Are there forums where we can get more information?

There are occasional question-and-answer sessions with representatives from City Council, often advertised on Facebook or in neighborhood emails. While these can be informative, be sure to consider the source. These forums are typically not opportunities to share your ideas or make suggestions. They are designed to convince you that you have no other choice, and to scare you into voting for higher taxes by threatening to cut public safety services.

Please note that forum organizers often support new taxes and have a vested interest in collecting more. For example, a Development Director will want money for development (and his or her job), not just basic services. Council members often sit on the organizing committees for supporters of higher Ypsilanti taxes. As a result, these forums offer little opportunity for others in the community, including SCIT, to discuss the negative impact of higher taxes, or to offer counterproposals.