Category: News Briefs Written by thehuffingtonpost
The Motor City could be getting some star treatment at the 2013 Academy Awards, thanks to two Detroit-centered films that are now being considered as candidates for the "Best Documentary" citation.
The movies "Detropia" and "Searching for Sugar Man" have both made it onto a shortlist of 15 nonfiction films that could be nominated for an Oscar in that category. The final five nominees for Best Documentary will be announced on Jan. 10.
"Detropia" is an artistic look at Detroiters trying to make sense of their city's economic plight while dealing with a variety of associated struggles. The film's producers, Metro Detroit native Heidi Ewing and partner Rachel Grady, also directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Jesus Camp."
In "Searching for Sugar Man," Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul examines the epic search two South African begin to track down Sixto Rodriguez, an elusive musician who has become a legendary figure in their country while living a life of humble obscurity in Detroit. Ironically, the film has helped the singer gain increased exposure and artistic recognition in the United States.
In Detroit, of course, we can say we knew him when.
The 85th annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, Feb. 24 in Los Angeles.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 09:40
Category: Breaking News Written by thehuffingtonpost
UPDATE: 4:20pm -- WXYZ reports that Andy Dillon, head of the State Treasurer's Office, will begin a review of the city's financial book beginning next week. That review is expected to take at least a month to complete.
Yesterday, HuffPost Detroit reported that Detroit City Council scheduled a vote on a budget amendment needed to repay almost $30 million to the city's pension plan -- money that had never been paid last year, due to an apparent accounting error. According to Dillon, "that mistake is one thing that changed the financial position of the city, and led to the state review," reported WXYZ.
Mayor Dave Bing released a statement regarding the possibility of an emergency financial manager appointment this month.
"My Administration has had discussions with the State regarding an Emergency Financial Manager previously. Until the State makes a final determination, I will continue to implement my Restructuring Plan on behalf of the citizens of Detroit."
The state of Michigan's treasurer says that the appointment of an emergency financial manager to the city of Detroit is inevitable, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press.
Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon, who chairs the state-appointed financial review team that declared Detroit in a state of financial emergency last March, reportedly met with several elected officials in Detroit on Wednesday. Several sources told the Free Press that the treasurer is considering who to name to the position of emergency financial manager (EFM) and how the political powers of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and City Council will be affected.
The city is projected to face a budget shortfall of nearly $47 million in obligations to creditors and employees by June 30. The Free Press said the state of Michigan would cooperate by helping the city pay its debts and make payday while an EFM made significant financial decisions.
In November, Michigan voters struck down PA 4, which allowed Gov. Rick Snyder to appoint emergency managers with broad powers over city governance, including the ability to fire elected officials and dissolve union contracts. But the governor can still appoint an emergency financial manager to assume control over Detroit's budget under an earlier law, Public Act 72.
According to the newspaper's sources, there's only one option for city leaders before an EFM assumes control: approving a list of reforms that Mayor Bing's administration will apparently negotiate with Detroit City Council before its next scheduled meeting on Dec. 11.
But City Council and Mayor Bing have butted heads numerous times in recent months, with the 12-member elected body rejecting the state's offer to lease and manage the city's Belle Isle island park. And the council rejected a $300,000 contract with law firm Miller Canfield, which was a required proponent of the city's milestone agreement with the state of Michigan.
Detroit has, until this point, avoided the appointment of an emergency financial manager by entering into a consent agreement with the state of Michigan. Detroit's corporation counsel, Krystal Crittendon, filed a lawsuit in June in which she argued that the consent agreement was invalid, causing Bing to attempt to remove her from her position.
"The officials said Dillon told them he believed Detroit was out of time and that inaction and disputes between Bing and the council left him no choice but to prepare for even deeper state intervention," the Free Press report added.
Snyder and state legislators are discussing several different versions of a new emergency manager law that he says would be less intrusive than the proposal voted down by Michigan residents, according to Michigan Radio. The new legislation could be introduced in the next week.
