In June of this year, this is what I had to say on the matter of Detroit and it's school system: Note to Republican Big Wigs: Robert Bobb is Doing What Should Have Been Started by the GOP
As I pointed out in Alaska, less than 50% of the budget makes its way into the classroom.
I will bet that Detroit sees a similar percentage that makes its way into the classroom in Anchorage.
What strikes me about the actions by Robert Bobb is; the GOP has been silent on this issue for years.
The GOP will continue to lose elections, because they put up candidates and put loads of money behind them with the same message that Democrats have.
President Bush was another prime example on education.. He grew the federal budget when the system was corrupt and was wasting tax dollars. Republicans followed and they lost elections.
Now comes along a man who is starting to make appropriate cuts in Detroit Michigan's school system and the GOP is left out of the equation...
Unfortunately, Bobb was being looked at for a no-bid contract given to a previous company he worked for.
But that hasn't deterred Bill Cosby from recognizing a good effort.
Comic Bill Cosby lends support to Detroit schools
As David Horowitz points out in the Beck interview, the conservatives gave up on the inner cities. When it comes to policies of taxing the hell out of the citizens of the city on their property taxes, a conservative has an opportunity to change that.
For the past two months I have been looking at purchasing property in Michigan. And what I have found is many of the homes in foreclosure have back property taxes/utilities that have not been paid.
Here are a few.
9415 WARWICK, DETROIT 48228
3 BEDROOM BRICK BUNGALOW, FIREPLACE, DINING ROOM, FULL BASEMENT, GARAGE
2006 TAXES - $5,905.31
2007 TAXES - $5,270.38
2008 TAXES - $4,266.67
WATER - $833.00
W. SOUTHFIELD / AT W. CHICAGO
9359 SANILAC, DETROIT 48224
3 BEDROOM ALUMINUM? BUNGALOW, DINING ROOM, FULL BASEMENT, GARAGE
2006 TAXES - $3,149.54
2007 TAXES - $5,564.73
2008 TAXES - $3,908.13
WATER - $675.00
N. MORANG / W. I-94
20299 BRADFORD, DETROIT 48205
3 BEDROOM FRAME BUNGALOW, FIREPLACE IN BASEMENT, GARAGE
2006 TAXES - $2,498.13
2007 TAXES - $5,122.78
2008 TAXES - $3,487.84
WATER - $488.00
S. 8 MILE / E. GROESBECK
10804 ROXBURY, DETROIT 48224
4 BEDROOM, 1.5 BATH, BRICK BUNGALOW, FULL BASEMENT, 2 CAR GARAGE
2006 TAXES - $6,373.84
2007 TAXES - $5,782.40
2008 TAXES - $3,989.91
WATER - $13.00
N. WHITTIER / W. BEACONSFIELD
16541 LAWTON, DETROIT 48221
3 BEDROOM BRICK COLONIAL, FIREPLACE, FORMAL DINING ROOM, FULL BASEMENT, GARAGE
2006 TAXES - $5,793.05
2007 TAXES - $5,560.86
2008 TAXES - $3,912.55
WATER - $308.00
S. MCNICHOLS / W. LINWOOD
12018 KILBOURNE, DETROIT 48213
3 BEDROOM FRAME COLONIAL, FIREPLACE, FORMAL DINING ROOM, FULL BASEMENT
2006 TAXES - $3,793.27
2007 TAXES - $3,356.53
2008 TAXES - $2,250.59
WATER - $1,507.00
N. OF E. OUTER DRIVE / E. GRATIOT
20246 BINDER, DETROIT 48234
3 BEDROOM BRICK CAPE COD, FULL BASEMENT
2006 TAXES - $2,173.68
2007 TAXES - $4,745.06
2008 TAXES - $9,881.05 (NOT A TYPO) - MUST INCLUDE PAST DUE WATER OF $4,522.00
S. 8 MILE / W. RYAN
8475 VAUGHAN, DETROIT 48228
3 BEDROOM ALUMINUM BUNGALOW, FULL BASEMENT, GARAGE
2006 TAXES - $3,714.12
2007 TAXES - $4,258.69
2008 TAXES - $3,139.79
WATER - $71.00
S. JOY / W. EVERGREEN
9314 SANILAC, DETROIT 48224
3 BEDROOM BRICK BUNGALOW, FULL BASEMENT, GARAGE
2006 TAXES - $3,469.84
2007 TAXES - $3,275.27
2008 TAXES - $2,082.40
WATER - $208.00
N. MORANG / W. I-94
9757 LAKEPOINTE, DETROIT 48224
2 BEDROOM BRICK RANCH, FIREPLACE, FULL BASEMENT, 3 CAR GARAGE
2006 TAXES - $392.08
