The Memo from the Mayor’s office dated August 29 2011 has several statements and a list of things that will take place on September 13 2011. The Headlee Override is not enough to balance our budget his words.
- Pay cuts of 10% of all Department Heads and Deputies
- Requested Pay cuts of 10% for all Elected Officials
- Friday closure of all city buildings (with the exception of the to Fire Stations and the Justice Center)
- Furlough for all employees working in closed building with a 10% pay cut
- Elimination of cell phone stipend for all public employees
The memo goes on to say
All these cuts will not be enough with out the passage of the millage proposal; nor will the millage proposal alone provide the City with the adequate resources to meet the $5 million deficit. The economic turmoil of Michigan and the United States has vastly surpassed even the grimmest of estimates.
The Mayor goes on to say that the City needs to cut this deficit to be able to fund most of the services Dearborn Heights residents have come to expect. That is what has lead to the request for a millage on the November General Election.
In the same memo the Mayor writes that if the millage fails the $5 million deficit the City will require “draconian cuts. ”
- Elimination of the Department of Recreation- cutting approximately $1 million from the deficit and this will involve:
- Closure of all recreation facilities, senior centers, and parks
- Layoffs of all Recreation personnel
- Layoffs of 30-50% percent of Fire Employees and Closure of one of two Fire Stations and the outsourcing of EMS Services- cutting approximately $1.5 million from the deficit
- Layoffs of 30-50 percent of Police Employees- cutting approximately 1.5 million from the deficit
- Additional pay cut for remaining all General Government Employees of 20 percent- cutting approximately $900,000
- No overtime for remaining Employees, even in cases of emergency.
The reality is that, if the millage is not passed and cuts of these magnitude are not undertaken, then the City becomes insolvent. A financial manager will then be imposed on the City. Cuts will be made without the input from the citizens and local control will be eliminated.
The Mayor in the same memo say’s “the reality is that Dearborn Heights thus far has fared much better than many of our surrounding communities.”
It is very hard to believe this man, I have said why many times before so I will not go back over it again. What I would like to say is I have talked with a council member that does confirm the city is in “trouble.” Not a word that this council member would use unless they felt the city is indeed in serious trouble. They did however tell me that we need to see where the Mayor plans on spending the money in General Spending. They are not the only Council member asking for this, Councilwoman Horvath demanded that at the last council meeting.
Mr. Mayor if you are coming here and reading what the residents are saying then you should know by now how they feel. This is nothing compared to what I have been told, I will say just from the discussions with many, many people that they want to see the numbers. They are demanding to know where you are going to be spending this money. Here is some reality for you Sir, the people do not believe you, they feel that you have been misleading this city for the past two years. What they point to the most is your State of the City address they are wondering why you did not take that opportunity to tell all of us the truth. They all so mention your many statements at council meetings as to how good the budget is. Mr. Mayor the people working under the very roof you are at did not have any idea as to how bad the city is. People working for the city are asking the same questions as the rest of us “why didn’t you say something and why didn’t you do something before this?”
The reality for all of us going to the poll in November to vote for this is if the HO does not pass the city will have to make drastic cuts, and yes these cuts are going to effect our services. It is true that the city is on the path of an EFM coming into the city. While the mayor says that we will not have a choice in what happens I do not see how that is much different from what he has been doing for years. None of us have had a say in anything that he has done. None of us have had a say in the way he has handled this, we have not had the opportunity to study or prepare ourselves for this. That would be because the Mayor has hidden the facts from everyone.
I do not want to see the city fail at the same time the Mayor should not walk away unscathed from what he has done. I want him held accountable for his part in all of this. While he may not be able to control what the State and Federal government do. He can control what comes out of his mouth. While he is not responsible for the stock market and banks he is responsible for misleading the residents of Dearborn Heights.
Missy said this here on the blog:
drheights48127 – I understand your frustration with our mayor, I SHARE your frustration – However, you need to vote based on YOUR CITY and the things you want for YOUR city. Do not make the mistake of letting this man get in the way of that. He won’t be there forever, I cannot imagine him serving another term. If it’s true that he doesn’t own a home in the city then he will be out the door once his term is up and he’ll be laughing at you and the rest of us for leaving us in such a mess. Be pro-active and get out and help this city rise to what it once was!
I took that comment to heart, the vote has to be for the city not for or against the Mayor. If this has any chance of passing the Mayor will have to stop comparing us to other city’s this is our city and we are not doing all that great Mr. Mayor so stop it. The Mayor will all so have to show where the money is going to be spent there is an amount of money that is put for “General Spending” general spending covers many things we should know what in general spending this money is going to. You can not come to the voters and ask for money without telling us where you plan on spending it. We will get our chance to vote how we feel about this Mayor if he runs for reelection in 2013.