So Howrylak says here and here let's have another public vote on a half mill?November 4, 2008 - A City Charter amendment Section 9.16.5 that limited the City Council’s “ability to increase the millage rate unless first approved by a majority of the City Electors.” passed by voters. Any millage must now be approved by voters.
Words escape me...
Well, not really.
As we know, the library will have to start the process of shutting down in January, because it takes a long time to dismantle and mothball a world-class library.
So it would take months to put up a new vote and cost more tens of thousands of dollars. And maybe that will lose too, since Howrylak has done such a fine job of convincing the people of Troy to embrace their greedy, anti-community spirit! They have been lead to believe that Troy has the highest tax rates in Oakland County, when actually we have the lowest--our taxes are higher because our property values are higher (for now).
So why do we have this problem? If Crown Prince Marty wants his 0.50 mills, how come he can't simply make it so with a wave of his scepter?
Well, that's because the root of all of our problems in Troy finances is an amendment to the Troy City Charter made in 2008 that took away the city council's ability to temporarily raise taxes in a crisis, such as the one we are facing now.
Other cities have the flexibility to adjust spending and up millages in the short term. But not Troy. Ever since 2008, just before the recession hit, our city council has had their hands tied behind their backs.
All they have been able to do each year is to watch the city income go down (as our taxes have gone down) and cut, cut, cut. And in the next four years it will continue to shrink and they will continue to cut, cut, cut.
Now that may seem like a good thing to some of you, but I moved here not long ago for all of the city amenities that are being axed because of this change.
And who was the architect of the change? Why Mr. Howrylak, of course. And in this article even he admits that they can't save the library now--they have to have another election.
When will the madness end?
When will the adults take over?