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Portage assesses budget damage due to COVID-19

The city passed a $93 million budget, but plans to reassess quarterly.

The Portage City Commission agreed to a $93 million budget for the year Tuesday, according to an article on MLive. They will also revisit the budget quarterly and make updates as needed as the city contends with decreased revenue due to the pandemic.

The city expects to lose $2.6 million of revenue from state transportation funds and another $2 million in state revenue sharing.

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To cut spending, the city has furloughed 42 employees, cancelled planned improvements to trails, and put off upgrades to equipment.

Other local governments are facing similar hardships. Kalamazoo County is wrestling with a $1.3 million budget shortfall.

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