day of flushing and for 24 hours after, since clothing could become discolored.

Periodic flushing is necessary to get rid of deposits that form inside the water mains. Over time, sediment builds up on the inside of water distribution pipes, narrowing the path that water can flow through to individual homes and businesses. Flushing stirs up water in the mains and forces water and sediments out. By widening the path that water can flow through the mains, the flushing program improves water flow, helping the City to better meet the needs of Public Safety fire personnel. Another goal of the flushing program is to verify that all water supply systems are functioning properly, including pumps, storage tanks, mains, valves, and hydrants.

If you have scheduled construction or maintenance projects during this time, please contact Robert McClenney at 337-8148 so that necessary precautions can be taken to avoid conflicts or problems.

pdf 2018 Spring Hydrant Flushing Map (870 KB)


Public Input Sought for Improvements to Reed Street Park

The City of Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Department is starting the planning process for upcoming improvements to Reed Street Park. Community members are invited to attend a planning meeting on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Reed Street Park, located at the corner of Reed Avenue and Portage Street. Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation staff and a landscape architect will be on hand to discuss ideas with community members and answer questions. This is the first of two planning meetings that will be held regarding updates to Reed Street Park. Planning will be completed in 2018 and the park improvement project is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

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