Years ago we almost got our part-time legislature back. We just missed the mark. We also thought that Term Limits would help alleviate some of our problems and it did. Now it is up to us to make another attempt. A Part-Time legislature just might help them come home to their constituents (they really only work part time anyway) and have to do work in the real world. Get a petition and
circulate it. We have a much better network now to promote and make contact.
Take the petitions to your work, church. clubs and family gatherings. If enough
people get involved we can make this an easy job. Do your share and make it harder for the lobbyists to be heard over their constituents. If you are unable to circulate petitions, (that means you can't sign your name and have no friends) then you can at least make a contribution for printing the petitions and fighting those special interests that will be trying to defeat the proposal. As a matter of fact, do both. Lets give this all we have got. http://parttimemi.com/
This is a documentary on immigration
that everyone should see.
November 20, 2013
to 9:00 PM
( 1/2 block east of Telegraph)
This is a documentary that you shouldn't miss. Immigration effects our economy our taxes, all of our lives. We agree that something needs to be done, but it has to be something well thought out and coordinated to make things better instead of destructive to our way of life. The showing is free and you can bring anyone with you.
Please note that it starts a half our earlier than our normal meeting and is a week earlier due to Thanksgiving.
How much more of this are the american people going to take. No one wants to believe that our president is trying to punish those who don't agree with him but the evidence is as clear as the nose on your face. He closed the open air World War II memorial that you just walk by to veterans and others. He closed the Lincoln Memorial that is outside and accessible to walking traffic. He closed the scenic roads that allow stops to view Mt. Rushmore which is not run by the government but a private company, He made people who own houses on government property leave their homes. People who operate businesses on government land were forced to close. In
a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they
celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal
before the weekend, the National Park Service informed charter boat captains in
Florida that the Florida Bay was "closed" due to the shutdown. Until
government funding is restored fishing is also prohibited at Biscayne National Park the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Keep in mind that the enforcement of these closures cost more than keeping them open.
The worse of all the nonsense is the lack of funding to return our dead warriors to our country and the failure to transport their family to receive them when they arrive. The benefits of the fallen soldiers' families have been held back as well. These funds have been passed in the house but Senator Reid has refused to bring it to a vote.
As much as liberals speak about bullying in our schools and workplace, our president is acting like a petulant child who is trying to bully and punish the whole country to get his way. The shutdown effect only 17% of our government and he has ordered that they should make it as painful as possible. Even if he denies that he gave the order, he could fix any of these situations with a stroke of a pen.
This week I opted out of a Smart Meter by calling DTE 's Customer Service (800) 477- 4747. I suggest you also opt out. While your at it tell your state and federal senators and representative that you don't want them either. I was moved to do this as a result all the bad things I was hearing about them. People have reported health problems of all kinds. In addition to that, the privacy issues were screaming in my head. I was watching a commercial on a security system where you could control your heat, lights, air conditioning and a camera in your home from your cell phone. Smart Meters have the same type of technology. Your energy company would be able to do the very same thing.
The recent NSA scandal only makes this more horrifying. Companies have been cooperating with the government to monitor phones, email, personal pages and anything else can get their hands on. The most recent findings are that the government was sharing information from and with the IRS.
This is a big issue. With the flick of a switch they can learn more about you and your habits than your family members.
For those of you who do not know what a smart meter is, please click on the links below.
But before you vote on August 6th you should also consider the Frequently
Q. How much will this millage cost the average Allen
A. As our Emergency Manager says: 74¢ a day. But
of it as “less than the cost of a cup of coffee
soft drink” is, ironically, exactly what financial
warn people against doing! This tax increase
cost the average homeowner $270 per year —
over the ten years it will last. Or to put it in the
familiar context, an additional $22.50 a month
mortgage escrow for the next decade. Assuming,
course, a house with an SEV of $40,000.
Q. Will this millage go exclusively to providing police and
A. That is a meaningless distinction. The city has only
checkbooks -- one for water and sewerage and
other for everything else. The basis of the claim is
since 6¾ mills will generate almost $5 million in
revenue while expenditures for public safety
than twice that amount, it can be said that
money raised is being spent there. That, of
frees up $5 million that went for police and
services last year to be spent on other things. It's
shell game that was played on voters years
they approved a state lottery on the promise
revenue generated would go to education.
what economists call a "fungible
Just as one glass of punch is like every
one dipped from the same punchbowl, one
is just like every other one taken from the same
fund. There is no way to ‘earmark’ it.
Q. Have residential property taxes really decreased 28%
last five years?
