Anonymous said: The new FM might be our own mayor or his assistant. They both went to training last week in Lansing on how to become financial managers!
From what I understand the aims of the seminar are:
The new seminar focuses more on how to deal with strapped city and school finances to avoid EFMs, said attorney Ed Plawecki, who co-organized the two-day session. Plawecki is a former district judge and Wayne County commissioner.
Unlike the February event, this seminar includes sessions on public school law and funding, forensic auditing, consolidating government services and controlling employee health care costs.
The seminar from my understanding was for the prevention of a EFM to come into a city. The Mayor his assistant and the comptroller attended the seminar. I understand the Comptroller going and the Mayor of the city, but what I do not understand is why the assistant to the Mayor is in attendance. The assistant to the Mayor did negotiate all of the union contracts in the city. There are many people who will say that she gave away everything in these contract negotiations.
Benton Harbor was the first city that had its officials nullified the city already had a FM, but under the new law the FM has more powers. What did EFM Harris do well he declared that the officials of the city could meet, but make no decisions.
What did the Mayor of Dearborn Heights have to say;
Dearborn Heights Mayor Daniel Paletko said his city is not in financial danger, but he’s attending the session to learn more about the new EFM law.
“We want to learn what it’s about, that’s why we’re here,” Paletko said.
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The Mayor say’s the city is not in financial trouble that is not what I am hearing and that is not what has been reported. During one budget meeting (the first one) councilwoman Van Houten said that she wanted to know what the “Plan was” to get out of the deficit budget we are now in. She also asked when the plan had to be submitted to the State? The Mayors response was we will be submitting a plan, the plan is the sell of the incinerator property. If the deficit is upwards of 2 million how is the sale of the incinerator property going to get the city out of deficit? The sell of the property would bring 1.2 million. Many are looking at the cash flow report from the Treasure of Dearborn Heights, and the borrowing of money from other departments to make payroll. Take what many are calling the inflated revenue numbers in the Mayors proposed budget. People that have looked at the budget are pointing to these numbers and saying that they are way off. I am sure that there are council members that are feeling the same way and are looking very closely at this part of the budget.
If and I am saying if an EFM came to the city and if that person was the Mayor just how would that work? The Mayor would then remove himself as the Mayor strip his self of all powers as the Mayor. Then he would strip the council of all of its powers and appoint his self as the EFM with I am sure his assistant as what ( EFM Junior) That would be a dream come true for the Mayor he would have total control of the city and answer to no one. Check and balance not anymore there would be no one to stop him from hiring firing doing what ever he wanted to. That is very, very fighting no city council to approve his spending. No city council to say yes or no on contracts or projects he might want to do. Want more well he may get rid of his power as Mayor and maybe suspend his salary, but he will get a larger salary as an EFM $150,000.00 a year from what I understand. What if he keeps the title as Mayor/EFM and retains the salaries of both positions. I would hope that there is a provision in the new law that would prevent something like this from happening. The system of government in the city is a strong Mayor weak council and it shows all the time. Well just imagine if there was a Mayor with absolute power. Imagine if the Mayor came in as a EFM and told your elected council that you can meet, but can not make any decisions. I hope we never get an EFM not the Mayor or anyone else for that matter I think this is destroying the very fiber of our society. This strips the votes of all their rights not to mention turning our city’s into one big business operation. There will no long be something called community just a business. If you do not believe what I am saying just watch this
What if this was our council who could only call to order a meeting, approve the minutes, and end a meeting that is it. The council better roll up their sleeves and get to work and start making some changes because before you know it this could happen here in the city of Dearborn Heights.