Attached is the proposed budget for Grosse Pointe Woods which has not yet been formally approved. While Grosse Pointe Woods has the technology to post the unapproved budget on-line, they are only required by law to notify residents where they can view the budget which is at city hall during business hours. Two of our residents took their own time to scan major portions of the budget so that residents would have the opportunity to review it at their leisure and make comments in advance of the public hearing which is scheduled for May 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m in council chambers.
It should be apparent that there are many cuts that can yet be made before voters are asked to approve a tax increase by way of a Headlee override which will only ensure business as usual.
By way of example, should city employees have memberships in professional organizations and travel accounts when the budget is tight? We don’t agree with the extravagant “parties” and believe they should be eliminated. Should the City Attorney should be receiving health care benefits as an independent contractor?
IF YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED SPECIFIC SPENDING CUTS, PLEASE SEND US AN E-MAIL TO NOBLANKCHECK@GMAIL.COM OR REPLY TO THIS POST. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BE HEARD.