Daniel Howes: Orr sets record straight on stalled water talks
Kevyn Orr is opening the tap a little wider in southeast Michigan's water wars. In a letter to county representatives dated Wednesday, Detroit's emergency manager is rebutting charges of bad faith in talks with Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to regionalize oversight and management of the city's Water and Sewerage Department and form the Great ... (more)
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#1 Apr 3, 2014
I really dont see where this is such a high prioity.i remember over two decades ago the warren mayor was constantly bringing up his dissatisfaction with the water dept. In Detroit. Many. Things,especially in wayne county alone, have been put to low or no priority,including this failed Wayne county jail. If they couldn't handle solving. What went wrong here to publics satisfaction, why is this water and sewage subject being listed as such importance? To get the focus off of other things that have failed?there seems to be things in Wayne county alone that r of much higher importanc. Public schools buildings that need updating or rebuilt.in lorain ohio,they r building a brand new state of the art high school. Everyone in this region seems to put their tax funded salaries as highest priority. Pensions r out of control. Why does a city that iisn't that financially well off ge . New schools? Because of important priorities, taylor could use new schools. When was the last time they have had new schools.? Yet the police fire,city salaries and pensions r astronomical as in other regions.this is where public should focus. On getting things that matter done. Not making sure po l ice,fire, county etc.get these ridiculous salaries and pensionswhen it gets down to it, the city and counties can't afford these payouts.. The water and sewage authority can get done without all the hype.
#2 Apr 3, 2014
I suspect the hype is that Orr wants to move things along and get out of town. The WSD is a huge liability down the road. He would love to unload that liability and at the same time insure an income stream for Detroit that would lock in a recovery plan.
The bottom line is really all about shifting Detroit's burden to outlying taxpayers. If they can't do it with this regional reorganization concept, they will do it with overall increases in rates to the suburbs.
#3 Apr 3, 2014
Duggan will be in good shape with all these settlements and labor reductions.
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