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While Ann Arbor Pols Push Tax Hike, Street Repair Millage Fund Balloons & Miles of Roads Resurfaced Plummets

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For more than five years, Ann Arbor residents have had to deal with a mismanaged and heavy- handed city sidewalk program which forced them to pay for repairing sidewalks along their property.   City officials estimate property owners spent more than $7 million to repair sidewalks during the five year program that shifted the cost [...]

October 8th, 2011 | Posted in Econ,Featured,Infrastructure,Taxes | Read More »

Before 2006 Park Millage Vote Pols Passed Resolution to “Protect” Park Tax Dollars (Then Diverted Millions). Now, Sabra Briere Proposes to “Protect” Road Repair Millage Money.

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by P.D. Lesko City staff, John Hieftje, his City Council pals, the Board members of the Downtown Development Authority and even the members of the Board of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority want taxpayers to renew the city’s Street Repair Millage for another five years. To get you to do it, city staffers and politicos [...]

September 19th, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Art,Econ,Featured,Infrastructure,Money,Taxes | Read More »

Turning Off the Money Spigot: Why Voters Should Just Say No To The Street Repair Millage in November

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by P.D. Lesko Ann Arbor residents pay some of the highest per capita property taxes in the state, including a street repair millage that is up for renewal in November. Ann Arbor has the third worst roads in the entire state, and a Street Repair Millage Fund with a $14-$28 million dollar surplus, depending on [...]

September 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Econ,Infrastructure,Money,Taxes | Read More »

Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr]: Wives of Ann Arbor Politicos Vow to Withhold Sex Until Stadium Bridge/Road Repairs Made

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If this libretto sounds familiar, it originated in ancient Greece. Aristophanes’s comic play “Lysistrata” debuted in 411 BCE, and it is the story of one woman’s devoted efforts to end the Pelopennesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to [...]

June 28th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Infrastructure,Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr] | Read More »

WEEKLY WHOPPER: In Ann Arbor Just 21 of The City’s 300 Miles Of Roads Are in Poor Condition (It’s Obviously Local Drivers Who Are Cracked)

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The Street Repair Millage is up for renewal in 2011, and the city staff want to ask for a tax increase to have the City pay for sidewalk repair, something Ann Arbor did for many years using, yes, the City’s own money. Then, John Hieftje’s administration got the bright idea that Ann Arbor citizens could [...]

June 15th, 2011 | Posted in Fact Check,Featured,Infrastructure,Weekly Whoppers | Read More »

Ann Arbor Has Third Worst Roads in Michigan and Some Seriously Fed Up Residents

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Since 2008, Ann Arbor has been at the top of MITA’s list of cities with the worst roads in the state of Michigan. With its Road Repair Millage that brings in $9-$11 million dollars per year in funds that, in theory, are supposed to be used for road repair, Ann Arbor in 2010, was judged [...]

May 12th, 2011 | Posted in Infrastructure | Read More »

New Federal Spending Bill Includes $528 Million in TIGER Grant Funding. Ann Arbor Funding Still Not Obligated.

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According to the final summary of the recent agreement between the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and White House, the 2011 U.S. Congressional Appropriations bill avoids a government shutdown and shaves almost $40 billion dollars off of the $1.049 trillion dollar federal budget. For a list of program cuts, click here. For the Department of [...]

April 16th, 2011 | Posted in Infrastructure,Michigan politics,Politics,U.S. politics | Read More »

Library Lot Underground Parking Garage Retaining Wall Collapses: DDA Contractor Has History of Wall Collapses on Projects

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A2PNotes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores” because you read it here first. The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and Christman Construction released a joint statement today concerning the retaining wall collapse that happened over the weekend at the site of the Fifth Avenue underground garage site. The statement, titled, “Christman response to incidences [...]

March 28th, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Best of A2P,DDA,Infrastructure,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

Millions in TIGER II Grant Funds Distributed, But Not To Ann Arbor

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A2PNotes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores!!” because you read it here first. From the March 20, 2011 issue of The Clarksville Business & Heritage newspaper: “On March 17, 2011 Governor Bill Haslam and ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty traveled to Union City, Tenn. on Thursday, March 17, to discuss the development of the Port [...]

March 25th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Infrastructure,Politics,Scoops & Scores!!,U.S. politics | Read More »

The Politics of Grandstanding: City Officials Claim TIGER II Grant Money For Stadium Bridge “Obligated” While U.S. DOT Officials Deny Funds Set For Release

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Ann Arbor City Council members are feeling intense heat over repeated delays in the replacement of the Stadium Bridge. Fourth Ward Council member Marcia Higgins ran for re-election in 2009 and claimed the Stadium Bridge was one of her “main concerns.” It’s two years later, and Higgins is up for re-election once again. When Mayor [...]

March 16th, 2011 | Posted in Infrastructure,U.S. politics | Read More »

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