Identifying the flooding problem in Dearborn Heights is only the first part of the problem Are we as residents of Dearborn Heights ready to pay for the solution?
Found this today on Facebook.
Dearborn Residents: pay attention and share!
At the Mayor’s request, the Dearborn City Council has approved over $16 million in new addition spending to work on the failed sewer systems. The “CSO Project” has been an unmitigated disaster. The project has now cost Dearborn taxpayers over $300,000,000. This burden will be born by the taxpayers for over 30 years to come (over half a billion dollars with interest). The Dearborn City Council meeting minutes below include some details on these numbers.
The City raised property taxes again this year and raised the cost of parking tickets and is even now reallocating millions of dollars from the police department budget to pay for these failures.
As a result, Dearborn now has less than 175 full time officers on duty, 30 less than the charter mandate (205).
The sad reality is that the failure of the sewer systems have cost individual home and business owners an additional amount exceeding $300,000,000 in lost property and inventory. This number is likely to grow exponentially as the effects of toxic mold take a toll on the health and property of over 25,000 Dearborn residents, employees and business owners.
Such an epic failure must be accounted for. We must work together to bring residents the information they deserve and demand accountability.
I understand the cost of fixing the problem here in Dearborn Heights is just as costly if not more. It’s not just for our City to my understanding this would include other City’s around us to pick up their portion of the “fix.” Are they willing or able to do that? Each city would have to take this to the voters for approval “tax increases” how many city’s around us would be willing to vote on increasing their taxes? I can’t think of one project the city of Dearborn Heights that’s been done without “overages.”
I’m hoping that what Grandma Suzane is doing with her investigation into where the water is coming from and going to might help. Let’s face it…If we don’t find out the REAL answers there’s no point spending money on it. In-order to get those answers someone from the City should sit down with Grandma Suzane go over what she’s uncovered and take it from there. Roll up your Pants put on your boots and start walking around these areas for yourselves. (Mr. Mayor) that means you. You represent us you are in charge get up and get out there and look for yourself. One commenter wrote on here that there is a big tree branch blocking some drain. They’ve called the county and the county still hasn’t removed the branch. Have you Mr. Mayor called anyone? When’s the last time you went and looked at any of these places being discussed here on the blog. While you may not read the blog there are those that work in the City that do. For those of you that do please tell our Mayor what has been uncovered please start making some phone calls. I think 50 years is enough.
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