Higher tax proposed to support ‘homes for all’ in Kalamazoo County

KALAMAZOO, MI — A tax proposal is back on the ballot for Kalamazoo County voters in 2020 to continue and expand support for rent subsidies and affordable housing first passed by voters in 2015.



a man holding a sign: Homes for All co-chairs Stephanie Hoffman and Chris Burns are advocating to pass the housing millage on the Nov. 3 ballot.


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Homes for All co-chairs Stephanie Hoffman and Chris Burns are advocating to pass the housing millage on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The new millage purposes a 0.75-mill property tax for eight years, 2021 through 2028, to provide rental subsidies, permanent housing and related supportive services for residents of Kalamazoo County.

The previous millage was a 0.1-mill tax and was estimated to raise about $800,000 annually, for a period of six years. So far, the money has helped more than 500 families with children. The millage passed in 2015 with 18,971 votes cast in favor and 14,639 against.

The 2020 millage expands the language beyond helping families with school-age children. Housing

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