Michigan’s lame duck sessions proved good for Detroit neighborhoods
Several significant bills to help Detroiters were passed through the Michigan Legislature during Thursday’s lame duck sessions. Two of the bills allow county government treasurers flexibility in how they collect delinquent property taxes and reduce the amount of interest they are required to charge on those debts.
Another piece of legislation changed the amount of money insurance companies must put in escrow to pay for the demolition of fire-damaged structures. This same bill allows the City of Detroit to reprogram up to $7 million in fire escrow money for more blighted property removal.
Finally, a package of bills will allow for the creation of a tax-free zone near Coleman A. Young International Airport, which assists the city in negotiations with the UAW, the Big 3, and auto suppliers for creating an industrial park.
In a press statement made on Thursday, Mayor Duggan commented, “State lawmakers today passed three important pieces of legislation that will significantly improve the quality of life for the residents of our city. Individually, these bills help Detroiters avoid tax foreclosure, allow the city to more quickly remove blight and help attract thousands of new jobs to Detroit.”
More help coming for blight removal in Hardest Hit Neighborhoods
Governor Snyder’s office announced that Detroit would get an additional $50 million to continue efforts to remove blight in the city. The dollars are part of a $75 million reallocation of Michigan State Housing Development Authority money from the U.S. Treasury to fight blight.
Public Lighting Authority works with Sherwood Forest on specialty streetlights
Neighbors in Sherwood Forest raised money to install historically styled streetlights, and they celebrated on Wednesday when they were turned on for the first time.
Most City of Detroit Offices to Close for Holidays
Many City of Detroit offices will be closed beginning December 22, 2014 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and reopen on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Normal police, fire, bus, lighting, airport and water/sewerage services will be provided. This is also the final Detroit Dashboard of the year, with our next update scheduled for January 9, 2015.
Side Lot Fair for Districts 1 and 2 scheduled for January 10, 2015
Fresh off the heels of successful Side Lot Fairs in Districts 6 and 7, the Detroit Land Bank Authority is planning their next fair for January 10, 2015. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northwest Activities Center, located at 18100 Meyers Road.
For more information on upcoming Recreation and Community Events, click here.
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