You've heard of pay-for-play in the schools, right?
If you want your child on a sports team, a club or some other school-sponsored activity...you have to pay a user fee. This was instituted because the school budget can only cover so much. The 'extras' that make a school district great either have to go away or be supported by the 'users' (students) to keep them in the program. We could argue how this is really just a way to 'tax' the residents who have children in schools, but the fact remains that if we want our children to have a well-rounded education...we have to find a way to provide it.
Well, Councilman Doug Tietz wants you to "pay-for-play" for your garbage pick-up.
The City of Troy has always provided that service to the residents as part of our property tax payment. However, as costs increase to the city, the city passes on that increase to us. It's nominal; the proposed increase to have our garbage collected at our curb for the next budget cycle is $7/year.
That's right...$7/year...not even a dollar a month...to pick up your garbage.
Doug Tietz doesn't want to pass that cost on to you. He wants to see the city move over to a system like in Rochester Hills where residents contract their own refuse collection. I've heard of some families who pay upwards of $200/year.
In Troy? We're paying roughly $106 WITH the increase, as stated last night during the budget study session.
Doug Tietz wants to NOT vote in a $7 refuse millage increase so that you can possibly pay up to TWICE AS MUCH for your garbage collection.
Even more disturbing is that Mayor Daniels seems to agree with part of Tietz's argument: she's against raising the refuse millage on principal. You see, she CAMPAIGNED on being a tax fighter. She seems willing to vote down the entire city budget -- all 300+ pages of it that have been worked on for years and explained in lengthy sessions to her and all of council -- over a $7/year residential increase because she thinks she told everyone she would never raise your taxes.
She wants us to absorb the cost in the fund balance.
Did you read yesterday's blog post? Did you read this article on the Patch? Have you watched the budget study session?
Janice Daniels wants us to bankrupt ourselves even sooner over $7/year because she's anti-tax.
She's apparently also anti-common sense. She's acting -- AGAIN -- on her own personal ideology without looking at the big picture of what is best for Troy as a WHOLE.
Janice Daniels is dangerous to Troy.
Recall Janice Daniels.