Critic says revisions to Detroit charter ahead of vote could be plan to return to bankruptcy

Detroit residents will have a chance to vote on amending the city’s charter with the P proposal – but critics believe it could be a roadmap to return to bankruptcy.

Proposal P has been in the works for three years, but when the attorney general’s office reviewed it, Dana Nessel discovered that parts of the revised charter were illegal. We are told that instead of making the necessary changes, the Detroit Revision Charter Commission still put it on the voters’ ballot.

The postal ballots with the P proposal come out on Saturday and voters will decide on August 3.

“I personally think it’s a bait and a switch, it’s a double crossing of the people of their city,” said Sheila Cockrel

Cockrel, a former Detroit city councilor who served the city during some of its darker times, is concerned about the commission’s charter revisions.

While this may sound good to the residents of Detroit, who have suggested plenty of changes, Cockrel is concerned that “Proposition P” could threaten the city’s financial future and bankrupt it.

“Why did you put a document that you, as members of the commission, understood to be imperfect, and you as a commission, working to fix it and then throw it out the door?” she said.

The governor rejected the proposal after the attorney general found that many provisions were illegal and would violate Detroit’s adjustment plan, triggering state oversight. Another example is the program that would help with property tax assessments, which violated state law.

Two lower courts decided not to put it on the ballot, so the Detroit Charter Review Board spent weeks trying to correct the P proposition.

But this week, the Michigan Supreme Court overturned the ruling, allowing the charter commission to put the so-called illegal version back on the ballot.

“So that is not true,” said Nicole Small, a member of the charter committee. “The problem is, we have people like Shelia Cockrel and others who think their personal opinions and their voter suppression agenda should trump what the law actually says and what the governor actually says, namely that voters have the right to decide. “

In August, voters will be able to vote on Proposal P, which contains over 100 pages of revisions, including:

  • Fair access to broadband.
  • A water accessibility program that would limit water bills to no more than 3% of a household’s income.
  • A Human Rights Working Group on Reparations for African Americans.

An analysis by the Duggan administration found that the revised charter could cost the city $ 2 billion over four years, which the commission called baseless.

Sheila Cockrel, longtime former Detroit city councilor.

“It’s not based on what’s actually revised in the charter,” Small said. “I wish they would read it and stop this bogus propaganda.”

If adopted, the proposal would enter into force immediately. However, legal battles will likely follow with some litigation related arrangements.

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