Treasurer Andy Dillon and Gov. Rick Snyder did not immediately respond to The Huffington Post's request for comment.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 09:13
Category: Breaking News Written by The Huffington Post
Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson announced that President Obama should toss something Detroit's way -- "bacon," to quote this local leader, during a recent council meeting.
Watson interjected her belief that President Obama should repay Detroit's citizens for overwhelmingly voting for his reelection by sending federal relief funds to help balance the struggling city's budget crisis.
"Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that," said Watson. "Of course, not just that, but why not?"
"After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. He came home with some bacon," said Watson. "That's what you do."
The post quickly received top billing among right-wing websites across the nation. Commented Deadline Detroit, "Watson's comments play into the idea that is popular on the right, and with failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, that Democrats want handouts from big government."
But while Watson says she thinks that Detroit residents should be repaid for their votes, she then voted against an amendment to repay Detroiters who are vested in the city's general pension fund.
On Wednesday, just one day after declaring that President Obama should direct financial aid to voters who helped keep him in office, Detroit City Council voted on a budget amendment that would send almost $30 million in payments toward unfunded debts in the city's General Pension System. "For whatever reason," city officials claimed, Detroit had not sent any UAAL payments it owed to the pension fund during the last fiscal year. Detroit City Council voted 8-1 to approve the amendment to refund the pension. JoAnn Watson was the only councilmember to vote against the proposal.
On Twitter, reactions were divided regarding Watson's quotes about President Obama's responsibility to Detroit ... and bacon, of course, got plenty of mentions. And if the President really is going to send some pork to the Motor City, he'd better do it fast -- bacon prices are expected to rise as much as 20% over the next year.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 09:10
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) - Just a day after being introduced, a proposal presented by the Ilitch organization for a new downtown entertainment complex, including an arena for the Red Wings, has gained Michigan Senate approval.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick said there was some objection on the blue side of the aisle, including from State Democratic leaderGretchen Whitmer.
“… The Democratic leader said, ‘Hey what we’re doing in the project — we’re taking money away from the school kids and giving it to a millionaire,’” Skubick said.
The legislation now goes to the Michigan House where it is expected to be approved.
While the exact location of the proposed district has not been determined, the Ilitch team says it will be “strategically located to serve some of the most underutilized areas in Detroit’s downtown core, strengthening the link between Detroit’s existing assets through a continuous, walkable environment connecting one district to the next and serving to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.”
This would be another substantial investment by Ilitch, adding to the more than $1.9 billion the Ilitch companies have already invested.
In a release out Tuesday, the Ilitch organization said the project is anticipated to create thousands of jobs.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 09:00
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit-area businessman who came to be known as the Godfather of Eastern Market has died. Samuel “Sal” Ciaramitaro operated Ciaramitaro Brothers Produce with his family for about 70 years.
He died December 3 following a lengthy illness. He was 90 years old.
Ciaramitaro began working in his family’s produce operation when he was 8 years old, assisting with sorting boxes and arranging produce. He literally grew up literally in Eastern Market, and, as an adult, did a lot to keep the area growing and thriving.
Longtime friend Ed Deeb, Chairman and Founder of the Michigan Food and Beverage Association, remembers Sal Ciaramitaro as someone others would look to when they needed help.
“Anytime anybody had a problem there at the market, they’d call Sal,” said Deeb. ”In addition to that, they also knew he and his wife Anna as, uh, the fact [were] the personalities of the market. And, anytime their vendors and customers walked in early in the morning they would be greeted … with a big smile and a cup of coffee.”
Deeb said Ciaramitaro regularly worked on a Christmas food give-a-way for area residents in need.
“We started that about 17 years ago, and we loved helping people in the Eastern Market area who needed our help; who were hungry or homeless,” said Deeb. “And we worked very closely then with father Norman Thomas of Sacred Heart church … Sal was just one of those guys who was just well-liked and well-received.”
