From Ellen ...
And I just heard it again.
Another young couple crossing Troy off their list of prospective cities to consider as they anticipate their next home.
Yep … (deep sigh) … and ugh.
They live in Berkley and are considering where to live to raise their children. Some lucky school district will get their headcount to boost their revenue stream. But not the Troy School District.
Yes, they know Troy has a low millage rate. But they have done their homework and find it is apparently too low. They know it takes too long to plow neighborhood streets now.
And then there is the whole Library closing thing. Why would they move into a community where the residents won’t support their library?
They see Troy as too cheap now. They’re mystified by the extreme anti-tax zeal here and are relieved they discovered it before it was, well, too late.
Quick, honey! Cross Troy off the list.
Troy would have been their first choice a year or so ago. They knew Troy once had great services combined with a low millage rate, topped with an awesome school district. A clear and tremendous value. Now? Not so much.
The opportunity cost of voting no to $100 a year for Proposal 1 to keep the Library open? Well, it’s difficult to quantify. But you don’t need to be an economist -- or a real estate agent or a Certified Public Accountant -- to know this: it’s freaking huge.
Martin Howrylak and Wade Fleming and Troy Citizens United are protecting your pocketbooks, I ‘ll give you that. What about your overall investment portfolio? What about our city infrastructure? I don’t know about you, but I hold them accountable for the downward spiral sure to come unless residents rise up to offset their nonsense.
What services do you want and what are you willing to pay for? Let City Council know … Louise.Schilling@troymi.gov; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Mfhowryl@umich.edu; email@example.com
And/or attend one of these. Speak up fellow residents, or forever hold your peace. Because, quite frankly, if you don't get educated and get involved you don't have a right to say a darn word.
Public Engagement Sessions: to obtain feedback from the residents and community organizations about the acceptable level of City Services and the specific services citizens are willing to pay for, City Council is holding feedback sessions. The remaining dates are.
Thursday, March 17, 7 - 9 pm, Room 303
Tuesday, March 22, 9 -11 am, Room 305
Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Room 304
Thursday, March 24, 7 - 9 pm, Room 301
Wednesday, March 30, 2 - 4 pm, Room 302
Wednesday, March 30, 7 - 9 pm, Room 302
Thursday, March 31, 1 - 3 pm, Room 303
Thursday, March 31, 7 - 9 pm, Room 304
Office Hours: Councilman Dane Slater and Councilwoman Maureen McGinnis are holding Office Hours at the Troy Community Center in Room 404. The remaining scheduled hours are on Tuesdays, March 15, April 5, 19, and May 3, 17, 31 from 6:30-8:30 pm.