Let's take a look at pure facts regarding residential increases in the new budget cycle.
The information below is presented from the city...verbatim...from an e-mail I received from Tom Darling. I've added no information to it, no spin, no double-speak:
The increase per resident based on the 2012 average taxable value of $96,775 is as follows:
Refuse @ 0.09 mils - $8.71 per year
Debt @ 0.2 mils - $19.36 per year
In addition, the 2013 average residential taxable value increased $967 from 2012 ($96,775) to 2013 ($97,742) generating approximately $10.00 per residential household.
Due to the factors above, the total average residential property tax requirement increased approximately $38 from $986 in the 2012 fiscal year to $1,024 in the 2013 fiscal year.
Water/Sewer increases based on an average residential household of 3.9 mcfs per quarter are as follows:
Water increase of $2.25 per mcf- $8.78 per quarter
Sewer increase of $1.90 per mcf - $7.41 per quarter
The average increase of 8% is directly related to increased costs charged to the City from Detroit Water Sewer Department, Southeast Oakland County Sewerage Authority and the Evergreen-Farmington Sewerage Authority.
So, adding this all up, an average resident will pay $44.26 a year more for refuse, water and sewer service plus debt service (a mandated fee increase per residential vote years ago).
That's $3.69 a month. The average cost of a latte from Starbucks is over $4 each. How many of those do you drink a month?
Or $0.85 cents a week. A large diet Coke from McDonalds is $1.06. Do you ever think twice about spending a dollar on a pop?
I think I can handle this increase for the sumptuous luxury of flushing my toilet and having someone else take my garbage to the landfill.