Ciaramitaro was a board member of the Michigan Food and Beverage Association. He also was an active member of American Legion, Post 570, and the Metro Detroit Produce Vendors. In 2008, MFBA presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is survived by his wife Anna, two sons and daughter, along with several grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park with viewing on Thursday Dec. 5. The funeral mass will be held Friday, 10:30 a.m., Dec.6 at St. Lucy Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:23
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) – In an unusual move, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is suing the state and the Highland Park School District for allegedly “failing to take effectivesteps to ensure that students are reading at grade level as set forth by state law and Constitution.” A Wayne County Circuit Court judge is hearing arguments Wednesday.
The suit is based on the fact less than 10 percent of Highland Park’s students in grades third through eighth are proficient in reading and math, based on Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) scores. By 11th grade, less than 10 percent of students score proficient in reading or math on the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). An independent evaluation to assess the reading proficiency of the plaintiffs found that students were reading between four and eight grades below their current grade level.
According to the lawsuit, inadequate mastery of basic reading skills in Michigan school districts is a violation of state law, which requires districts to provide additional remedial assistance to students who are not performing at grade level. In addition, the state Constitution requires that “the legislature shall maintain and support a system of free public elementary and secondary schools as defined by law” and singles out education as a uniquely important state function.
The ACLU of Michigan is asking for immediate remedy by the state, including research-based methods of instruction, highly trained educators and administrators, a process for monitoring progress, new educational materials and textbooks, and a clean and safe learning environment. The organization also cited serious academic deficiencies caused by a documented lack of books, outdated materials, filthy classrooms and bathrooms.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:19
Category: Breaking News Written by Detroit News/Chuck Bennett
The Detroit News Reports on the Michigan Chronicle's 2012 Legacy In Motion:
Michigan Chronicle honors businesses, key newsmakers
The Roostertail switched on more than 50,000 soft white LED lights Saturday night to festively usher in the holiday season, while welcoming some 400 guests to the Michigan Chronicle's annual Legacy in Motion gala. The event honors individuals and organizations that have made important contributions to the community's economic growth and social well-being.
The party kicked off with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before the black-tie crowd was led to their assigned dinner seats for the first half of the awards presentation. WDIV-TV news reporter Paula Tutman was mistress of ceremonies, introducing Hiram Jackson, interim Chronicle publisher, who welcomed the guests and spoke of the evening's purpose.
Mayor Dave Bing, who was honored as a 2012 Newsmaker of the Year, was a no-show but sent a videotaped acceptance speech. Gov. Rick Snyder, also an honoree, got a standing ovation as he stepped to the podium.
A holiday-inspired meal — a cranberry/walnut/cornbread stuffed capon — was served before the second half of the program. Recently retired WXYZ-TV news anchor Diana Lewis and Fox 2 reporter Al Allen, who is retiring this week, were saluted with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Other honorees included Detroit businessman Jim Jenkins, Chris Jackson, Michael Finney, Faye Nelson, and the Rev. Jim Holley.
Nancy Schlichting and Bob Riney accepted the Company of the Year award for Henry Ford Health System, and Dr. Reginald Eadie, president of DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, was named Rising Star of the Year.
The festivities ended with dancing and an assortment of sweets served from a 50-foot-long dessert table.\
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121204/OPINION03/212040302#ixzz2ECGzIZxX
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:42
Category: Breaking News Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor,Dr. Barika Butler-Quarles
JOVAN BELCHER, who grew up on Long Island before becoming the linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, died Dec. 1 in a murder-suicide. The police have not yet established a motive for the shooting or determined if his mental condition was a factor. Belcher, 25, who joined the NFL in 2009 as a free agent with the Chiefs, reportedly shot his girlfriend in her home in front of her mother, then traveled to his training facility. Belcher reportedly met with Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel in the parking lot. He thanked them for giving him the opportunity to play before shooting himself. A three-month-old child is left behind.
Time to break the mental health taboo
By Bankole Thompson
CHRONICLE SENIOR EDITOR
Depression is a major social issue that cuts across boundaries and knows no title or economic status. Yet it doesn’t get the atttention and focus it deserves to save its victims, those who are struggling to free themselves from the shackles of anxiety and undue pressures. Depression has been stigmatized rather than recognized for the condition it is.
