Letters to the Editor

Reader calls for city attorney to be sacked

Dear Editor,
Let’s make the November election of local city council members about who is going to represent the people instead of blindly following bad advice and directives from the city attorney and other so called “experts” who have repeatedly been found wrong.
The city attorney admits he has given the city council bad information. He has directed the city clerk to take actions violating City Charter and state law.
He routinely acts without seeking any direction from or consulting with the city council. The city is and has been involved in multiple law suits and lost all except one where the city attorney is paid with our tax dollars to keep information from the city council and public at his sole discretion. None of this is acceptable.
Does the city have a charter, ordinances and resolutions that should be followed or as the city attorney suggests, do they not matter because there are no repercussions to anyone when they are ignored, except the public and democratic principles when the rules are ignored?
It is troubling that the council and administration routinely follow this bad advice and hearsay. This needs to be addressed at the next election.
Until then, the source of the bad advice must be removed. We then need to vote for those candidates who can think for themselves, question what they are told and represent us, not those who blindly follow the so-called experts who knowingly withhold the truth and act independently of those they are supposed to serve.
Cory Johnston
Clarkston

What has changed about road millage, reader asks

Dear Editor,
In 2015 Pat Kittle mentioned a road millage a couple of times. In the Aug. 12, 2015, Township Times he said the biggest concern from residents was to make sure the township does not get “stiffed” on future road appropriations if we repave our own roads with a local millage (“Road Millage Update – The frustration continues”).
He met with the Road Commission for Oakland County director and was told, “if we repair the primary roads with our own millage, there will no longer be a need and the funds that would have been used for our roads, would instead go towards primary roads in other communities.”
He said “if we go ahead now with a local road millage, we will definitely shoot-ourselves-in-the-foot with future road repair funding.”
And, “this office cannot, in good conscience, ask residents to pay for a service that is clearly the responsibility of the RCOC and then get short-changed on future road appropriations funds.”
In the Jan. 13, 2016, Township Times, Kittle said, “the proposed local road millage to repair/repave Independence roads is all but dead” (2015: A Year In Review”).
In the Aug. 8, 2018, Township Times, there is now going to be a millage proposal on the November ballot (“I hate potholes!”). So have things changed with the RCOC or will we get “stiffed” in the end?
Marsha Eagleton
Independence Township

2 Responses to "Letters to the Editor"

  1. Michael Powell   August 18, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Marsha, I agree 110%. All one has to do is look at the roads that the RCOC has already replaced to call into question whether it’s wise to give the RCOC one dime more of our money for more sub-standard road replacements.

    Taxpayers should take note that we were told previously by Mr. Kittle in this paper that the “average cost would be $7.69 a week”, but now that it’s on the ballot we’re being told that the very same millage will cost “$4.28 a week”. What figure are we to believe?

    As I’m sure you are aware many of the roads that were taken up and replaced less then a year ago are already crumbling and falling apart on the right hand side. The RCOC has been filling those pot holes despite the knowledge that these roads were just replaced!
    Taxpayer’s deserve better then one year “life cycles” on roads that are replaced! It really doesn’t make sense to reward the incompetence of the RCOC with more of our money.

    Property owners should ask themselves this: When was the last time a property tax millage lasted “only four years”? What Mr. Kittle should have said was the “road improvement millage will only last 4 years” until a “renewal” is put back on the ballot.

    I strongly disagree with this proposal and really have to question why any board member would agree to put a double taxation proposal before voters knowing that doing so “stiffs” the property owners of Independence township!

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  2. Cory Johnston   August 18, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    One can also ask how a millage on the property you own has any relationship to your use or abuse of the roads. If you have lived here a long time your property value, and therefore the taxes you pay, are low regardless of how much you drive or if you drive at all. Likewise if you moved here recently, bought new or whatever, it is quite likely your assessed value is higher and you will pay more in taxes regardless of whether you drive a little or not. Sure we all need roads for deliveries, emergencies and the necessity of driving in an area that has no real options, but is this really the best way to pay for it?

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