Grosse Pointe Shores City Council denies allowing vote on proposed move to Macomb County

By Mara MacDonald, Local 4 Reporter, @MaraMacDonald
Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:43:00 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 21 2012 11:01:07 PM EDT

The Grosse Pointe Shores City Council said no Tuesday night to a proposal which would let voters decide if the city will leave Wayne County for Macomb County.

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. -

Grosse Pointe Shores The Grosse Pointe Shores City Council said no Tuesday night to a proposal which would let voters decide if the city will leave Wayne County for Macomb County.

From the beginning, City Council members had not backed Mayor Pro Tem Dan Schulte's motion to allow voters to decide. Not one Council member or the mayor supported giving the residents the right to vote on it, and many are not so pleased about that.

"I want it on the ballot. I want the people here to make the decision, and if they decide no they don't want to, hey, that's fine. But at least let us make that choice," said Gloria Anton, of Grosse Pointe Shores.

A commission set up to study the pros and cons of leaving Wayne County for Macomb County found a pretty big pro: A $4 million reduction in property taxes. The commission also found the move would not affect schools or service.

For Schulte, it was a simple finance issue.

Grosse Pointe Shores Mayor Pro Tem Dan Schulte "We get pretty excited here about a 1/2-mil increase, about a 1-mil increase, so a 4-mil reduction is huge," he said.

However, despite the commission's unanimous recommendation to let the Grosse Pointe Shores voters decide, the City Council refuses to put it on the November ballot.

Residents such as Greg Walton are not ready to let the issue go. He and others are collecting signatures to get the Macomb County jump on the ballot.

"We've had, obviously, a council change and a mayor change in the election of last year, and all I can say is I don't understand it," said Walton. "But by in large, most of them don't want to leave Wayne County."

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