Income tax to be defeated
crossposted on Out-Of-The-Woodwork
I have a strong astro-hunch that the city income tax will be soundly defeated tomorrow. Mundane (political outcomes prediction) is not my specialty, though I am researching that field.
My educated hunch, then, is that the tax will be defeated. I think many members of the Mayor’s support base will come out to vote, but will vote no.
[update: The income tax was soundly defeated by 1144 votes, 2240 NO to 1096 YES]
I’m not pretending to be impartial on this issue, I have been firmly against it for years.
Ypsilanti faces tough challenges in the housing and business markets, without facing the extra burden of an income tax. It’s a bad idea, there will never be a good time for it in this community.
The cuts that have to be made (with or without the tax) can be made without cutting police and fire services.
The tax is being proposed by the folks who masterminded the Water Street debacle, a sorry blight on Ypsilanti’s landscape that will cost taxpayers 32 million dollars, and is currently home to many derelict buildings, several flocks of geese, and squirrels, groundhogs, and water rats of unknown number.
These are the same people campaigning for Ypsilanti’s future.
These people are well intended, but severely challenged in the delivery department. If Water Street is anything to go by, then Downtown Detroit, Flint, and Hamtramck are going to look prosperous and inviting compared to Ypsilanti’s future under these clowns.