City unprepared for what is coming…

The city is unprepared for what the Governor is getting ready to do. The Mayor has been saying for about 2 years now that the state is going to cut state funding the state is going to do this and that. Yet the Mayor did not do one thing to prepare the city for what is coming. The opposite he gave pay increases and negotiated new contracts in the hopes to find savings with health care. Have those savings been realized? According to many NO they have not. The mayor even said in the Press and Guide that Blue Cross was using the excuse of computer problems. What does that have to do with the city saving or not have no idea. The Mayor and most everyone could see that this was coming he had the chance in 2008, 2009, and again in 2010 to make the hard changes that needed to be made. As someone said here to be proactive not reactive now the city is scrambling to find money. He claims to have made cut after cut what has he cut? He eliminated a couple of positions offered early outs and 14 people are taking those early outs. Wait how many of those people who have taken the early outs need to be replaced? Many of them the City Clerk and the council secretary are just two.  You may not think this money crunch  is not going to affect you well just look outside is your street plowed yet? Storm hits on Sunday no plows out would that be because the city can not pay for the overtime. Not just our city Dearborn was a mess Ford Rd was one big pile of slush.

Watching and waiting to see if the Mayors favorite departments are going to have any major cuts there is one department that the Mayor will do anything to make sure stays the same. Well even if it might  be the unpopular thing to do Mr. Mayor you are going to have to cut some of those things that you are hanging on to. You must do what is right for the city not what is right for you to maintain the perception that you “walk on water.” What is the council going to do about all of this? That remains to be seen they do not get the budget before them until April. That is not to say that something shouldn’t be done about the budget that we are working with now. This budget is still at a short fall and yet there has been no call to have it amended. When does that have to happen? If someone out there knows about that please drop us a line and let us know.

If all else fails then the Governor Snyder can send us a Financial Manager and what would this person be able to do? “Under the proposal pending in the Michigan House of Representatives, the emergency manager would have the authority to — get this — void current contracts with government employees; revamp their pensions; force the consolidation of services; and, if a city owns a utility, the money-czar can sell it.” source: Press and Guide. Read Full Story The city of  Wayne did not wait, that city has been proactive and has taken several steps in advance to what is coming…

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27 thoughts on “City unprepared for what is coming…”

  1. Anonymous,
    Did you use 200 comparable sales that were foreclosures? You can’t use those. The banks are unloading these houses for whatever they can get, so they aren’t true comps. I can’t imagine 200 actual sales in THIS city that aren’t foreclosures.

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  2. Anonymous

    Thank you for sticking it out, we own a business too and feel the pain. My husband and I feel the same way wait it out that is all any of us can do. We consider this our home raised the kids here and can not imagine going any place else. The city sure does not need another empty house so I would like to say you and your husband did what you had to do the city might have a little less but as you said at least you did not walk away. Let us all hope that this will end sooner than later keep your chin up…

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  3. each year we had to appeal, so a total of three. we wouldn’t have argued about what to pay, but our business income went down close to 30%. we had a choice : A: walk a way, cause we are under water, and the taxes don’t add up.
    B: appeal our taxes, and stay in our house and try to ride this out.
    we opted for B. we have 3 kids, and couldn’t walk away. this is there home, and our home, and they have friends here. we have put a lot of effort into keeping our property clean.
    so, yes the city is getting less from us, but in the big picture, this city has one less empty house to add to a list of many.
    we are here, keeping it up. waiting it out. we are here good, or bad!
    as far as the assessing dept, my husband and I won’t be having to go down there for a long time.

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  4. Anonymous

    I do not mean it in that way what I am trying to say is that the Community and Economic Department can not actively go out an meet with these people. They can not do anything that is my point. Maybe the wrong words to use.

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  5. Location, Location, Location.

    I don’t know where your house is, but now that you mention it’s a double lot I’m not so sorry for you. $150000 seems slightly high because of the current economy, but just because an agent tells you $80000 doesn’t mean that’s all it’s actually worth. It’s a tough market for agents so they want to unload properties as quick as they can to make a buck and make their money off a higher volume of sales. My advice, sell it yourself or shop around for a new agent.

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  6. Sorry, but I have to disagree on a point. The “wine and dine” way of bringing in business is sleazy. I think that’s the tactics and people we all DON’T want in our government. There is a respectable way to work with and encourage businesses and I wouldn’t want to see our leaders go the other direction. So if our economic department are limited to doing it the respectable way now, without the “wine and dine”, then more power to them!

