From Ellen … Reflecting on the ICMA report and Councilman Howrylak’s recent resolution to save the Library:
To put it bluntly, I was disappointed in what the report showed clearly and unequivocally. I wanted it to reveal some great area – or maybe multiple areas – where there is vast waste so we can redirect resources. Yes … I was sorta kinda maybe hopin’ – wishin’ upon a star! – that everything the TCU has claimed would be true. I was salivating at the prospect of opening a big ole can of “crow” and scarfing it down. Because God almighty, it would be awesome if they, Ed Kempen and Councilman Howrylak and his well-timed, political letter in November had been right.
They said there was a way to keep the library open with no new taxes and deep down I hoped it was so.
Instead … no matter how many times I read the ICMA report it confirms what common sense tells you. As the city with the 3rd lowest millage rate in Oakland County, our infrastructure is at huge risk due to the cuts the city has already implemented.
Then comes Councilman Howrylak’s resolution. I read it with an open mind. I’m sick at its inadequacy. It’s shortsightedness. It’s lack of leadership. I wish this was a viable plan, but I’m sick because it is not. Talking about undesignated dollars that are clearly designated, talking about retirement savings that are more than offset by even greater revenue shortfalls … talking about, what? It didn’t even make sense.
The thing is. I hate taxes. I don’t like paying them. But I knew when I moved in here what my taxes would go to and I signed up for it. Because I did my homework. While Janice Daniels and her kind keep talking about the Constitution and big government and civil liberties I’m thinking this: why in God’s name did you even move here in the first place?
I’m done trying to be all excited about these anti-tax folks keeping pennies in my piggy bank because while they’re busy doing that, they’re not keeping an eye on my overall investment portfolio that includes my home. I am. And I’m not happy with what is going to happen to it if this continues. And I realize to stay quiet -- to try to be oblivious and go about my business with my head down -- is to be complicit in the demise of this community.
I am heartened by the fact that there is a middle ground of people ready to do what they can to do triage and then repair the wounds that have been inflicted upon this community.
We’re a whole pile of ideologies coming together. Republicans, democrats, independents … Our common bond? Keeping the city from going off the cliff it’s quickly racing toward.
TRUST – Troy Residents Unified for a Strong Troy. Find us on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/TRUSTroy