A. That's difficult to answer without knowing how the
were made. But what does it matter to
homeowners in any case? The important
is: Has your property tax bill decreased 28%
last five years?
Q. Are home values predicted to continue to decline?
A. Not unless recent trends suddenly reverse and values
down again. The Zillow real estate website
current Year-over-Year selling prices for
Allen Park at +12.4%. The Trulia website
Y-o-Y number at +17.7%
Q. If this millage passes, will no additional tax increase
be made? Also, if fiscal stability is restored,
this increase even be rolled back?
A. Both are speculations, not commitments. There is
in the proposal that even hints at either one.
Q. If this millage proposal fails, what changes in city
can residents expect as a result of the fallback
A. That's impossible to say. However, whether or not the
predictions are a 'scare tactic’ as some have said,
the warnings from public officials before the
proposed millage increase — that if it did not
the city's recreation center would close. The
failed. Stop by the rec center and interrupt all
activities there to ask if it’s closed.
Q. Isn't that because operation of the rec center was
over to a private company?
A. Indeed. And that certainly suggests what will actually
if this millage fails. At the top of the list of
ripe for turning over to a private provider is
this era of fireproof everything and smoke
in every building the function of the fire
has become primarily providing an
service. This doesn’t require a full-time
28 and such expensive equipment as, for
our 100-foot ladder truck. (In fact there is
one building in the entire city tall enough
this specialized vehicle could ever even
be needed -- which is probably why the only
the truck has ever seen is in parades.)
Q. What has been done to reduce the $3 million per year
providing health insurance for the city's 220
A. Nothing yet. However, beginning in the new fiscal
prescription co-pays will be increased to $10 for
drugs, $20 for preferred brand name drugs
for all others — from long-standing co-pays
$2 and $5 respectively. In addition both
and reired employees will begin paying 20%
premium for their health insurance plans (that,
will provide coverage that — like the copays
be closer to what most taxpayers have.)
Q. Have current employees been switched over from
Benefit" pensions to 401(k) type "Defined
A. No. And even though this — along with the goldplated
insurance plans — is what bankrupted
the Big Three, it isn't clear how or when the
even can be made. Although government
— city and county, along with teachers —
only workers who still have this open-ended
ever increasing life-spans have made the cost
funding it so enormous that the system cannot
to allow current employees to rto redirect
savings into their own 401(k) accounts.
contributions they make under the current
are essential to continue paying benefits to
Q. Hasn’t anything been cut from this year’s budget?
A. Yes. Pay for the mayor and council was cut by 50%
annualized savings of $24,000 and curbside
was transferred from DPS to trash contractor
Services for an additional $200,000 per year.
Q. Do appointed city employees really get 90 days of
A. Yes. Though that three months of sick time per year
changed to 12 days per year beginning with
Q. Has the pension "spiking" been stopped?
A. No. Though this is something else that is scheduled
eliminated next fiscal year. In the meantime,
at least three — and perhaps more — city
will be using the (borderline fraudulent)
of banking all of their vacation, comp time and
sick days to and converting them into cash to
their last year's salary. The 2.9 pension
is then applied to this artificially inflated
scale to calculate their retirement benefit — a
amount they will then draw for the rest of
Q. 2.9 multiplier? Isn't that higher than average?
A. Higher than average? It is the highest in the entire
It is double the typical 1.25 to 1.5 range.
it down to 2.25 is another change to begin
year. Strangely, this is still 50% higher than the
pension multiplier that is part of Governor
“Best Practices” program for local
Perhaps we can get our EM to confer
with the person who appointed her.
The Bottom Line
experience with an Emergency Manager makes you wonder why people were so
worried about giving an unelected official so much power. The Allen Park E.M.
has done almost nothing to address our structural deficit. No property sold. No
bonds renegotiated. No consolidation of services with other cities. No staff
reductions. Not one provision of one labor contract has been revised. The only
substantial steps she has taken is to borrow another $2 million, and
then put a proposal on the ballot to raise taxes by $5 million a year for the
They will only raise our taxes as a first resort!I
need both the funding and some
volunteer help to do the lit drop the week before the election.
help you can offer -- or point me to -- with either or both will be greatly
The WCTA was organized in March of 1982 because of a deep concern over rapidly escalating and unjust property tax assessments. We are a non-profit, non-partisan volunteer taxpayer organization dedicated to obtaining fiscal integrity and responsibility from all levels of government.
In July of 1982, we incorporated with the State of Michigan and proceeded to build our membership. We have resolved that our elected officials should be more accountable to their constituents for their actions.
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