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  •  Bullshit (2+ / 0-)
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    Miss Blue, Kickemout

    They have to raise taxes. Conservative fundamentalism is causing this current crisis.

    •  But there's hardly anybody there to tax. (4+ / 0-)
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      Sparhawk, Victor Ward, grover, Aquarius40

      So I have no idea how they fix my old hometown.

    •  People can just leave (4+ / 0-)

      People who make decent money who live in Detroit can always move out and reduce their obligations in this nature to zero.

      Right now, 38% of taxes paid by people in Detroit go to covering pension obligations. That means that over a third of the taxes a taxpayer pays don't buy any services. They are literally paying for nothing. Why should a 25-year old pay for pension obligations agreed to when she was born? Might as well move away to somewhere a little friendlier.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 04:50:57 PM PDT

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    •  yeah. there is no one left to tax (1+ / 0-)
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      the tax base that is there isn't paying it.  You can say a lot of things about conservative fundamentalism... but you can't say it has anything to do with Detroit's situation.

    •  That's actually illegal (0+ / 0-)

      Taxes are at their statutory maximums.

      Even if the state would change those maximums it's hard to see why Detroiters would vote for higher taxes. Yeah their taxes are low compared to Northeast Ohio, or big cities, but in exchange for their high taxes Detroiters get no cops.

      Yeah if you did a referendum in Detroit on a 3% income tax it would probably pass, as would increased property taxes, because Detroiters hate the idea of screwing pension-holders, and want NYC-level government services. But it would be a tougher sell then you imagine.

      At the moment the best option for Detroit is probably merger with the neighboring counties in the Metro Area. The new City-County could take some services (like police), which would allow Detroit proper to concentrate on other services, and spare everyone the humiliation of Detroit being bankrupt.

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