Kalamazoo Homeless Millage On National Radar
Last Tuesday, voters put a ballot question on the winning side in Kalamazoo - a "homeless millage" which is meant to fund temporary housing for homeless families. The result is now being watched by a national groups interested in how voters feel about a taxes to fund assistance for the homeless.
Kalamazoo Vice Mayor David Anderson, who will become Commissioner David Anderson after last week's voting and has served on Kalamazoo's public housing commission, tells The Richard Piet Show the measure was unusual. The tax will provide about $800,000 a year for six years to fund a temporary housing program meant to be a bridge to permanent housing for families who have suddenly found themselves homeless. The result has left some wondering if it might be a model for other communities attempting to float a new tax for this purpose.
Hear what the vice mayor had to say about it by clicking the video below.