What about other dire consequences raised by the pro-tax side?

It’s no fun to govern without sexy “legacy” projects, and City Hall wants to scare you into paying for them.

In just the past year, the City has bought a $1,200,000 pedestrian bridge, spent $600,000 for a trail (then closed it to the public), committed $2,000,000 for a train platform, and gave a developer up to $750,000 in tax breaks. A few years ago, it also decided to pay city employees at above-market rates (including seasonal teenage workers at the public pool.)

While the fiscal situation is challenging, the debt can be managed without higher taxes, especially as property values (i.e. tax revenues) continue to climb. According to the City, downtown Ypsilanti’s property value jumped from $13.2 million to $21.5 million between 2010 and 2015 – a 62% increase! Revenue trends are strong.

In short, Ypsilanti has a priority problem, not a revenue problem. Address the priorities, and the dire consequences go away.