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  7. Anonymous

    I am sorry you were treated so badly, but getting classified as a troublemaker is a badge of honor in this city. The administration does have a history of doing that with anyone that says anything about the city… I have never questioned my taxes here someone said here, on the blog with the way the market is they are sure that all of our hones are over assessed I think that would be true.. I am surprised that the assessor’s office treated you badly they are one of the departments in the city that I have never heard anything bad about. How long if you do not mind me asking did you have to fight? 200 comparable s WOW is that how many it takes to show something is wrong. At one point my house was assessed at such a high value I looked at my husband and told him that there is no way this house is worth that much. There was a time when the property prices went sky high in this city. Homes being sold for outrageous amounts, and then the balloon broke and the truth was exposed. That is why we have the mess we do in the whole country. There is so much about this city that is jaw dropping.

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  8. yes, 980 square foot. not 1,980. not a typo. we do how ever have a double lot, but still not worth that. the city also classified our garage as brand new, when it was nearly 10 yrs old. they fudge things down there. let me know if you want to see my assessment paperwork. i know how to get a hold of you. it is quite sickening. we had 200 comparable sales in the city, which we showed them. they wouldn’t use them, cause they have there “own” list. we did our homework, and some of those homes they used were not updated info, and some false info. they also said our agent didn’t know what she was doing. (she has been in the business for over 30 yrs).
    So, we talked to other agents, in this city, and they concurred with the first agent.
    they are not voluntarily going to give you, your money back.
    by the way,we have been classified in the city as troublemakers.
    my husband did a ton of homework on all of this, and it is an eyeopening experience, if not jaw dropping.

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  9. I absolutely think that a homeowner has the right to appeal their assessment. I was just trying to point out the fact that if the housing assessments keep going down and down, it will welcome more and more rentals, people will be able to move in paying $20,000 for a house (that was once worth $200,000), and continue to lower assessments, etc. I have no doubt that most of the houses in this city are overassessed, but by lowering them, it is making the cities housing market go downhill. I have lived in Dearborn Heights my entire life and it was once a great city. I cannot say the same today. I’m sorry, but this city has changed. And NOT for the better! Someone else referred to the city as Detroit Heights. I think they were right on the money!!!

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  10. Anonymous

    You said you house is 980 square feet??? Not 1,980 square feet? $150,000.00 for 980 square feet… that does not make sense to me, but what would I know I am not an assessor.

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  11. In My Opinion

    Nice to hear from you, you have been coming here for a long time and I have made many suggestions starting back in 09 about things that could be done to save money. Here is another one why not make some changes in the community and economic department not talking about getting rid of anyone but with their hands tied the way they are. By this I mean they are funded by CDBG Grant money so they can not actively go out to get business to our city. (wine and dine) them we need some more coming into our city. Tim Hortons should just be the start we need to make it possible for franchises to want to come here. I wrote about this awhile back I only hope something can be done.

    I point a finger at the man that has said more than once for the past two years that this was going to happen and yet did nothing to prepare this city for it. In our business we saw this coming more then 3 years ago and started making changes back than, we made cuts in our personal expenses long ago. I gave up having a car to make sure I could keep paying for the tuition’s of 3 children just one of many things that have been cut. Why isn’t our Mayor making the cuts that need to be made?

    Everyone what ever suggestion you have put it up here no matter what it is, one thing In My Opinion says that rings true “Everyone is in this situation together.”

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  12. Cynicism is the crutch of the lazy and the misinformed. In this life one does not have to walk around with blinders, but more positive solutions should be suggested and less “blasting” for its own sake.

    I have seen some positive suggestions on this page from time to time and that is what should be emphasized. Everyone is in this situation together, yet fingers are pointed everywhere except at one’s self.

    So in that vein- what constructive alternatives exist in light of what is possibly coming (or not coming) from the governor? What ideas do you all have? What will improve the situation?