Whether those facing depression as a result of varying challenges have their lives tucked away in a book, on a computer or simply in letters or suicide notes they wrote to their friends or parents, depression hits even harder during the holiday season.
While I’m not a psychologist or someone trained in the business of dissecting the human mind, this issue affects all of us and cannot be ignored when we are losing so many people to the ravages of depression and in some cases it has resulted in suicide, and the numbers are growing.
Especially in the African American community, mental illness has taken a back seat at all of our town hall meetings where the emphasis is on defending civil and human rights, seeking economic justice and chasing upper class dreams, but totally ignoring the complexities and solutions to mental health problems facing our community.
While fighting for these democratic values ensure that the principles of the Bill of Rights born out of the Magna Carta are not ignored by those in political leadership, mental health should be a front burner issue for any community that wants to extricate itself from the bondage of long-suffering and a hopeless future for some.
A community that has endured some of the most difficult experiences in history should understand not only the strains and stresses on the human soul, but the individual’s psychological crucibles that come under the demands of mundane existence. Plain and simple, a healthy body operates under the direction of a sound mind.
The next invitation to a town hall or symposium that comes across my desk should speak to mental health challenges. We can’t ignore this critical problem and we can’t keep dismissing those who are deeply struggling with mental issues as basically failures or individuals who have no recourse in life.
We should not assume that those who are facing these difficulties have not prayed enough. We should recognize the intervention of God in mental health situations, but on a human level we need to convene and see what kinds of assistance we can give to address the problem.
This is why to those who have been abandoned and left alone, the Affordable Health care Law is both gratifying and beneficial because community clinics will have the financial and human resources to tackle some of these issues.
I’d like to see focus groups, organizations and institutions that pride themselves on leading the charge for Black empowerment craft a serious mental health agenda in Detroit, especially during the Obama era. Let us utilize the same zest, dynamism, creativity and force that’s applied to the other dimensions of the Black struggle to the fight for mental health in our community.
In 2013, we need to set a new agenda and mental health should be near the top of the list. It can no longer take a back seat and we cannot continue to exhibit naked apathy that now begins to border on quiet antipathy.
Because after a while this apathy starts to become an aggressive attitude toward those who need help in our community and that’s when we hear statements like, “You are on your own,” “You’ve not prayed enough,” “Go back to school,” “Get your life together,” “Have you been using drugs?” and even “You are crazy.”
No, the issue is that those who have been charged to be a lantern in our community have not shined enough light on this issue, demanding corrective measures that will safeguard the future of our communities. Perhaps if we had 50 rallies on mental health we could save more lives and prevent others from jumping off the mental cliff.
We can’t continue to descend into stereotypes that mental health is only a poverty issue even though it disproportionately affects the poor. The situation with Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. defies that long-held notion. Mental health knows no status.
Let’s step up and save lives, and help heal those who are suffering from mental problems in our community. They are deserving of every support because they belong in this community and we cannot fold our hands and look the other way.
A community that seeks to progress should not engage in selective self-determination struggles or pick and choose what issues it wants to highlight while ignoring an issue like mental health that sits at the center of our collective well-being.
Next year, let us commit to breaking the mental health taboo and helping those who are suffering in silence. Let’s stop pretending and take the blinders off.
Are they a threat to themselves or others?
By Dr. Barika Butler-Quarles
That is the question that mental health and medical professionals tackle when deciding how to treat a patient struggling with medical disorders affecting their mental health and well-being. Medical disorders? Yes. Diagnoses like depression, bipolar disorder (manic-depressive), anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder are medical illnesses, not unlike diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer.
Although it remains a work in progress in the African-American community, promoting awareness and ensuring that people are seeking treatment for the above mentioned common medical conditions, we have made progress.
