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The Politics of Surpluses: Fudging the Numbers

In the 2010-2011 proposed budget, the General Fund is projected to bring in $76.3 million in taxes and state profit sharing, and spend $77.9 million dollars, with a $1.5 million dollar deficit (provided all of the City Administrator’s proposed cuts are adopted). Over the past three years, the city’s General Fund has been pushed, pulled […]

April 30th, 2010 | Posted in City Services,Money,Taxes | Read More »

The Politics of Propositions: When Every Scheme Sounds Like a Winner

When Google rode into town promising to create 1,000 jobs by 2011, Mayor and Council responded to the racy proposition by taking over $2 million dollars from the city’s already stretched General Fund and creating a new fund called the Economic Development Fund. It should have been called the Rob Peter to Give Away Money […]

April 25th, 2010 | Posted in Boards and Commissions | Read More »

The Politics of Parking: Revenue Enhancement Versus Turnover, the Cage Match

At the Ward 1 meeting, the room at the Northside Community Center was bright, cheery and not nearly filled to the capacity it is when needly neighborhood residents come out twice weekly to pick up food from the pantry located there. On AnnArbor.com, reporters David Jesse and Tina Reed continued on with what I consider […]

April 14th, 2010 | Posted in City Council,DDA,Econ,Infrastructure,Money,Taxes | Read More »

The Politics of Compulsive Gambling: Shooting Snake Eyes With Public Safety

I got up, had breakfast and was at the Police Station on Fifth Avenue by 7 a.m. on the dot on Wednesday April 7th. Officer Sam James arrived from the Wheeler Center by 7:15. He showed me around the Fifth Avenue station, or at least what’s left of it as the construction and reconstruction continue apace. […]

April 8th, 2010 | Posted in City Services,Money,Safety,Taxes,Uncategorized | Read More »

The Politics of Development: If You Think It’s About Urban Density and Affordable Living, Think Again

There have been political battles involving The Moravian since B.C. 60. Seriously. Hapsburgs figure prominently in this history, as does Milan Kundera. Here in Ann Arbor, The Moravian PUD went down in flames early this morning with very few of the young professionals (YPs) and students in attendance whom developers Jeff Helminski and Newcombe Clark […]

April 6th, 2010 | Posted in Boards and Commissions,City Council | Read More »

The Politics of Perks: Residency Must Have Its Privileges

When I was a kid, at the beginning of every summer vacation kids in Dearborn, Michigan got a free pool pass, a tag that was sewn on to the proud owner’s swimsuit. Today, Dearborn (population 97,700) has eight outdoor pools and a summer family pool pass costs $90 for residents. Ann Arbor has four public […]

April 5th, 2010 | Posted in Best of A2P,Boards and Commissions,City Services,Taxes | Read More »

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