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  13. totally agree about the assessment. we wanted to sell our house
    (ha! ha! ha!). the agent said that we could only be able to put our house up for $80,000. the city assessment had our house valued at $150,000.?????? so we were being over taxed, because our house in this market was not worth that. our house is by no means lavish.its old. Built in 1938. its 980 square foot ranch, for crying out loud. so we appealed , and were denied by the city.then we filed a complaint with the michigan tax tribunal. for 3 years in a row, the city kept raising our taxable, even though the values kept going down with the economy. finally the city contacted us to settle, cause they didn’t want to go to court. We got our money back, and it was a chunk of change.
    in the mean time when we went to talk to someone down in the assessing dept, we were told that we were becoming a problem. pretend that we were not at the counter. their job is to answer questions, not give attitude.
    i don’t envy their job, but at least they have a job. some people don’t.

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  14. I just watched the 2/22/11 ccm. The end of the meeting told the whole story: No one had a thing to say. I think that shows that the people have given up hope of our city getting on track any time soon.
    I didn’t see the mayor or his staff offer any bits of their salaries or perks.
    I did see where a big time $2 fee for the BS&A site was put on the list. Though some of the speakers are correct, other cities have put the $2 fee on, I wonder if it made a big difference. I think it is a shame that for so many years BS&A was there for the citizen’s use, free, to compare assessments, tax amounts, etc. I would think that we should have the right to the info, without a stupid $2 fee.
    There are other reasons to use BS&A’s services. If the info is only available free if we call, you better be hiring someone to answer those calls. There are people who do volunteer taxes for seniors and low income. Most of the time the people don’t have complete info on their homes needed for the Homestead Credit.
    It gets on my nerves when I watch how petty some things are and the big deals that are made of them, then more important issues are totally shoved under the carpet.
    One problem people are storming about is the fact that there are rules (ordinances) in place. The administration picks and chooses what they will follow, and what others will follow. The gray area is so large, there is hardly any black or white areas.
    And for those who think the citizens don’t have the right to try to lower their assessments/taxes, you are wrong. The economy all over is bad, people are losing their homes, their livelyhoods, their lives. It is difficult for everyone. There are things we can do that are not against the law, to help us over this hump. Until you walk in those shoes, don’t make it any harder.

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  15. I was referring to Rose Bogaert’s post about her seminar on how to appeal taxes to pay less. If everyone just keeps paying less and less taxes, then the city is going to fall into even worse problems.

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  16. Sean

    Round and Round we go if assessment is done right then there will be no reason to appeal it. It is nice to know the option is there for someone who thinks they are paying to much.

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  17. Sure, everybody appeal your property assessment. Let’s make the values of the houses in this city even worse than they already are. And “Anonymous” is right. It would bring in less revenue for the city. Then there will be more layoffs, less city services, worse customer service and MORE complaining!!!

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  18. Anonymous

    What are you talking about how is this site promoting the city getting less income how does the Mayor not preparing for what he more then once said was coming down from the state have to do with income?

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  19. Sure. We’re all complaining that the city is broke, now we’re going to promote how to make the city get even less income. gotta love this site! haha

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  20. Tuesday, February 22, 7:00 pm at Leon’s Family Dining on Michigan Ave. 1/2 block east of Telegraph, we will be conducting a seminar on How to Appeal Your Property Assessment. We will have handouts and a Power Pointe presentation. $1 donation to cover costs and please buy something from Leon’s to thank him. Worth every cent.

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  21. Amazed

    I wrote the same thing not so long ago the funny thing is I believed him when he said on 1-1-2010 the check register was going up. I never though for one minute he would make such an announcement at a council meeting and lie about it. Everyone else I talked to knew he was never going to do it more than a year later and he has not. Same thing as going to his office and you are promised everything will be taken care of and nothing happens he is very good at it.

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  22. Where is the check register. Where is that check register the Mayor promised back in January of 2010? Why is he allowed to just spew out promises and never keep them? Does he think if he waits long enough we will forget about them and we will all go away?

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  23. The city has not plowed our street a neighbor did. So the city saved money. I had to pay for a city tree to be trimmed back because it was damaging my house and dpw refused to pay for it so I hired the tree trimmer to do it and that is how it is going to be,we will have to do what is needed if we want our neighborhood to look half way respectable,we clean the street infront of our house plus many other things as the city has no money. Isnt it amazing how the mayors assis., still has her car 24-7 go figure. I give up

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  24. CuriousHeights

    Yes it is was not trying to imply that it was an one city’s responsibility just saying it was a mess.

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  25. Just a detail, but isn’t plowing Ford road the responsibility of Wayne County, and not the individual cities?

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