Commissioner Webb Clarifying Her May 2nd, 2017 Update.

On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 5:40 PM, Diane Webb
Mayor & Council,
See WVGC follow-up letter below from Commissioner Webb.
May 6, 2017
Dear Concerned Residents,
I am writing you this morning in response to some questions and feedback I received to my most recent update dated May 2nd, 2017.
It appears as though there are a couple of items that I covered in my update that require clarity.
First of which, concerns the potential funding source the City of Dearborn Heights would use to purchase the WVGC, if they decide to buy it, that I translated into layman’s terms and referred to as the City’s “Rainy Day Fund”. This is NOT a bucket of money that is in addition to the City’s Fund Balance, and the Fund Balance DOES NOT represent a bucket of extra cash that has no purpose or can be used to provide or enhance additional or existing services. Cities have to set funds aside to cover cash flow issues throughout the year, because not all revenues are collected in time to cover budgeted expenses. Cities that have no FUND Balance have to do internal borrowing to cover cash flow issues throughout the year and/or cover unexpected or emergency expenditures. The funds have to be paid back with a very low amount of interest— both are paid back to themselves. Again, this fund balance exists because the Mayor and his Team, which includes the Council, the Treasurer, the Clerk and all of his Department Heads have been financially prudent, and have been able to accumulate a small Fund Balance in order to manage cash flow without internal borrowing.
Taking $1.8M of the nearly $5M from Fund Balance will require a short term internal shuffling of internal funds that will have to be accounted for in the next fiscal year, but in speaking to both the Mayor and the Treasurer, will not represent an undue burden on the City. Therefore, using some of these funds to prevent a potential environmental disaster, much like what currently exists in the area surrounding Ecorse Creek on the City’s south end, is a legitimate use of these dollars. City’s that are fortunate to have a fund balance can and do use these dollars to mitigate risks that could represent greater financial burdens down the road all of the time; reducing liability, preventing lawsuits, decreasing housing values etc. are situation that could result from the development of this property that would end up costing the City more in the long run.  They are NOT dollars that can or should be spent at a whim-if they were, the Funds wouldn’t exist when they are truly needed. I think most of you got this but I was asked to clarify, so there it is.
The second Item I want clarify relates to the Commission’s potential votes on this item, and no one said anything to me in this regard, but I just want to clear, that no vote of the Commission has been taken at this point. A handful of Commissioners have made it clear to me that they would not support the development of the property, and I am pretty confident that I have enough information against the proposal to get to 8 or even 10 votes to stop it—but I used the term “hopefully” when referring to the Commission standing by the Mayor/City and I because you never know how politicians will vote until they do, because we have no way of knowing what is going with them behind the scenes. The only way to ensure your votes is enormous public pressure. Thousands of letters and some media coverage is a pretty sure fire way of stopping votes that don’t make sense. This leads me to my last topic.
I was asked by several people if we should continue the letter campaign and go after the media to keep this item in the public eye. My response to that question was not right now. I think we need to KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE as the City conducts their due diligence. By all means stay organized and be ready to pull that trigger if we need to. We just don’t want to assume this battle is over and forget about it, because I may need your help to apply pressure if the City determines it doesn’t want to purchase the property for whatever reason and the Hillcrest proposal ends up in front of the Commission for a vote. If organizations or individuals opposed to the sale of this property to Hillcrest for Development want to send the Commission and CEO letters/emails, to the effect that you understand the City is contemplating the purchase at this time, but that you know the CEO still has the Hillcrest Proposal on the table, to reiterate that you are opposed to that deal and you are still watching, feel free, but we want to save the full blown campaign and media blast card until or in case we need it.
In closing, I want to thank you for your kind words of support, it is truly my honor to represent all of you on the County Commission, as residents of Dearborn Heights, the 8th District, and communities throughout Wayne County. The County Executive’s Proposal to sell off and develop County Park Land that we all pay for as taxpayers, and value as residents could negatively impact us all.
Thanks again for your feedback and all of your assistance with this battle. Know that WVGC is still there right now because of all of our efforts, and I will keep you in the loop.
Warmest Regards,
Diane L. Webb
Mayor and his Team, which includes the Council, the Treasurer, the Clerk and all of his Department Heads have been financially prudent, and have been able to accumulate a small Fund Balance in order to manage cash flow without internal borrowing.
Taking $1.8M of the nearly $5M from Fund Balance will require a short term internal shuffling of internal funds that will have to be accounted for in the next fiscal year,

NO, NO, and NO, it’s called ‘internal fund borrowing.’ It’s been done for years and the funds are taken from TIFA, Water Fund, and others. Not to forget the Headlee Override Money each year.

His team isn’t financially prudent for heaven’s sake these funds are always available and have been used in the past read the story here in the Press and Guide stop selling this man as the Supper Hero of Dearborn Heights.

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4 thoughts on “Commissioner Webb Clarifying Her May 2nd, 2017 Update.”

  1. I’m talking right now about the money being used not being disclosed to the public but instead according to Webb after she apparently was told by the Mayor who said he couldn’t tell the taxpayer where the money was coming from. He could, however, break the rule for the OMA and tell her. How do we know this is even the truth we weren’t told so the whole process has started out with lies. How can we trust anything going forward?

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  2. The ‘Next Thing’ is what exactly? Warren Valley is happening right now , it is a big deal, a big issue. That is the issue now on the agenda, at least with many of the voting residents. How various candidates address this issue, and the solutions suggested, may decide which way to vote.

    We have heard Diane Webb’s opinions, again, what are your suggestions….your take on selling Warren Valley to a developer to turn it into a gated community of upper wealthy Mc Mansions??? Should it instead become the new city hall location, with free golf for all who support the idea for a year or two???

    This is wild speculation of course, but until we know where candidates stand , and their views, they are invisible. Diane Webb is not invisible, and , as a result, she is being attacked for her suggestions. Time for others to ‘uncloak’. Time for others to be ‘targets’ for backing up their views….and open to questions.

    Again, what are your suggestions for Warren Valley…..??

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  3. Start by telling the truth and stop using this situation as a way to campaign for the Mayor we could start there. When that and it never will happen we could get to the next thing.

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