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Vote down proposal


To the Editor:

We believe that the new millage proposed by the Grosse Pointe Board of Education at a March 16 special election should be voted down (“Special election for sinking fund tax set for March,” Jan. 15).

A couple of years ago we received “tax relief” by trading a slight reduction in our real estate school tax for an increase in our sales tax. Ever since, the real estate school tax has been increasing while we continue to pay the increased sales tax. This is another effort to continue the increase.

Special elections are notorious for achieving the ends of special-interest groups. It is well known that special elections draw mostly those voters who support the special purpose with a result that is not reflective of the general community, if the issue had been presented at a general election. Special elections are not a fair test of the community’s will. The cost of a special election is an additional burden on the community. All of this is reflected in a new state law which limits special elections.

The school system is by no means in dire straits. Like all of us, when we may be a little short, the board needs to “make do” with what it has. Let’s sink the “sinking fund” by showing up and voting no.

Thomas and Marilyn Ricard

Grosse Pointe Park

Thomas and Marilyn Ricard
January 21, 2004

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