We know that we must exercise, monitor our cholesterol and fat intake, stop smoking and perform self-breast exams. Your sister may ask you when you had your last mammogram and your brother when you last checked your blood sugar. But when was the last time anyone asked you how you were feeling with your moods and how you were handling your stress? Who do you think took the time to ask young Black men like the Kansas City Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher how he was coping with life?
Murder-suicides happen. Within the Black community, there is a sense that “things like that” happen elsewhere, that those are “them, not us” issues.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, depression affects at least 1 in 10 adults, and is highest in young adults 25 to 44 years of age. The next time you are at a major sporting event or a nightclub, count off 1 of every 10 people that you see and you will be faced with how staggering depression and mental illness are. This is not 1 in 10 White Americans, not 1 in 10 women, this is 1 in 10 of all people. And the numbers are likely higher given that so many never recognize or seek treatment for mental illness.
In my practice, I am always pleasantly surprised to see a minority patient walk through the door seeking help for their emotional struggles. As I ask them about their family history, I receive answers like, “My grandmother was crazy” or “I had an uncle who drank himself to death.”
And of course, the phantom family members in our community who just disappear, such as the woman who is known as “the aunt with the issues.”
So many of these cases were likely undiagnosed mental illness. Mental illness knows no color, no cultural bounds, no age, no financial status. Whether an NFL starting linebacker or a DPS high school senior, mental illness is real and it is in the Black community. The stigma associated with “being crazy” and not seeing help is killing us.
We are losing our mothers, brothers and children to these overlooked, under-diagnosed and misunderstood diseases of the mind. The next time you see a sister or brother struggling, encourage them to seek help. Talk with someone about the loneliness, despair, hopelessness and sadness that may be plaguing their life. Sure, you can’t draw blood and measure your “depression” level, but trained mental health professionals and doctors can diagnose and treat, with therapy or medications, and change someone’s life for the better.
It is time that we recognize that our community is not immune to diseases of the mind and that these are not just feelings that will go away. Like any major illness, you must recognize the signs and seek help quickly. We cannot afford to have any more of our own die needlessly. What happened in Kansas City is a tragedy, and not a isolated one. It is time for us to stop shaking our heads and thinking that it can never happen to us. It just did.
Signs of Depression:
1. Depressed, sad, or irritable mood
2. Loss of interest in things that would generally bring joy
3. Decrease or increase in sleep, trouble falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night
4. Change in appetite
6. Lack of energy
7. Difficulty concentrating
8. Feeling physically slowed down
9. Feeling helpless, hopeless
10. Thoughts or attempts at harming yourself or others
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Barika M. Butler-Quarles is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Literature, Science and Arts with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology and the Cognitive Sciences. She earned her medical degree at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Following graduation, she completed her residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor. She extended her specialty training and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center. She provides medical and psychiatric care for children, adolescents and adults, and is a practicing physician at Behavioral Medical Center in Troy as well as at New Passages Community Mental Health organization in Macomb County, Easter Seals and Vista Maria.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:31
Category: Top News Written by Minehaha Forman
DETROIT— At a special city council meeting to discuss finances Tuesday, city officials said Detroit workers could see unpaid furloughs even if council members approve all contacts involved in a milestone agreement between the City and the State.
The Michigan Department of Treasury is holding $30 million in escrow until the city approves key contacts with restructuring and law firms.
The city’s financial forecast projects a $46 million budget shortfall by June unless pay cuts are implemented according to Program Management Director Kriss Andrews.
“Even were we to meet those milestones, even on the prior forecast … we would have had a [cash flow] deficiency June 30th,” Andrews told council members at Tuesday’s meeting. “We need to take some action beyond that $30 million. You can’t bridge a $46-47 million cash deficiency with $30 million. It doesn’t work.”
Councilman Ken Cockrel, Jr. said a recent memo from the mayor’s office stated otherwise.
“The obvious concern there is that that would seem to contradict even the mayor’s own memo Nov. 30th were he says, ‘however, I believe that we can avoid layoffs and unpaid furloughs if we act now to comply with the terms of the milestones agreement with the state.’ That’s right there. This is his memo,” Cockrel said.
