Sue's post is now an OpEd in The Oakland Press. Go read and add your thoughts to the comments. Here's a sample:
Troy anti-tax group wants bargain basement city
By Susan Simonte Martin
There was a recent documentary about Wal-Mart entitled “The High Cost of Low Price” in which the true impact of bargain stores was explored.
It profiles the struggles of American commerce and manufacturing, of small towns and average Americans who have been adversely affected by those in pursuit of the lowest price — at any cost.
When you stop to think about it, Troy is becoming a Wal-Mart city. Granted, many of us are struggling to pay our bills and need a bargain where we can find it. But do we want our city run this way? With drastically decreased funding from lower property values, a loss of revenue from all the businesses that have left Troy and the crippling loss of state revenue sharing, our city leaders are struggling to spread our tax dollars far enough to cover even the most vital of services.
Unfortunately, with two recently defeated millage requests, voters seem to have told the city what we don’t want: A library, an adequately staffed police department, a public works department equipped for heavy snow, and more.
Further, with a charter amendment in 2008, voters told the city government that council members cannot — as in most other municipalities — levy minor operating millage increases without consent of the people. Sadly, the last two recent ballot measures asking for that consent were fraught with political interference from a radical, anti-tax group and one of our own city council members.