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Detroitman
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Team offers ways to revamp Detroit
Advice to mayor: No tax, aid schools

April 20, 2006

BY MARISOL BELLO
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20060420/NEW S01/604200578
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Lmichigan
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In a city and region with such creative and large problems, any advice is starting to sound like good advice. Of course, you're going to have those that sees this as the region butting in on city issues, but the more advice, the better, IMO.
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Detroitman
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I agree with you Lmich, some of these ideas do sound promising such as dumping City Airport, (imo the County Airport Authority should run it), while others seem like wishful thinking at best.
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E_hemingway
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"eliminate the income tax"
Lowering the property taxes is a more urgent need. Yes, the income tax should be eliminated, but I would advise doing that slowly but steadily over say the next 5 to 10 years to help keep revenues steady while trying to slash property taxes by about 30 mills asap.
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Bvos
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Dropping the income tax would bring more businesses into downtown Detroit. The one thing that makes any business pause about moving to downtown (Rock Financial, etc.) is the income tax. They're worried that their employees are going to raise a fuss or jump ship because of the income tax. That's really the only reason businesses hesitate to move downtown. Otherwise a business can get all the tax abatements they want to equal or beat the suburban tax rates.

I also agree with spinning off PLD. That whole department is incompetent and they don't have the staffing to bring the place back up. Turn it over to DTE or someone like that. It can't get any worse than it is today.

Shutting City Airport would make neighborhood residents very happy but make the folks that fly in and out of there on a regular basis mad (Jim Nicholson ironically is one of them).

Selling city owned property has been on the to do list since the Archer era. The problem is that title is cloudy on so many of the properties they can't sell them. KKs been trying to get the landbank through to fix this problem, but the CC raises a racket everytime for reasons unrelated to the landbank.

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