The absolute need by anti-government Libertarians Martin Howrylak, his daddy Frank Howrylak (leader of TCU) and the rest of the TCU bunch to keep our tax millage rate obscenely low has destabilized our city.
Our taxes our so low we can't pay for the city services we want (library) and need (police, DPW).
And what will happen in the future when our tax millage stays locked at a low rate, our property taxes continue their free-fall and our city can't balance the budget?
Well, Governor Rick Snyder is taking care of that.
WAKE UP, TROY!!!!!
Republican Michigan governor Rick Snyder, along with the state's Republican house and senate, have passed a controversial bill that allows the governor to dissolve the elected governments of Michigan's towns and cities, replacing them with unaccountable "emergency financial managers" who can eliminate services, merge or eliminate school boards, and lay off or renegotiate unionized public employees without recourse. Republican senator Jack Brandenburg -- who supported the measure -- calls it "financial martial law."
While local governments are subject to electoral recall by residents, the "managers" the governor appoints will answer only to the state legislature. There are no limits to the salary "managers" may draw (an amendment that would have limited their compensation to $159,000, which is the governor's own salary, was defeated).
"Managers" will be able to govern as they see fit. Practically speaking, this opens the door to the kind of "governance" we've seen in occupied Iraq, where high-paid appointees who don't answer to the governed get to award no-bid contracts to their pals, with little or no oversight or control.