Eastpointe will again ask voters to pass millages

Nov 28, 2013 Full story: Detroit News

City Manger Steve Duchane said Eastpointe will put the proposals on either the August or November ballots next year in the hopes of avoiding the same fate as a handful of other financially struggling communities in the state.

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Eastpointe resident

Eastpointe, MI

#1 Dec 1, 2013
Why do they bother to even ask for a tax increase when they can just add a new tax on the winter bill for an amount and reason of their choosing?$32 for street lights? They didn't ask us about that. Just tack on a thousand for "stuff".
Skeptical resident

Eastpointe, MI

#2 Dec 2, 2013
A question about this proposed property tax increase:
Would someone please explain something to me about this vote to raise the property tax in Eastpointe?
Iím very confused and itís why I voted the way I did.
And I think 2000 of us felt the same way, rejecting the proposal 2 to 1.
But maybe I smelled a rat where there was none.
Did my cynicism and distrust of government lead me to believe they were trying to pull something they werenít really trying to pull?
They kept saying that this was just a .83 mill increase and would only increase
our property tax by a very small amount Ė FROM WHAT WE ARE CURRENTLY PAYING.
If this was going to save the city I would have voted yes.
BUT - the city operates on a 12.17 mill tax now with a temporary 7 mill ďpublic safetyĒ tax for a total of 19.17 mills.
They wanted to increase what they could tax to 20 mills. Of course if they could tax at 20 mills Ė they will.
So thatís a .83 mill increase, right?
But this 7 mill tax is set to expire soon.
So were they actually trying to increase the property tax by 7.83 mills?Ė making that temporary 7 mill tax PERMENANT along with an additional .83 mills?

Was this really the dirty, lowdown, underhanded, deceitful money grab that I have come to expect from government in my increasing skepticism of politicians?

Or am I completely wrong and this was just a .83 mil increase they said it was?

If itís the ladder, I apologize and will vote yes. If itís the former. I think itís totally despicable and my lack of any kind of faith or respect is restored in politicians and government.

This should have been made clear it was just a .83 mill increase and not the 7.83 mill permanent deceitful increase everyone thought it was.
no money no money

Troy, MI

#3 Dec 2, 2013
My taxes are a puny amount compared to ten years ago, and keep dropping, as have everyone elses. So what is the city supposed to do? Just keep trimming services? Gotta pay the bills somehow.
no money no money

Troy, MI

#4 Dec 3, 2013
To whomever does not want the millage increase, please explain where the money is supposed to come from, or what services should be cut.
same question

Eastpointe, MI

#5 Dec 8, 2013
So, are they trying to raise property taxes just .83 mills or .83 mills and at the same time make the soon to expire 7 mill temp police and fire a permanent part of the operating millage?
If the temp police and fire is allowed to expire and this passes do our taxes increase .83 or 7.83 mills?

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