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  •  Just to be clear... (0+ / 0-)

    ...this wouldn't be a city debt. The funds are coming from the state, not the city. That doesn't make this right in any way, but it does mean that it's external to the bankruptcy issue.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 12:18:52 PM PDT

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    •  Not exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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      Taxpayers in three counties surrounding/outside Detroit pay a 0.2-mill property tax that is directly for the Detroit Institute of Arts, the tax is expected to raise $23 million yearly, and last for ten years. Since they're selling off the art, I wonder when they'll rescind the millage (they won't).
      For the hockey rink, it's projected that there will be a total of $444 million in taxpayer funds spent on the project.
      I keep reading in the comments how the state is separate from the city. Funny how it works, though, taxpaying property owners, in and out of the city, are paying for city water (the suburbs buy it), the art museum (millage), and now, a hockey rink.

      •  Yep. I voted for that millage last November. (1+ / 0-)
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        Was happy to do it.  
        If they start selling off stuff I'm going to demand my money back.

        I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

        by DuzT on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:19:00 PM PDT

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