Feel free to vote against everything if you wish to decrease your property values further.
Higher taxes ≠ higher property values.
My property taxes are half of what they would be in Detroit
And the city of Detroit is doing how well? How many [gainfully employed, civically-minded] people have fled? What's that median price figure for a house in Detroit?
According to the Michigan real estate listing service Realcomp, home sales in the Detroit area (including the city, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and Highland Park) were down 22 percent last month from April last year, bringing the number of properties sold in April to 539.
And now, with fewer properties on the market, prices are increasing, albeit slightly, with the median sale price up 2.8 percent to $9,000 in Detroit.
Woo-hoo. $9,000...and double the property taxes of Toledo (not to mention the crime and police department problems).
Detroit’s former police chief is lashing out about crime in the city. Speaking exclusively with WWJ’s Roberta Jasina, Warren Evans said crime is “over the top.”
“I’m sick and tired of the crime rate. The police have a budget of over $400 million a year. If they can’t produce better results with that kind of budget, then shame on them,” said Evans.
As for Imagination Station...whatever. Just like school levies and other pet projects, if the citizens reject it, they'll put another levy on...and another...and another...and another...until the damn thing passes. You know, like they did after COSI was defeated in 2006...then 2007...then it was up for a vote again in 2008.
Either that or Mayor McCheese will come up with funding from the "Super Secret Mayor's Stash of Magical Cash"....which never seems to appear to fix potholes or other necessities <shrug>.
A bit cynical about this particular project? You bet. And I love museums. But this thing has always felt like it has been shoved down my throat.
If they want to set themselves up to ensure survival, they can do what any reputable art museum or symphony does--start building a damn endowment fund.