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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Debunking stupid TCU complaints

This week has been rife with ignorant statements by several TCU members and supporters. I'll try to debunk as many as I can.

Ignorant Statement #1: "Is Ms. Kerwan (sic) kidding when she said that the average Troy tax is $998.00? If so, I'm getting ripped off big time."

Dear Homeowner: Are you really that uninformed? Your tax bill is made up of several line items. Only ONE line item is paid to the city to provide you with all of the services you've come to expect. The remainder of the tax bill is paid out to the school district, the county, the garbage pick-up, and more.

In reality, Mrs. Kerwin is actually incorrect, though. The average Troy city tax is only approx. $928 toward operating expenses. Simple math: average TAXABLE home value is hovering around $100, mill rate is 9.280...there's your $928 per average household that is supposed to cover your police and fire protection, your streets and drains, your services and amenities.

So Mrs. Kerwin is not kidding...and the average household burden to the city is LOWER than she proclaimed.

Be that as it may...that you don't even understand your total tax bill is appalling. Get educated, and maybe you'll understand why it is that with falling property values and decreasing revenues the city is UNSUSTAINABLE.

Ignorant Statement #2, as piggy back to #1: "See thats (sic) the kind of stuff I despise about our council (mayor included), it's o.k. for them to call TCU liars and cheats because they use that portion of the tax bill (the portion paid to the city for your services -- the $928) to prove the 29% increase... but not one of the leftys (sic) at trust (sic) or otherwise even raises an eyebrow when she pulls the same magic out of her hat."

What this silly man is trying to say is that when Mrs. Kerwin referred to the average amount a Troy citizen pays TO THE CITY DIRECTLY for services, she was obviously being misleading by not stating what the TOTAL average tax bill is -- you know, not including all that money we pay to everyone else. How dare anyone point a finger at TCU for saying you were going to pay 29% more taxes last February if Mrs. Kerwin doesn't pretend that all your tax money goes directly into her pocket!

Remember, TCU claimed that the Feb. 2010 millage proposal for a 1.9 millage increase was a "29% tax increase." They never explained that it was a 29% millage increase on ONLY A PORTION of the city operating millage. It was only a 29% increase on only 6.5 of your city mills, NOT the total city millage rate, and certainly NOT YOUR TOTAL TAX BILL.

They just let everyone believe it was 29% of your total tax bill because they're good like that.

Let me provide it for you in simpler terms: imagine a Happy Meal from McDonald's. Say it costs $2.99 for that soda, burger and fries. Now imagine that McDonald's decided to raise the base price of JUST THE SODA by 29% -- from $1.00 to $1.29. Your happy meal will now cost you $3. 28.

TCU would have had you believe that the 29% increase would make your meal nearly $4.00.
In reality, it was only $.29 cents more.

Dear Silly Man: It's interesting how quick you all are to point fingers at so-called wrong-doing -- except when it would mean pointing back at yourselves. To even make the argument that the two issues are related in kind is just proof again that TCU and its supporters will say anything to deflect blame for misleading the citizens.

Ignorant Statement #3: "Not to bash to TPD, but much of the reason behind Troy's "safest city" status is its citizens: They tend not to commit crimes and they are intolerant of them."

Dear Resident: You're a fool. Much of the reason behind Troy's "safest city" status is because the CRIMINALS know that we have a stellar police force dedicated to protecting us. They are in partnership with several other municipalities and organizations that allow them to optimize resources for our protection. It has little to do with the average Joe Citizen being intolerant to crime and everything to do with the fact that criminals know they will be caught and dealt with handily by the Troy Police Department.

Moreover, if Troy were to sublet our police coverage to the Oakland County Sheriff, we couldn't come CLOSE to providing the same kind of coverage for the kind of money Rochester pays as TCU apparently proclaimed. They would have us believe that since Rochester only pays the Oakland County Sheriff's office $9 million for services vs. Troy's $27 million police force, we should cost cut and contract out our services, too.

But comparing Troy to Rochester is both foolish and ignorant -- the two cities are vastly different. Not only is our population greater, we bring in 100,000+ individuals on a DAILY BASIS to work and shop.

Even more alarming is that if there were some sort of large emergency in another city utilizing the sheriff's office for coverage, any Oakland County Sheriff's personnel assigned to Troy WOULD LEAVE THE CITY to go cover it. We would NOT have dedicated police protection here for our sole use.

Are you REALLY willing to bargain basement price your safety out to the Oakland Sheriff? Do you REALLY think less spending in that area will keep us as safe as we are now?

If so, please feel free to post your address.

Ignorant Statement #4:
"libraries are secert (sic) democrat fund raiseing (sic) Tools(sic)..when a democrat (sic) writes a book, most libraries BUY that book,, (sic) not so for conservative books."

Dear Sir:

(I'm sorry. I'm speechless. I got nothing.)


  1. SOME people need to go to the library and discover that letters have to go in a certain order to form the words.

    I don't think they've been made aware.....

  2. Aside from the obvious on your positoin (sic), you seem to have a passion for making sure you point out something ridiculoos (sic) like someone's spelling mistakes. Come on, one person's comments you referenced were Marv's. He is a poster child, for what I don’t know. I wouldn't hang my hat on being able to point out his mistakes.

  3. He is a poster child for parroting any stupid thing he hears. Someone please show him how to use spell check!

  4. It wasn't the spelling that was ridiculoos. Even with perfect grammar that comment was absurd.

  5. It should not come as a surprise that those who oppose keeping the library open, and paying for it, should have trouble with spelling and get their facts wrong. I am sure that if they actually used the library, they would be better informed.

  6. Seeing the printed comments of its supporters or the official mailings of the TCU, doesn't make me feel superior because I'm able to talk and write coherently (even without using spell-check) as well as read many sources for my information instead of parroting someone else's thoughts. Rather, I am saddened by the lack of those skills and abilities of so many of my fellow citizens!

  7. You might want to read this:"When someone makes a mistake – whether it's a spelling error or a spelling flame, a stupid question or an unnecessarily long answer – be kind about it. If it's a minor error, you may not need to say anything. Even if you feel strongly about it, think twice before reacting. Having good manners yourself doesn't give you license to correct everyone else. If you do decide to inform someone of a mistake, point it out politely, and preferably by private email rather than in public. Give people the benefit of the doubt; assume they just don't know any better. And never be arrogant or self-righteous about it. Just as it's a law of nature that spelling flames always contain spelling errors, notes pointing out Netiquette violations are often examples of poor Netiquette."

  8. Ignorant statement #1: Perhaps the difficulty is with the term "average" this implies that some people will pay more and some will pay less, depending on the value of your home.

    Ignorant Statement #4: If you actually entered the library and perused (oops word to big, sorry) looked at the books on the shelves (rather than blindly believing what TCU leaders tell you is fact), you'd no doubt see books written by people of every walk of life.

  9. Representing a citation accurately and with the "sic" is simply an editing standard. When one takes offense to it, it often says more about the individual than the one presenting the citation properly.