2007 TAXES - $4,424.13
2008 TAXES - $2,934.53
WATER - $16.00
E. OF E. OUTER DRIVE / N. HARPER
10053 LAUDER, DETROIT 48227
3 BEDROOM BRICK BUNGALOW, FIREPLACE, 2.5 BATHS, FINISHED BASEMENT, GARAGE
2006 TAXES - $514.22
2007 TAXES - $5,194.96
2008 TAXES - $3,308.12
WATER - $833.00
W. HUBBELL / N. OF W. CHICAGO
16535 EDINBOROUGH, DETROIT 48219
ROSEDALE PARK- 4 BEDROOM BRICK COLONIAL, 2.5 BATHS, FIREPLACE, DEN, FORMAL DINING ROOM, FINISHED BASEMENT
2006 TAXES - $11,095.28
2007 TAXES - $9,963.85
2008 TAXES - $7,596.19
S. MCNICHOLS / E. EVERGREEN
15600 FAIRMOUNT, DETROIT 48205
3 BEDROOM BRICK RANCH, FINISHED BASEMENT, GARAGE, SMOKE DAMAGED, STRUCTURALLY O.K.
2006 TAXES - $3,833.41
2007 TAXES - $3,394.11
2008 TAXES - $2,891.86
WATER - $878.00
S. 8 MILE / E. GRATIOT
3930 CADIEUX, DETROIT 48205
3 BEDROOM BRICK BUNGALOW, FORMAL DINING ROOM, FULL BASEMENT
2007 TAXES - $4,608.65
2008 TAXES - $3,647.38
WATER - $649.00
NORTH OF MACK
15422 WARD, DETROIT 48227
BRICK 2 FAMILY, (2) 2 BEDROOM UNITS, FIREPLACE, FORMAL DINING ROOM, FULL BASEMENT
2007 TAXES - $3,723.44
2008 TAXES - $2,564.50
WATER - $1,730.00
N. FENKELL / E. SCHAEFER
Here is an Eastpointe property that I had purchased for $1000.00 at an auction.
The back property taxes owed are about $5.000.00 with a utility bill of about $800.00.
The common theme in all of these properties is; back taxes owed for about three years and high utility bills.
So this problem with the banks does not fall directly on the banks. It falls in part on the local municipalities and the outrageous taxes that are placed on the homes, homes that for the most part have security doors to protect the homes from theft and vandalism.
Not exactly your poster home for high taxes and a high quality of living is it.
That is why you see Democrats like Maxine Waters and John Conyers complain about the banks when in fact it is the policies of local mayors like the now indicted Kwame Kilpatrick and assembly members like John Conyers' wife who jacked up the taxes that put in some cases, a monthly tax payment that was probably equal or higher than the mortgage payment in 2006 and 2007 on home owners.
And last but not least on the matter of assembly members taking the Obama approach to paying taxes. How about this one from the recent past:
Watson paid pittance for taxes on 'nonexistent' Detroit houseDetroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson paid only $68 in property taxes this year because city records say her well-kept, brick Tudor-style home doesn't exist. Although the home has occupied its west-side plot since 1926, city records have classified the parcel as an empty lot for the past decade.
You compare the property below with the rest of the properties above and you can see, it's who you know that plays in politics. And Obama politics play well in not paying taxes, until you get caught. Meanwhile the rest get "screwed by the man" or in this case, the woman and the man.
Just think how many people could have kept their homes with paying only $68 a year on a much smaller home.
Here is one example of a home on the auction block where the house has a yearly tax of $9500.00.
Many of the homes above, sold on the auction block with the same auction company for $3000.00 or less. The winning bid on the home on Edinborough was $3000.00.
The house in Eastpointe that I had the winning bid on was not accepted by the bank. It went back on the market for $47,000.00
People's lives are being ruined by local government period.
It's time conservatives take back the cities and make them whole again. The citizens there deserve a better quality of life.