Monday, April 25, 2011

GOTCHA!

Troy's millage rate is 9.280.
Madison Height's milage rate is 18.00

Residents in Troy get police and fire service plus all the other city amenities.
Residents in Madison Heights get police and fire service plus all the other city amenities.

So in simple terms, residents in Madison Heights pay TWICE AS MUCH per every $1000 of taxable home value as we do for essentially the same services.

Yet, inexplicably, Councilman Wade Fleming thinks that because Troy is so efficiently run with a volunteer fire department, we shouldn't be compared to cities who pay for that service out of their revenues. CLEARLY we'd have a larger burden if we had to pay for a fire department like Madison Heights does, and well, gosh...we need to know that.

Let me explain this again: residents in Madison Heights pay TWICE AS MUCH as we do for the very same services. Troy is utterly efficient and successful with HALF AS MUCH, and Councilman Fleming is trying to portray that as a bad thing...as an unfair comparison.

John Szerlag, our much-maligned City Manager, very patiently explained the folly of Mr. Fleming's failed "GOTCHA!" moment. Paraphrasing his words, he basically explained that we really can only look at what we pay for what we receive.

Again, residents in Madison Heights pay TWICE AS MUCH as we do for the very same services.

How in the world is that not a fair comparison??

1 comment:

  1. putting it another way, our taxes would still be the same because of the cap regardless of how the fire dept is organized.If our budget had been forced to include the extra 14 mil or so for paid firefighters, that 14 mil. would come out of other line items

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