Andrews also told council members to expect more milestone agreements in the months ahead as the State prepares to release future bond sale installments only under certain conditions. He said the announcement of further milestone agreements ahead of time was to prepare the council and avoid turbulence on crucial deadlines.
“Since I believe and most of us believe we’ll need more milestones agreements to get most of the proceeds from the bonds we felt that it was appropriate to be more inclusive of the city council in the process so it didn’t come as a surprise,” Andrews said. “The milestone agreement created more noise then we would have preferred. It would have been better had we included the city council sooner.”
City Council President Charles Pugh said he was not sure if he supported unpaid furloughs.
“We have to figure out how to manage our way through this. If there is no data to support furloughs then we should not do it,” He said, suggesting that higher salaried employees should take a hit before lower wageworkers. “People who make above a certain amount should take a certain cut.”
Council members JoAnn Watson and Cockrel agreed with Pugh.
Council members said that as money talks continue, they wanted to see better communication with the mayor.
“I saw the mayor at world AIDS day on Friday and said Mr. Mayor, you need to making your rounds. We’re here,” Pugh said. “We’re just a cell phone call away.”
“I think this body has shown the willingness to work and to compromise but it must be a dual compromise,” Councilman Andrew Spivey said.
“As the president has indicated: we’re here,” City council President Pro Tem Gary Brown said. “If you’re bringing restructuring team contracts on [Dec.] 11th I’d like to know that now or by the latest tomorrow. If we get it on the tenth like we got the [budget] amendment today, it’s a problem.”
Pugh criticized the Bing Administration for treating the city council as a business “rubber stamp” board.
“Your management team, including the mayor, is all business folk,” Pugh said. “If we were some rubber stamp board of directors showing it to us a day before is fine but this is government. This is different. We have due diligence, we can’t just rubber stamp.”
After Wednesday’s meeting to vote on the $29 million pension fund amendment, council members will meet on Dec. 11th to vote on key issues including restructuring contracts tied to the milestone agreement and a major land sale.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 10:59
Category: Breaking News Written by Minehaha Forman
(Downtown Detroit (Getty Images)
A Michigan bill that would allow the transfer municipal lighting departments to a public authority cleared the Senate Tuesday afternoon.
The legislation paves the way for the anticipated Detroit Lighting Authority, which would have bonding capacity to raise funds to replace broken streetlights, something that the cash-strapped city could not afford.
“I am extremely pleased that we are one step closer to implementing my Administration’s comprehensive public lighting strategy for the City of Detroit,” Mayor Dave Bing said in a statement Tuesday. “Today’s State Senate passage of a revised lighting bill package is a vote of approval for the creation of a Detroit Public Lighting Authority.”
For years large swaths of the city have remained in the dark as a result of financial shortfalls in the City of Detroit. Residents have grown familiar with poor lighting service over the years with more than 80,000 defunct streetlights throughout the city.
The repairs will happen as part of a long-term plan to update lighting services in the city. Officials familiar with the legislation have told residents not to expect a quick fix overnight.
“I don’t want to make our residents think that this legislation is going to get the light in right away,” Mayor Dave Bing told Council members at a meeting in October. “Even if an authority is passed through legislature the lights are not going to come on every day.” This legislation gives us the opportunity to make an investment to fix problems over a 2-5 year span.”
The state senate passed the bill with bipartisan support by a 25-13 vote Wednesday afternoon.
Introduced by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D-Detroit) House Bill 5688 would allow Michigan cities that own their own utility company to form a public authority capable of selling bonds.
If Detroit forms a lighting authority as planned, Detroit would have to repay those bonds using revenue from the utility users tax.
The authority would oversee a plan to downsize the streetlight system in Detroit to focus on areas with higher population density or need for safety including, schools and child care centers.
At a special city council meeting on Wednesday, City Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown said the creation of a lighting authority with bonding capacity could save the city up to $8 million annually.
The bill now goes back to the house for final approval and then to Governor Rick Snyder for signature.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 10:57
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