Some of you might remember what the Mayor said leading up to the vote by the residents to pass the Headlee Override. For those that don’t the Mayor held two town halls concerning the Headlee Override, the Mayor said he needed the money to save the City. Members of the Police and Fire departments walked door to door to get out the Yes vote for this. The main issue the Mayor was driving home to all residents was if you don’t pass this I will be forced (the poor man) forced to lay off 50 police officers and the fire services will be reduced. He said that if the residents didn’t pass the Headlee Override we would no longer have our emergency services. He scared the pants off of residents the main target were the seniors the largest voting block in Dearborn Heights.
That was then this is now and now the Mayor want’s to outsource our 911 dispatch. Dispatch is part of the city’s emergency services last time I looked anyway it was. When the Mayor was telling all of us he needed the money to save our emergency services there wasn’t anything in small print that said ‘not including 911 dispatch.’ Mr. Mayor are you going to stand by that lie you sold the Headlee Override based on? What else could it be besides a lie? If it wasn’t you wouldn’t be selling off our dispatch equipment and trying to move our 911 dispatch to the city of Dearborn. Have you run the numbers and figured out how much are you going to be giving back to the residents if the council approves this move. I want some money back if 911 dispatched is moved and Headlee Override funds are used in part to keep our emergency services and dispatch is part of those services. Give me some of my money back.
No that won’t happen I know that because 911 dispatch still has to be paid that money will go to the city of Dearborn. Oh, what’s that there is a savings? Please. $240,000.00 a year so they say and that money the Mayor clearly said at his town hall for outsourcing 911 dispatch. Will go to giving employee raises to some who have been without a raise since 2009. That issue is for another post stay tuned. Back to the point Mr. Mayor you sold a lie if it wasn’t a lie you wouldn’t even consider doing this. Not only are you considering it you worked two years on the proposal. Two years all the while taking our money for something that you plan on- outsourcing anyway. I have to admit Mr. Mayor you are good and residents fall for your lies time and time again. Council falls for your lies time and time again. Lies do, however, have a way of coming back and biting you in the _____I wonder if this one will? I sure hope it does. Council Vote NO keep our 911 dispatch.