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Legacy Cost Task Force

The City Commission has authorized the City Manager to create a Legacy Cost Task Force to research, study, and explore options that account for the City’s long-term financial liability for providing health care to its retirees.

The term “legacy costs” means the current and projected future costs of providing health insurance to City of Kalamazoo retirees. This does not include any pension benefit, which is pre-funded by the City during an employee’s employment.

The Task Force will study the issue and recommend workable options for the City Commission to consider before the end of the summer of 2014. The Task Force is made up of: 3 City Commissioners, 4 City administrators, 5 retired City employees, 3 current City employees, 2 representatives from the business community, 1 higher education representative, and 3 city residents at-large.

Final Report

The work of the Legacy Cost Task Force was completed as of August 11, 2014. To read the final recommendations presented to the City Commission on August 18, 2014, please click the link below.

Meeting #12

This meeting will be held Monday, August 11 at 4:30 pm in the main conference room at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Meeting #11

This meeting will be held Monday, July 28 at 4:30 pm in the main conference room at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Meeting #10

Monday, July 14 at 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Meeting #9

Monday, June 23 at 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Meeting #8

Monday, June 9 at 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Meeting #7

Tuesday, May 27 at 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Meeting #6

Monday, May 12 at 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Meeting #5

Monday, April 28 at 4:30 pm in the Community Room of the Parks and Recreation offices at Mayors' Riverfront Park, 251 Mills Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Meeting #4

Monday, April 14 at 4:30 pm in the Community Room of the Parks and Recreation offices at Mayors' Riverfront Park, 251 Mills Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Meeting #3

Monday, March 24 at 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Mt. Zion baptist Church, 120 Roberson Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Meeting #2

Monday, February 24 at 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson Street, Kalamazoo, MI

Meeting #1

Wednesday, February 19 at 4:30 pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, located at 120 Roberson St, Kalamazoo.

Read City Manager Ritsema’s memo creating the Task Force click here