OPINION: Dearborn Heights Council should take direct approach to budget
By Tom Berry
For those following the 2012 -13 budget deliberation in Dearborn Heights, you know I am in disagreement with the approach the administration is taking toward our budgetary issues.
The budget is heavily dependent upon revenues generated from tickets written by police, early retirements and a four-day work week.
In my opinion a direct approach to resolve the issue is more effective.
According to a study conducted by Plante Moran in February, it reveals our police force is staffed with 20 percent more employees than other cities with similar populations. It also suggests if the city went into receivership, the police department would be the first place where cuts would be made. Reducing the department by 12 officers is a savings of more than $850,000, with no loss of the essential service.
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