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Don't let the city lead you to believe they need to cover $2.5 million in lost tax revenues.

Don't let the city lead you to believe they need to cover $2.5 million in lost tax revenues.

The city made up the $2.5 million number by adding to the actual $647,000 shortfall an expired dedicated park millage, savings in a new trash collection contract, and a savings in the milk drain dedicated millage. 

The actual shortfall to the general fund is $637,000 which can be covered by cuts to nonessential service expense cuts.  

Do you want to give the city ten years to write blank checks when they can't tell you the truth about how much they are overdrawn? NO BLANK CHECK!

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John October 24, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Christopher, I do not think that you read my posts. First, I do not know Ms. Howle, or any of the people you claim have a vendetta against the mayor. Nor do I care. Also, never have I mentioned "corruption" when referring to the city or its government. Why would you answer one of my posts by spewing on about Ms. Howle & co.? Take it up with them. Second, when did I mention the party for volunteers in this post, or the City Council salaries? Third, when did I say that the city was doing nothing? As far as accountability, you must admit that your assertion about me holding the city accountable for "declining property values and a tanking economy" is your interpretation, and thus, inaccurate. The accountability factor has to do with what the city government intends to do with our tax money, should the general fund millage pass. Are they not accountable for that? Isn't it fair to say that the city government can tell us how much they have cut, and how much the city is suffering, (like the rest of us, by the way), but they should also tell us how they plan to fix it? Surely they must have a plan to fix this dire situation, other than throwing money at it. And since you have brought it up, why is the $10,000 city party a ridiculous argument? What other municipalities spend that much on a volunteer party? You cannot cry poor, lay off workers, instill unpaid furlough days, and then say, "oh, by the way, we are keeping our $10,000 volunteer party".
christopher October 24, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Gloria, I know for a fact that the other Grosse Pointes are waiting and watching very closely to what happens with our millage. Grosse pte Shores and Grosse Pte Park are in very dire straights....If the millage passes you mark the word the others will follow. If im wrong i will gladly give you a gift certificate for $350 to any fancy restaurant you want and you and your significant other can go celebrate in my misery. : )
Popeye October 24, 2012 at 06:46 PM
GLORIA, WHERE WOULD YOU PURCHASE A HOME? 2011/2012 MILLAGE RATES County General Bonds Trash EMS Sewer Drain Total GP WOODS 13.5432 0.0000 2.0251 0.3578 0.0000 4.4665 20.3926 GP PARK 11.5590 0.8300 1.7200 0.0000 2.5270. 0.0000 16.6360 MILLAGE RATES w/HEADLEE OVERRIDE (1.85 Mils) and Road Bond (2.1 Mils.) GP WOODS 15.3932 2.1000 2.0251 0.3578 0.0000 4.4665 24.3426 GP PARK 11.5590 0.8300 1.7200 0.0000 2.5270 0.0000 16.6360 GP Woods Millage Rates are already 23% higher than GP Park. The 2 proposed millages will increase that disparity to 46% The Headlee millage rate portion mayincrease at a compound rate of 5% per year Take a look at your water bill. Another large increase. So Gloria where would you purchase a new home? The South end of town is already picking up North end residents due to issues in the schools. Now the North End has the stigma of a Headlee Override. Property values will fall in Woods with the 2 proposed millages. It is your choice Gloria.
Gloria October 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Popeye, If I had it to do over again, I would buy in the Park. I grew up there and know the area well. That said, I have been in the Woods for years. My home is here now and I will do everything in my power to stop these tax increases. With the information you shared above, it would give a person pause before they consider purchasing a home in the Woods! Hope that answers your question...
Gloria October 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Even higher taxes will be taking a bit out of your income... A typical worker about $1,000 a year, and two-earner family with six-figure incomes as much as $4,500. A temporary reduction in Social Security payroll taxes expires at the end of the year and hardly anyone in Washington is pushing to extend it. Even Republicans who have sworn off tax increases have little appetite to prevent one that will cost a typical worker about $1,000 a year, and two-earner family with six-figure incomes as much as $4,500. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2012/10/21/taxes-2013-163m-workers/1647251/ So think twice about allowing GPW to raise your property taxes! Vote NO and NO!!! No Blank Check!

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