- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit residents could get the option to pay for enhanced security, snow removal and mosquito abatement in their neighborhoods through a special assessment on property tax bills.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/RjsW65 ) the supporters of the special assessment district ordinance passed unanimously by City Council last week say it can enhance services that the city can’t afford, stabilize neighborhoods and eventually increase property values.

Some residents, however, balk at the cost.

The ordinance needs the OK from state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who is reviewing the matter.

Neighborhood leaders or organizations would propose the new fee to residents, and if a simple majority of property owners approve, taxpayers within the neighborhood’s boundaries must pay. The cost would depend on the neighborhood and what services would be provided.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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